The QGD Ragozin Defence | Chess Openings Explained

National Master Julian Proleiko deeply explores the Ragozin variation of the Queen’s Gambit and Nimzo-Indian. See the old ways and modern styles of Black achieving equality with the Ragozin.

Osvaldo Manuel Bazan vs Robert James Fischer, Mar del Plata (1960): D38 Queen’s Gambit Declined, Ragozin variation

Fridrik Olafsson vs Robert James Fischer, Portoroz Interzonal (1958): D38 Queen’s Gambit Declined, Ragozin variation

Viktor Laznicka vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, World Cup (2009): D38 Queen’s Gambit Declined, Ragozin variation

Hikaru Nakamura vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Tal Memorial (2013): D38 Queen’s Gambit Declined, Ragozin variation

Levon Aronian vs Wesley So, Sinquefield Cup (2017): D38 Queen’s Gambit Declined, Ragozin variation


  1. Where is that 1900 rated guy. He was good at these

  2. piece movements are too schizoid. slow it down and let the alternate lines be discussed, not shown in real games. it would be nice if transparencies of potential moves could be overlaid, but dancing pieces back and forth its hard to tell if your doing a correction or are simply indecisive. cant watch.

  3. Excellent explanation of Nimzo alternative. I like fast analysis

  4. Could you please cover the mujannah opening, which is also known as sturn gambit? It might look strange, but ot is quite strong.

  5. this is a good idea….firstly you give us some theory of opening and then show us some game…i'm wondering if you could also teach us some ending and then show us some game (unbalance ending)
    thank you!!

  6. After seeing GM Denes Boros's Games to Know by Heart on the Aronian-MVL Armageddon game, I am really interested in seeing Schrantz go over the Trompowsky Attack

  7. bishop and rook is def better than knight and rook 🙂

  8. Watched 5 times, noted and mesmorized, thanks a lot julian

  9. I have a good example of this….the guy who played against me wanted a rematch and I was kinda exhausted and played too much casual early moves…..but it rather soon became interesting, and well I won and kept him from redemption…. Leo_Ivanchuk(1216) vs aryatabs(1325) [gained 20 from this game = 1345]

    1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 e6 4. Nf3 Bb4 5. Bd2 O-O 6. a3 Bxc3 7. Bxc3 Ne4 8. Bb4 Re8 9. e3 c5 10. dxc5 Nc6 11. Bd3 Nxb4 12. axb4 a5 13. Bxe4 dxe4 14. Qxd8 Rxd8 15. Ne5 a4 16. O-O f6 17. Ng4 Rd3 18. Ra3 Rd2 19. b3 Rd3 20. Rxa4 Rxa4 21. bxa4 Rc3 22. Rd1 Kf7 23. f3 exf3 24. gxf3 Ke7 25. Rd4 e5 26. Re4 h5 27. Nxe5 fxe5 28. Rxe5+ Kf6 29. Rxh5 Rxc4 30. b5 Rxa4 31. b6 Ra3 32. Kf2 Rc3 33. e4 Rc2+ 34. Kg3 Rc1 35. h4 Rg1+ 36. Kf4 Rc1 37. e5+ Ke6 38. Rf5 Rxc5 39. Kg5 Ke7 40. Kg6 Bxf5+ 41. Kxf5 Rc6 42. f4 Rxb6 43. Kg5 Rc6 44. f5 Kf7 45. e6+ Kf8 46. h5 b5 47. Kg6 b4 48. f6 gxf6 49. Kxf6 b3 50. h6 Rxe6+ 51. Kxe6 Kg8 52. Kf6 Kh7 53. Kg5 b2 54. Kh5 b1=Q

  10. With all the time this guy has for Chess, you'd think he would have found time to have that huge mole removed from his upper lip. Who on earth would just leave that there? LOL

  11. would have been good idea to study Ragozin Defense from Black point of view!

  12. around 20:57 like a certain poisoned pawn in a certain najdorf opening

  13. Excellent job on this class! You were well prepared and explained all of black's ideas with clarity. Looking forward to more videos.

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