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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: 928
Years covered: 1905 to 2018
Overall record:
   White wins 39.4%
   Black wins 31.8%
   Draws 28.8%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Alexey Suetin  8 games
Efim Geller  7 games
Ratmir Kholmov  7 games
Evgeni Vasiukov  18 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
G Kluger vs Nagy, 1942
Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1948
Timman vs Salov, 1991
E Paoli vs Korchnoi, 1954
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 page 1 of 38; games 1-25 of 928  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Mueller vs B Gregory  1-0371905BarmenB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
2. M Rausch vs W Schoenmann  0-1441910Hauptturnier-BB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
3. A van Foreest vs M Marchand ½-½631918VAS tournamentB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
4. E G Sergeant vs W Winter  ½-½131930ScarboroughB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
5. H Von Hennig vs P Blechschmidt  0-1801932Bad EmsB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
6. Alekhine vs R Frentz 1-0231933ParisB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
7. Alekhine vs Bieler  1-0491935BarcelonaB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
8. L Steiner vs Purdy  1-0431936Simultaneous clock exhibitionB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
9. Najdorf vs E Steiner  1-0651936Intl TtB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
10. R Charlier vs I Pleci  0-1341936Mar del Plata it-03B60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
11. C Hounie Fleurquin vs J Vinuesa  0-1541936Mar del Plata it-03B60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
12. E Voellmy vs H Mueller  1-0261936Munich OlympiadB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
13. K Richter vs Bogoljubov 0-1271937Bad ElsterB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
14. G N Treysman vs W Grigorieff  1-028193738th ACF Congress. Preliminary 2B60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
15. G N Treysman vs W Grigorieff  0-1411937ACF CongressB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
16. Chekhover vs Lisitsin  1-0381938Trade UnionsB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
17. Alekhine vs A S Rocha  1-0401938MontevideoB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
18. G N Treysman vs D S Polland  1-0401938USA-chB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
19. Kashdan vs W P M Mitchell  1-0251938USA Ch prel-IIIB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
20. Chistiakov vs Kan  ½-½421939USSR ChampionshipB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
21. H Lyman vs O Shapiro  1-0451939Boylston at City ClubB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
22. D S Polland vs M Green  0-1411940USA-chB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
23. Kashdan vs Denker  1-0601940USA ChB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
24. W A Foldeak vs F Nagy 1-0131942BudapestB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
25. G Kluger vs Nagy 1-0131942BudapestB60 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: 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 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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  FSR: I still don't know of a reliable way for Black to equalize against the Richter-Rauzer.
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