My passed pawns are too fast


Another great player from the past is a gentleman to whom a variation of the QGD opening is dedicated: Ragozin.

Today we present you the game between Lilienthal and Ragozin played in Moscow in 1935.

The opening is the Nimzo-Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation.

The game seems to be a monologue by White, dominating in the middlegame according to the engine.

However, Black playing in the queenside is a major trouble as Ragozin creates two passed pawns by sacrificing BOTH rooks on move 27 and 31.

For Lilienthal there is no much to do, despite being up in material, and is forced to resign.

Brilliant game by Ragozin!

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