Need sure points? QGD, Ragozin Variation Edition

If you want to play for a draw, don’t leave anything to chance. Just force either a completely drawn ending or a perpetual.
Magnus Carlsen

It took me a while to get into the Ragozin defence of QGD. I played with success the Catalan for a number of years and forcing Nb8-c6 in front of the c7-pawn, made me feel White already had an advantage after it. It is possible my opponents were not very happy with that prospect either, as I did not encounter it very often. Then Magnus Carlsen, Viswanathan Anand and Levon Aronian started using it; that forced me switch my rose coloured glasses for the regular ones.

There are a number of move orders both sides need to be aware of; some can lead in unwanted directions. What seems to be popular in the last few years is the 5. Bg5 line. I have selected 3 games to show how the play could go on. Two of them are Magnus games. If he can play it, anyone can do. Hope it will pick your interest to do some studying in this variation. The third game shows that 6. Bxf6 is arguably a better move than 6. Bh4

Eugen Demian

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Valer Eugen Demian

Author: Valer Eugen Demian

The player – my first serious chess tournament was back in 1974, a little bit late for today’s standards. Over the years I have had the opportunity to play all forms of chess from OTB to postal, email and server chess. The journey as a player brought me a lot of experience and a few titles along the way: FIDE CM (2012), ICCF IM (2001) and one ICCF SIM norm (2004). The instructor – my career as a chess teacher and coach started in 1994 and continues strong. I have been awarded the FIDE Instructor title (2007) for my work and have been blessed with great students reaching the highest levels (CYCC, NAYCCC, Pan-Am, WYCC). I am very proud of them! See my website for more information. I have developed my own chess curriculum on 6 levels based on my overall chess knowledge and hands-on experience. A glimpse of it can be seen in my first chess app:
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