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Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2 (B61)
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 Nc6 6 Bg5 Bd7
7 Qd2

Number of games in database: 524
Years covered: 1939 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 41.2%
   Black wins 24.6%
   Draws 34.2%

Popularity graph, by decade

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Karel Mokry  7 games
Milan Matulovic  6 games
Alexey Suetin  5 games
Alexey Dreev  19 games
Karl Robatsch  16 games
Leonid Stein  9 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Tal vs K Klaman, 1957
Karpov vs Robert E Byrne, 1971
Van der Wiel vs J Van Mil, 1977
D Botto vs L Christiansen, 1975
G Micalizzi vs Anand, 1990
Tarjan vs Larsen, 1968
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 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 524  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Keres vs E Rojahn 1-0391939Buenos Aires ol pr-DB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
2. Tolush vs Simagin  ½-½341956USSR ChampionshipB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
3. Tal vs K Klaman 1-0341957USSR ChampionshipB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
4. Kavalek vs Gurgenidze  0-1371960WchT U26 07thB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
5. Simagin vs Averbakh  1-0701961USSR Championship 1961aB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
6. Boleslavsky vs Furman  0-1381961USSR Championship 1961aB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
7. Suetin vs Kholmov  1-0231962MinskB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
8. S Nyman vs G Borisenko  ½-½331962W-ch4 corr6265B61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
9. H Lehmann vs Larsen  ½-½411964IBMB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
10. Janosevic vs Larsen  ½-½421964BelgradeB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
11. Unzicker vs Gheorghiu  0-1381964Tel Aviv ol (Men)B61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
12. Matulovic vs V Sokolov  1-0591965YUG-ch 20thB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
13. Gipslis vs M Bertok  ½-½211965ZagrebB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
14. E Jimenez Zerquera vs O'Kelly  ½-½311965HavanaB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
15. W Schmidt vs W Schinzel  1-0291965POL-ch 23th sfB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
16. G Mazzoni vs Larsen  0-1541966Le HavreB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
17. Unzicker vs Larsen ½-½381966Second Piatigorsky CupB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
18. C Zuidema vs Gheorghiu  0-1331966Orebro Stud olm fAB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
19. G Kluger vs B Pietrusiak  1-0291966Rubinstein Memorial 4thB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
20. Spassky vs I Bilek 1-0251967MoscowB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
21. J Kaplan vs Gheorghiu  0-1291967Hastings 1967/68B61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
22. Suetin vs Gheorghiu  ½-½221968Hastings (England)B61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
23. E Turunen vs M Umansky  0-1211968URS-Scandinavia U20B61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
24. Bagirov vs Tal  ½-½231968USSR Championship 1968/69B61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
25. Suetin vs Gheorghiu  ½-½241968Hastings 1967/68B61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-04-05  chess man: One of my favorite variations of the white side of the Sicilian is the Richter-Rauzer. (Larsen Qd2)
Jul-04-05  vampiero: the point of the Larsen variation with the Bd7 is to get going on the queen side as fast as possible, but in contrast that makes the king side for Black open to attack
Aug-08-07  get Reti: This is one of my favorite lines to play as black in the sicilian. Why play e5 and create a weakness on d5 or play e6 and tie up your pieces defendind the d pawn just to develop the bishop when it can still be developed at g7, controlling a useful diagonal? The point of the sicilian is to use the half open c file for attack, and with Rc8 available, black does this as fast as possible, developing his pieces in compensation for the time lost by the pawn moves d6, c5, and cxd4. If white castles queenside, the rook stares directly at the king.
May-06-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  refutor: to anyone out there...why can't Black just gain a tempo by playing 7. ...Nxd4. is it that much weaker than the other lines?
May-06-08  hrvyklly: <refutor> Well, I've always thought 7.Be2 was a better move than 7.Qd2 - but after 7.Qd2 Nxd4, then 8.Qxd4 Qa5 9.Bd2 e5 10.Qd3 Rc8 11.Be2 and <The Complete Richter-Rauzer> gives Tal vs I Radulov, 1972 as its stem game and continues to 19.Bd5: "White has successfully carried out his plan to seize d5, thus guaranteeing him a small but lasting advantage." After 9...e5 CRR: "As we shall see, this is a standard reaction in such positions. It may seem odd to weaken the d5-square voluntarily, but this thrust offers better prospects than the (inferior) alternatives."
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