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Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer (B60)
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 Nc6 6 Bg5

Number of games in database: 799
Years covered: 1905 to 2014
Overall record:
   White wins 38.9%
   Black wins 31.8%
   Draws 29.3%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Alexey Suetin  8 games
John van der Wiel  7 games
Ratmir Kholmov  7 games
Evgeni Vasiukov  17 games
Boris Gulko  16 games
Yuri Averbakh  13 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
W A Foldeak vs F Nagy, 1942
Fischer vs J Bennett, 1957
M V Ghinda vs C Partos, 1975
Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1948
Timman vs Salov, 1991
E Paoli vs Korchnoi, 1954
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 page 1 of 32; games 1-25 of 799  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. N Mueller vs B Gregory  1-037 1905 BarmenB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
2. Rausch vs W Schoenmann  0-144 1910 Hamburg Hauptturnier-BB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
3. A van Foreest vs M Marchand ½-½63 1918 VAS tournamentB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
4. H Von Hennig vs P Blechschmidt  0-180 1932 Bad Ems GERB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
5. Alekhine vs R Frentz 1-023 1933 Paris (03)B60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
6. Alekhine vs Bieler  1-049 1935 BarcelonaB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
7. C Hounie Fleurquin vs J Vinuesa  0-154 1936 Mar del Plata it-03B60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
8. R Charlier vs I Pleci  0-134 1936 Mar del Plata it-03B60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
9. E Voellmy vs H Mueller  1-026 1936 Munich OlympiadB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
10. Najdorf vs E Steiner  1-065 1936 Intl TtB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
11. L Steiner vs Purdy  1-043 1936 Simultaneous clock exhibitionB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
12. K Richter vs Bogoljubov 0-127 1937 Bad Elster (05)B60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
13. G Treysman vs V Grigorieff  0-141 1937 ACF CongressB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
14. Alekhine vs A S Rocha  1-040 1938 Montevideo (07)B60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
15. Chekhover vs Lisitsin  1-038 1938 Trade UnionsB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
16. Kashdan vs W P M Mitchell  1-025 1938 USA Ch prel-IIIB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
17. G Treysman vs D Polland  1-040 1938 USA ChB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
18. H Lyman vs O Shapiro  1-045 1939 Boylston at City ClubB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
19. Chistiakov vs Kan  ½-½42 1939 USSR ChampionshipB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
20. Kashdan vs Denker  1-060 1940 USA ChB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
21. D Polland vs M Green  0-141 1940 USA-chB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
22. W A Foldeak vs F Nagy 1-013 1942 BudapestB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
23. G Kluger vs Nagy 1-013 1942 Budapest, HungaryB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
24. E G Sergeant vs Denker  0-147 1945 Hastings 1945/46B60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
25. Konstantinopolsky vs Boleslavsky  ½-½30 1945 USSR ChampionshipB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-19-04  Kenkaku: Nothing about the Richter-Rauzer? It is one of the most popular variations at the top today (excepting always the Najdorf).
Apr-19-04  actual: I've read that the black side has been experiencing some trouble...
May-29-04  Vischer: Is it possible to play 6...e5 and try to transpose into the Sveshnikov avoiding the Rossolimo?
May-29-04  BiLL RobeRTiE: 6...e5? 7 Bxf6! gxf6 [7...Qxf6? 8 Nd5 Qd8 9 Nb5 and Black is already in a lot of trouble] and Black's position sucks a lot because of his screwed up pawns and the dominating knight that is about to land on d5. I don't know what you're trying to say when you refer to the Rossolimo variation - that starts on move 3 [1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5], and can be played against both prospective Sveshnikov players and Richter-Rauzer players who use the 2...Nc6 move order.
May-31-04  Vischer: <BiLL RobeRTiE> thanks for the line, about avoiding the Rossolimo I meant be 2...d6 Richter-Rauzer, because I would prefer the black side of the Moscow than the Rossolimo.
May-31-04  OneBadDog: I think that Black has been having difficulties in just about all lines of the Richter Rauzer. Even if Black equalizes, he has to go through Hell to do so.
May-31-04  BiLL RobeRTiE: <OneBadDog> I am intrigued! Can you point out some good variations and guidelines for playing the White side of this? I gave this up for the Sozin Attack, finding it more direct than the R-R.
May-31-04  OneBadDog: The Nb3 lines in the Richter Rauzer are really difficult for Black to equalize against. I was looking at NCO and virtually all variations for Black lead to a slight edge for White. In the Richter Rauzer, White doessn't have as many flashy victories as he would in the Sozin, but he often ends up with more active pieces and a btter pawn structure.
Nov-18-04  artemis: Bill RobeRTie: The Richter Rauzer from White's perspective is awesome. White will have a massive lead in development. 1. e4 c4 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 Be7 8. 0-0-0 Qc7 9. Nb3 a5 10. a4 d5 11. Bb5! Nb4 12. Rhe1 (Anand Inkiov 1986) this line must be used very carefully. White will try to exploit his advantage down the center and on the kingside. The knights should try to replace themselves, but shouldnot be in a great hurry to do so, since they will not help the black queenside pawn advance (losing tempo for white). White will have a much better attack down the center and on the kingside, and I feel that Black does not get the same queenside initiative that he gets in the 6. Bg5 Najdorf. Some of the lines are similar, but the Black queenside rolls pretty quickly vs. the Richter-Rauzer
Oct-16-05  Knight13: This opening is named after Vsevolod Rauzer, I think.
May-15-06  WTHarvey: Here are 10 zaps and traps in B60 Richter-Rauzer miniatures: http://www.wtharvey.com/b60.html What's the best move?
Jul-08-08  Method B: what about the <6...Qb6> variation? it looks a bit suicidal with white's kingside attack and pawn rush (much more than in the sheveningen or usual najdorf setup) but if black survives it he is ok.
Nov-11-09  BobbyDigital80: When is chessgames.com going to correct the spelling of "Rauzer" in the "most played openings" section of people who play it. They spell it as "Rauser."
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