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Viacheslav Ragozin
Number of games in database: 666
Years covered: 1926 to 1959

Overall record: +222 -223 =221 (49.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (37) 
    B74 B40 B88 B59 B95
 Ruy Lopez (32) 
    C77 C91 C90 C74 C78
 Nimzo Indian (26) 
    E33 E53 E23 E59 E34
 Orthodox Defense (25) 
    D51 D63 D50 D52 D56
 English (24) 
    A15 A13 A14 A10 A18
 French Defense (20) 
    C18 C10 C05 C15 C11
With the Black pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (48) 
    E51 E33 E53 E40 E21
 Ruy Lopez (48) 
    C84 C79 C77 C61 C81
 Queen's Gambit Declined (29) 
    D38 D30 D31 D39 D35
 Sicilian (20) 
    B84 B80 B73 B72 B51
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (19) 
    C84 C86 C92 C95 C89
 Grunfeld (19) 
    D94 D81 D95 D71 D92
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Lilienthal vs Ragozin, 1935 0-1
   Ragozin vs P Noskov, 1930 1-0
   Ragozin vs Veresov, 1945 1-0
   Ragozin vs Taimanov, 1945 1-0
   Ragozin vs Boleslavsky, 1942 1-0
   A Ebralidze vs Ragozin, 1937 0-1
   Najdorf vs Ragozin, 1948 0-1
   Ragozin vs E E Book, 1946 1-0
   Lilienthal vs Ragozin, 1944 0-1
   V Bergraser vs Ragozin, 1956 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   2nd World Correspondence Chess Championship (1956)
   Moscow (1947)
   Leningrad/Moscow training (1939)
   USSR Championship 1934/35 (1934)
   Leningrad Championship (1932)
   USSR Championship (1945)
   Moscow (1935)
   USSR Championship (1947)
   USSR Championship (1939)
   USSR Championship (1940)
   USSR Championship (1944)
   USSR Championship (1956)
   Saltsj÷baden Interzonal (1948)
   USSR Championship (1948)
   USSR Championship (1949)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Ragozin's Selected Games by meloncio
   Ragozin's Selected Games by nakul1964

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(born Oct-08-1908, died Mar-11-1962, 53 years old) Russia
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Viacheslav Vasiliyevich Ragozin was born in St. Petersburg. Awarded the GM title in 1950 and the GMC title in 1959 when he won the 2nd World Correspondence Chess Championship (1956) - (1959), he also won the Leningrad Championship in 1936 [rusbase-1] and 1945 [rusbase-2]. He played board 8 (out of 10) against Herbert Seidman in the historic USA-USSR radio match in September 1945, beating Seidman 2-0. He was for many years the sparring partner of Mikhail Botvinnik and contributed significantly to his successes. He worked actively for FIDE (the World Chess Federation), edited Shakhmaty v SSSR magazine and wrote an excellent book on the 1st Botvinnik - Tal Match in 1960. He died in Moscow in 1962 whilst compiling Izbrannye Partii Ragozina, a collection of his own games. The book was completed by his friends under the editorship of M. Beilin and finally published in 1964.

Wikipedia article: Viacheslav Ragozin

 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 666  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ragozin vs N V Krylenko 1-0311926USSR CorrespondenceD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
2. Ragozin vs P Romanovsky 0-1241927LeningradA04 Reti Opening
3. Botvinnik vs Ragozin 1-0341927LeningradC16 French, Winawer
4. I Rosenthal vs Ragozin 0-1421928Central Syndicates Champ.D02 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Ragozin vs S A Mudrev 1-0281928Central Syndicates Champ.A15 English
6. Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs Ragozin  0-1361929Leningrad MatchC15 French, Winawer
7. Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs Ragozin 0-1421929Leningrad MatchD00 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs Ragozin  0-1241929Leningrad MatchC15 French, Winawer
9. A Poliak vs Ragozin  1-0351929USSR ChampionshipD95 Grunfeld
10. Ragozin vs Botvinnik 0-1141929USSR ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Ragozin vs Botvinnik 0-1631930Leningrad mastersC56 Two Knights
12. Ragozin vs Levenfish 1-0351930Leningrad Masters TournamentB10 Caro-Kann
13. Botvinnik vs Ragozin 1-0241930Leningrad chD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Ragozin vs P Noskov 1-0211930Moscow-Leningrad MatchB40 Sicilian
15. A Y Model vs Ragozin 1-0391930Leningrad sim (tel)D07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
16. Ragozin vs Levenfish  1-0351931Leningrad-chB10 Caro-Kann
17. Ragozin vs Zamikhovsky  1-0371932Leningrad-Kiev MatchD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. Ragozin vs P Romanovsky 1-0351932Leningrad Masters Tourn.D96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
19. I Rabinovich vs Ragozin  ½-½761932Leningrad ChampionshipA13 English
20. Ragozin vs A Y Model 0-1301932Leningrad ChampionshipA95 Dutch, Stonewall
21. Botvinnik vs Ragozin 1-0291932Leningrad ChampionshipE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
22. Ragozin vs G Goldberg 1-0621932Leningrad ChampionshipD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
23. Alatortsev vs Ragozin 1-0271932Leningrad ChampionshipE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
24. Ragozin vs L Savitsky  ½-½821932Leningrad ChampionshipC15 French, Winawer
25. Chekhover vs Ragozin 0-1341932Leningrad ChampionshipA84 Dutch
 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 666  PGN Download
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  Benzol: <blingice> Thanks. It took something like seven months working practically everyday but I think the end product was worthwhile. However, it must be remembered that I was not working totally alone and I extend my heartfelt thanks to the other contributors.

BIDMONFA is lucky in a way that a lot of the spade work has already been done for him.

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  Gypsy: <Benzol> I second <blingice> and thank you for your efforts!
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  Benzol: <Gypsy> Many thanks mate. One of my future hopes is that <Resignation Trap> and <Eastfrisian> and yourself get put onto the administrators list.


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  Gypsy: <Benzol> I would have to learn to spell ...
Apr-01-06  hidude: This guy is smart...
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  keypusher: Whiteshark, I don't think your link works, so I reposted it. Certainly an interesting collection of pictures! Can anyone explain this one?

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  whiteshark: player of the day

Thanks <keypusher>. I deleted my post with this faulty link. Usually I check the links before submittung the post. But this time it was only the wikipedia link, for some reason.

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  whiteshark: <keypusher> Here you find the story related to the said picture: (scroll down).
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  keypusher: <whiteshark> Terrific article; thanks for the link!
Oct-08-08  brankat: R.I.P. Master and Teacher.
Dec-06-08  dramas79: <Benzol: In a partnership that was mutually beneficial Ragozin helped Botvinnik become World Champion.> Didn't Botvinnik implicitly accuce Ragozin of leaking preparation to Smyslov at some point in time?
Dec-10-08  Karpova: After Moscow 1936

Jose Raul Capablanca: <In certain games Ragozin played with great vigor, but at critical moments he makes mistakes.>

From the Russian Bulletin of the event (special issue of "64"), No. 20, 13 June 1936.

Source: Page 275 of Winter, Edward: "Capablanca: a compendium of games, notes, articles, correspondence, illustrations and other rare archival materials on the Cuban chess genius Jose Raul Capablanca, 1888-1942.", Jefferson, North Carolina, 1989

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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

" Tal doesn't move the pieces by hand; he uses a magic wand. "

-- Ragozin


Oct-08-10  brankat: An invaluable second, a fine writer and teacher. R.I.P. GM Ragozin.
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  wordfunph: <He died in Moscow in 1962 whilst compiling "Izbrannye Partii Ragozina", a collection of his own games.>

his book is available at ebay..

good luck to the lucky buyer!

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  jessicafischerqueen: Live film footage-

This is a short film showing part of a training game between <Ragozin> and <Mikhail Botvinnik>:

Oct-08-11  brankat: Hmmm, Botvinnik made the last move and then stopped the clock, A handshake. I take it Ragozin had won that one :-)
Oct-08-11  ughaibu: Regardless of the result, this database has no game with Botvinnik as white against Ragozin which finishes as does that in the video. Can you imagine Botvinnik allowing a real training game to be filmed?
Oct-08-11  brankat: <ughaibu> Indeed. And not only Botvinnik. This one may have been some sort of a promo, perhaps?
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  wordfunph: "In chess, Ragozin was a fearsome fighter, but even more, in his creative approach, he was an artist, an explorer (and a very successful one) of truth and beauty. At the board , he was never "stingy", never thought only about material , and in life generally, he was no businesman."

- GM Salomon Flohr

Source: The Ragozin Complex - A Guide for White and Black by Vladimir Barsky

Oct-08-12  LoveThatJoker: GM Ragozin, today you are remembered!


May-19-13  EvanTheTerrible: So close to 218 - 218 - 218. That would have been marvelous.
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  PhilFeeley: The following game is missing from the database:

Ragozin - Veresov, Moscow, 1945

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be2 Bg7 7. 0-0 0-0 8. Be3 Nc6 9. Nb3 Be6 10. f4 Qc8 11. Qe1 Ng4 12. Bxg4 Bxg4 13. f5 gxf5 14. h3 f4 15. Rxf4 Bh5 16. Nd5 Qd7 17. Qh4 Bg6 18. Raf1 Rac8 19. c3 Rfe8 20. Rg4 b5 21. Nd4 Nxd4 22. Bxd4 Rc4 23. Bxg7 Kxg7 24. Rxg6+ fxg6 25. Rf7+ Kxf7 26. Qxh7+ Ke6 27. Qxg6+ Ke5 28. Qg7+ Kxe4 29. Nf6+ exf6 30. Qxd7 Rxe5 31. Qxd6 Kf5 32. Qxd7+ Kg6 33. Qxa7 Re2 34. Qa3 Rf4 35. Qd6 1-0

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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

" Tal doesn't move the pieces by hand; he uses a magic wand. "

-- Ragozin

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