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Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack (B63)
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 Nc6 6 Bg5 e6
7 Qd2

Number of games in database: 1123
Years covered: 1935 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 38.9%
   Black wins 27.8%
   Draws 33.3%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
John van der Wiel  16 games
Vlastimil Jansa  14 games
Nigel Short  13 games
Dimitri Gurevich  21 games
Vasilios Kotronias  17 games
Gennady Sosonko  15 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Tal vs Koblents, 1957
Tal vs E Nievergelt, 1959
Tal vs Larsen, 1979
Bronstein vs Botvinnik, 1951
Ivanchuk vs Anand, 1998
Suetin vs Botvinnik, 1952
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 page 1 of 45; games 1-25 of 1,123  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Goglidze vs Pirc 1-037 1935 MoscowB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
2. V A Vasiliev vs Ragozin  0-140 1936 Ch LeningradB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
3. R Charlier vs A Schwartzman  0-165 1936 Mar del Plata it-03B63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
4. Panov vs O Rubtsova 1-031 1936 Trade UnionsB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
5. Tartakower vs Rossolimo 1-027 1936 ParisB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
6. Keres vs H Heinicke ½-½42 1936 Bad NauheimB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
7. K Richter vs Pelikan  0-178 1936 PodebradyB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
8. L Roedl vs J L Ormond  1-028 1936 Munich OlympiadB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
9. R Arlauskas vs S Gudmundsson  0-133 1936 Munich OlympiadB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
10. V Gergenreder vs Moskaliev 0-128 1937 correspondenceB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
11. P Trifunovic vs O Kavlie-Jorgensen  1-020 1937 7th olm finalB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
12. V Petrov vs J Kolski  ½-½39 1938 LodzB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
13. K Richter vs Szily  1-035 1939 StuttgartB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
14. H van Steenis vs C de Ronde  1-045 1939 NED-chB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
15. P Michel vs L Engels  ½-½30 1939 GER-ch 6thB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
16. H W Felderhof vs A D de Groot  0-122 1940 Amsterdam VVGAB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
17. A Simonson vs Denker  ½-½36 1940 USA ChB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
18. C J Corte vs J Canepa  1-045 1942 Mar del PlataB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
19. Chekhover vs Boleslavsky  0-161 1945 USSR ChampionshipB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
20. Averbakh vs Kotov ½-½69 1946 RUSB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
21. W Elm vs C Toerber  1-019 1946 Bad Harzburg GERB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
22. Unzicker vs W Fleischmann  1-039 1946 Regensburg GERB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
23. C J Corte vs J Traian Iliesco  1-040 1946 Mar del Plata ARGB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
24. Prins vs P Devos  0-143 1946 Hastings 1945/46B63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
25. Prins vs Foltys  ½-½25 1947 Team match NED-CZEB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-28-05  vampiero: Ok, so white has an astounding winning percentage in this opening, and we can see that this defense's popularity has gone way down in the past decade. but what is it due to, late catsling for black and no castling at all lead to kingside weakness, maybe because it takes to long for the b5 and a6 pawns to move while all of whites pieces are already developed? but why dont you guys look into the 1e4 c5 2Nf3 d6 3d4 cxd4 4Nxd4 Nf6 5Nc3 Nc6 6Bg5 e6 7Qd2 Be7 80-0-0 0-0 lines becuase black is much more safe than in the d7 lines.

opinions? how can black get counterplay?

Mar-30-08  hamworld: " 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 Be7 8. O-O-O 0-0" will probably just end up with a bunch of exchanges leading to a drawish endgame. Its popularity might've gone down due to drawish lines. That, or maybe players prefer other sicilian openings. The late castling isn't horrible. I think I castled in the 37-39th move and won anyway.

Not an expert or anything, I just want to comment.

Mar-30-08  hrvyklly: <hamworld: " 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 Be7 8. O-O-O 0-0"> I've always thought that this is totally sound for Black (unlike other lines of the Rauzer I could mention) and I have no idea why its popularity has waned. Kramnik stopped playing (for the most part) 1...c5 and switched to 1...e5 - I remember both Kramnik and Anand playing it in the 90s - which may account for it going out of fashion . Or p'haps as it is not as sharp as the Najdorf or Sveshnikov? Any stronger players want to chip in and explain what's wrong/dubious/uncomfortable playing this as Black?
Jun-27-12  fisayo123: It seems slightly inferior to the other Sicilian variations. The bishop pair isn't necessarily worth the hassle with your king stranded at the center regardless of how solid blacks pawn structure seems.
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