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Viacheslav Ragozin vs Peter Arsenievich Romanovsky
Leningrad (1927)
Zukertort Opening: Nimzo-Larsen Variation (A04)  ·  0-1

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Jan-13-07  Timothy Glenn Forney: 18...Rxf2!! Starts one of the greatest combinations I have ever seen.19...Nxb4! 20.Rxg2! and the top it off 21...Qxg3!! This game is a forgotten brilliancy.WOW.
May-15-07  prinsallan: Thanks <TGF> for showing me this gem. The winning combination is as striking as it is beautiful!
May-24-07  Timothy Glenn Forney: Your welcome,I would love to have just one game this brilliant ,in my lifetime otb and in a tournament.Maybe this is what inspired the Great Tal.
Jun-11-07  prinsallan: I wish you the best of luck in that quest. Well, back to the end-game studies for me ;)
Jun-15-07  outsider: well, this is romanovsky's style. see his games, mates. many of them are really great, not just this one. at his best in about 1925 he was definitely in top 10 of the world
Feb-07-08  Zorts: Nice combination, but white's key mistake 16. Rfb1 ?? is like...hey, was this game fixed or something?
Aug-18-08  Vonzi: Why is this lost for white? sorry I'm a beginner.
Aug-18-08  myschkin: . . .
<vonzi>

e.g.
25.Ke1 Qh1+
26.Kd2 Qxe4
27.Rh1 Bh6+

and mate is not far ...


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By the way, I am a beginner with a chess soft - no need to say sorry for asking here :)

Greetings

Feb-12-11  Llawdogg: Good game. Very nice. Very nice, indeed.
Mar-11-12  backrank: Romanovsky's immortal!

However, Ragozin has played very weak here.

Chernev, in 'The Russians Play Chess' (1946), comments on this game:

'Romanovsky demonstrates the terrific potential power of a centralized position. Eventually he reaops the fruit of his position play and forces a break with a scintillating combination, liberally sprinkled with pins and Knight forks. Ragoin, then a very young player, lost this game; but his present high reputation is evidence that one such defeat taught him more than would a hunderd victories.'

And Chernev does justice to Ragozin by including a few very nice victories by him on the further pages of the book.

It's a pity that, instead of the brilliant 18. ... Rxf2!!, the much more easier 18. ... e3 would also have won.

But Romanovsky's combination is totally correct and of stunning beauty ... I was floored when I first saw it ... I almost couldn't believe that such a gem seems to be virtually unknown!

Jul-31-12  backrank: After 18. ... Rxf2!!, Chernev gives the following variations:

19. Kxf2 Qxg3+ 20. Kf1 (Kg1 Nf4) Rf8+ 21. Ngf3 (21. Ndf3 Qxg5 loses the Nf3 since 22. Qxe4 succumbs to Ng3+) Nf4 22. Bh1 Nxh3 and mate is threatened on f2 and g1 (note that the Nf3 is pinned and doesn't defend the square g1!):


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Jul-31-12  backrank: More brilliant variations, given by Chernev after 20. ... Rxg2+! :

I. 21. Kh1 Qxg3!! 22. Nxg3 Nxg3# (the Rg2 is now protected by the Bb7, thanks to the interpolation 19. ... Nxb4!)


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II. 22. Kf1 Rxe4! 23. Nxe4 (23. Kxg2 Rxe2+) Bxe4 24. Qxe4 Nxg3+


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Jul-31-12  backrank: And finally, after 22. Kh1 (instead of Kf1), he gives Rxe4 23. Nxe4 Be5 (threatening mate on h2; if 24. e3 then Bxe4+)


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In the final position (i.e. after 24. ... Qxh3+), Chernev explains that the white knight is lost whereever the white king goes (25. Kg1 Qg4+; 25. Ke1 Qh1+; 25. Kf2 Qe3+), and he concludes his comments to the game with the words:

'An entertaining illustration of the ease with which a King side attack can be conducted, once the center is fully controlled.'

Aug-07-12
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  bharat123: Rogin played very passive. Conceded the centre,and space. His queen side counter play did not take off. all these resulted in a vastly superior strategic position for black. The move Rxf2 is relatively simple in such asuperior positions. I didnot guess the move correctly though I got 55 points out of maximum of 69. Good show by Romanovsky.
Aug-14-12  backrank: <bharat123: Rogin played very passive. Conceded the centre,and space. His queen side counter play did not take off. all these resulted in a vastly superior strategic position for black. The move Rxf2 is relatively simple in such asuperior positions.>

Agreed! As Fischer commented on one of his own games: 'As usual, tactics flows from a positionally superior game.'

Aug-14-12  5leafclover: I once played an OTB game when I moved bishop, my only developed piece, 3 times in the opening, third time to sac it on h2! Won the brilliancy prize. Don't have the score, though: submitted the only copy for the prize:).
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