Ragozin Defence (D38 – D39)

The Ragozin Defence is characterized by the moves

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Bb4

The QGD Ragozin Defence offering Black active play from the start, has enjoyed a resurgence in recent times. It is at the forefront of chess theory. With the surge of 3.Nf3 as an answer to Nimzo-Indian set-ups and with the difficulties that the black players have suffered with the Queen’s Indian, it was natural to turn to the Ragozin as a solid and reliable way to counter white’s set-ups. The Ragozin is being played by every top grandmaster in the world.

Viacheslav Vasilyevich Ragozin (8 October 1908 – 11 March 1962) was a Soviet chess Grandmaster, an International Arbiter of chess, and a World Correspondence Chess Champion. He was also a chess writer and editor. His contributions to opening theory mainly concerned the development of systems by which Black could achieve equality in the Queen's Gambit and Nimzo-Indian complexes.




D38

Queens Gambit Declined: Ragozin Variation

D38 Queens Gambit Declined: Ragozin Variation

 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 Bb4

Study Games for Eco Code D38

D38

D39

Queens Gambit Declined: Ragozin, Vienna Variation

D39 Queens Gambit Declined: Ragozin, Vienna Variation

 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 Bb4 5. Bg5 d5xc4

Study Games for Eco Code D39