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Leonid Shamkovich vs Viacheslav Ragozin
URS-ch sf (1957), Leningrad URS, rd 2, Nov-12
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Breyer Defense Zaitsev Hybrid (C95)  ·  0-1



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Mar-31-06  dakgootje: Nice game, but what exactly is wrong with 31. Qe5+? It wins the white bishop doesnt it???
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  WannaBe: <dakgootje:...31. Qe5+? It wins the white bishop doesnt it???> Errr.... I don't see how.
Mar-31-06  dakgootje: <WannaBe> Huh okay its late here, i know but uhm huh, am i that cross-eyed? -.-

Well like 31. ...Qe5 is check so possible moves are Kg1\Kh1 followed by Qxg5 or g3 followed by Qxg5 or Bf4 followed by Qxf4, right?

Guess ive got to look at this tommorow again when i, hopefully will be able to write correctly again.

Apr-01-06  dakgootje: what i remembered about this game from last night: I posted here my second comment about this game, thinking what i oversaw, as i probably did as it was...well just a bit past midnight...not too much of course... a well maybe a little more then just a bit... okay it was just past 1.30 AM, so my thinking wasnt as clear as i wanted to be anymore, but okay i posted here fully convinced i didnt oversee anything. Then i realised it was time to go to bed thus shut down the computer. And the very same moment my screen turns black i think f4. Having not realised this move while looking for it, now i thought f4. So for a few moments i thought how i could've missed this move, but soon quitted this and went to bed ;-)
Jan-01-15  estrick: One of the pioneering games in the Breyer Variation, which first appears in the database only three years prior to Shamkovich-Ragozin. 12. c5 still appears today, but 12. ...b4 disappeared after 1958.

In Al Horowitz' 'Chess Openings Theory and Practice' (1964) the first 20 moves of this game is the only example of the Breyer Variation in his 112 page treatment of the Ruy Lopez. It is given as Supplementary Variation #30, and is not named.

The series of exchanges commencing with 13 ...exd4, that leads to White getting a rook and two minor pieces for a queen and two pawns seems daring for both players.

Horowitz says that White has the better game after 20 moves and adds in the footnote that, "After both 21.Rxe7 Nxd3, 22. Bd2 Re8, 23. Re3 and 21. Bf1 Nb3, 22. Rxe7 Nxa1, 23. axb4,
White maintains a minimal initiative."

21. Bc2 evidently allowed Black to sieze the initiative. And by move 28, Black's queen and advanced pawns were able to overwhelm White's poorly placed /undeveloped rook and two minor pieces.

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