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Vasily Smyslov vs Viacheslav Ragozin
USSR Championship (1947), Leningrad URS, rd 6, Feb-11
Semi-Slav Defense: Botvinnik System. Alatortsev System (D44)  ·  1-0

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Feb-28-06  dangerousliaisons: Not sure what to think about blacks idea in the opening here... At first glance it seems horrible, giving up the exchange for not very much, what do people think that black felt he got for playing it this way?
Mar-09-06  aw1988: Active piece play, ie rapid development.
Oct-03-09  King.Arthur.Brazil: I guess that 9...Nd5 is the disaster, as proved by this game. From that game on, the Black tried: hxg5 Bxg5 N8d7 followed by Be7, deppending on white answers. On 12...c5, it seems that Black will have attack, but this is false. After 16 O-O, black "attack" over, his King is in the center and nothing for quality: easy win.
Sep-23-14  zydeco: Other Soviet grandmasters were impressed with Ragozin's creativity. Here he tries a tricky line (9....Nd5) that backfires. It looks like he played it three times and lost all three games. Smyslov comments that 'it's an interesting game from a theoretical point of view.'
Jun-01-18
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  plang: 9..Nd5!? is a rarely played sideline which commits Black to an exchange sacrifice. It had first been played by Ragozin in the 1939 USSR Championship. This game was played in the 6th round; two rounds earlier Lilienthal had played 12 Qd2 against Ragozin and had gone on to win. 12 Rc1 was new. 17..Nxc3 18 Nf7+..Kc7 19 Qd6+..Kc8 20 c6 would also have been winning for White.

This line is still played every now and then but it has never scored well for Black.

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