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Viacheslav Ragozin vs Mikhail Tal
Riga (Latvia) (1951), It
Semi-Slav Defense: Noteboom Variation (D31)  ·  0-1



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  Doctor Who: Another incredible Tal sacrifice!
Sep-29-04  Bigbluedog: Tal was a chess genius of the highest order. When I think of Tal, I always think of Fischer. For only Fischer ranks above him as chess genius. thedoggieman Bigbluedog
Nov-06-05  solstys: I personally think Tal may have been as much a genius as Fischer, just a little before his time.
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  Honza Cervenka: I think that this game was played in a simultaneous exhibition of Ragozin. It is really lovely performance of young Tal (15) showing his tactical insight and aptitude. The fun begins after Ragozin's 19.Rfd1 allowing a "little" trading combo via 20...Ne3!? (21.fxe3 Bxh3 22.Bxh3 Rxf3), which demolishes white's position and gives black an initiative but the real killer is 27...Nd4! This Knight forks Rc2 and Bf3 and so white is forced to accept the sac but this leads to a threat of discovered check with decisive advantage. White then tried to put up a resistance by sacrificing the Queen but it did not help him much. In already hopeless position white blundered a Rook and resigned.
Mar-28-08  enoughsaid05: 4) ...dxc4
Tal sacrificed the centre for greater piece mobility despite a more crammed space


To prevent Tal from setting up queen side formation with b5

Tal continued to set up pressure on the centre.

First he started with Bb4 to pin the knight on c3, followed by c5! (if dxc5, qxc5 will cause white to lose the castling privilege) and finally Nc6! with a threat of cxd4, winning a knight.

With this trap set up, white scrambles to protect his d pawn with Be3, cramming his own space.

Be3 is untimely, and is in a very unstable position. As we can see, 9) Ng4! threatens to send the bishop scrambling for life.

10) Ne4

White is desperate to release the pressure. The knight on e4 however is causing white to lose a few tempo with f5!, h7!, e5!

From move 18, Tal is going to weaken the king side.

20) ... Ne3!!

This give Black a big plus in attack and tempo. If fxe3??, Black hits with 1) ... Bxh3 2) Bxh3 Rxf3 with a threat of Bc5, directing the fire power in the direction towards the king.

Black's game went downhill from there.

May-21-12  Rapidom: Nice Rxd2! also unplayed on move 27. for black, followed by Bxe3. For Eg, 27...Rxd2 28.Rxd2 Bxe3+ 29.Rdf2 Rxf3!
Nov-10-12  Bratek: <Honza Cervenka: I think that this game was played in a simultaneous exhibition of Ragozin.><Vyacheslav Ragozin, the friend and sparring partner of Botvinnik himself. The famous master from Moscow had crossed swords with Lasker and Capablanca, not to speak of players like Levenfish, Romanovsky and Kan. And he was going to give a simultaneous display in Riga. The announcement was music to Misha's ears. Surely, he was going to beat Ragozin and then the master from Moscow would go to see Botvinnik and give him the bad news: "Mikhail Moiseevich, there is a little boy in Riga, and he is going to take away your crown.”>
Nov-10-12  DarthStapler: Brilliant
Nov-10-12  sicilianhugefun: This game was played in 1948 according to Chessbase.
May-06-14  1d410: The young Tal completely chews up a famous chess player.
Mar-15-15  Cactusjuice: Quite creative tactics
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