Playing the Ragozin

By Richard Pert

Format: Paperback

The Ragozin is an ideal system against 1.d4: Black establishes a foothold in the centre and quickly develops his pieces on active squares, with good chances for dynamic counterplay. Black's opening has proven its worth at the highest level, yet the underlying ideas are simple enough to be learned without excessive memorization of variations.

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The Ragozin is an ideal system against 1.d4: Black establishes a foothold in the centre and quickly develops his pieces on active squares, with good chances for dynamic counterplay or a kingside attack. Black's opening has proven its worth at the highest level, yet the underlying ideas are simple enough to be learned without excessive memorization of variations.

In this book, IM Richard Pert shares his own complete repertoire for Black after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6. The main subject is the Ragozin, which occurs after 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 Bb4, but the author also provides thoughtful recommendations in the related 3.Nc3 Bb4 variation, as well as against the Catalan (3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3) and all other popular White options. Throughout the book, Pert not only checks for theoretical soundness, but also goes out of his way to avoid forced draws and other dead-equal positions, making this repertoire especially suitable for practical players who want to play for a win with Black.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Quality Chess
Publication Date 21 Dec 2016
ISBN 9781784830304
Number of Pages 440

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Pert is very thorough and does a terrific job of presenting the best theoretical lines for Black... Playing the Ragozin is a first rate effort that will prove of interest to anyone looking for a defense to 1.d4.

Overall this is an opening book that I like very much... Even in the quiet variations the author always finds ways to save the game from the complete drying out... As with all Quality Chess publications, there is also an abundance of innovations, so I highly recommend this book to everyone!

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