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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Viacheslav Ragozin
Training Game (1936), ??
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Zurich Variation (E33)  ·  1-0



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Jul-01-06  refutor: two things

one, i can't see this game (because of the pgn 12. O-OO-O)

two, i don't understand ragozin's play at all. was there an idea behind 15. ...Ne4?? or was it just an oversight

Sep-09-07  Maynard5: This game is almost a test case in how White should play against the Ragozin system in the Queen's Gambit Declined (which is arrived at here by transposition). Black's idea with ... Nc6 is to achieve rapid development, and open the center, generally with ... e5. Botvinnik had himself used this approach successfully, for instance in a well-known victory over Kotov in 1936. However, here White establishes a solid pawn formation in the center, and deploys his rooks on the half-open b-file and c-file, applying pressure against Black's backward pawns. A positional win for White would have been the justified outcome of this game. Unfortunately, Black simply blunders a piece. The opening of this game is theoretically significant, even if the rest of the game is catastrophic.
Aug-07-09  Knight13: <i don't understand ragozin's play at all> Me neither. 11...Bh3?! was more of a show-off move which does absolutely nothing. Taking the bishop on d3 was more ideal.

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