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Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack (B86)
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 e6 6 Bc4

Number of games in database: 259
Years covered: 1925 to 2019
Overall record:
   White wins 32.0%
   Black wins 41.3%
   Draws 26.6%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Dragoljub Velimirovic  16 games
Tomas Oral  7 games
Mikhail Golubev  7 games
Mihai Suba  11 games
Georgy Timoshenko  8 games
Georgi Tringov  7 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Velimirovic vs Csom, 1974
D Perovic vs M Cebalo, 1986
A Volokitin vs Efimenko, 2004
Fischer vs Smyslov, 1959
A Novopashin vs Tal, 1962
R Plunkett vs S Fink, 2003
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 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 259  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J W te Kolste vs Bogoljubov 0-1201925Baden-BadenB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
2. M Eisinger vs E Reinhardt  0-1701938GER-ch 5thB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
3. V Ciocaltea vs Filip  ½-½311953BucharestB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
4. J Fichtl vs K Urbanec  1-0381954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
5. I Nei vs Chukaev 1-04019554th Soviet Team-ch finalB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
6. J Sefc vs Ujtelky  1-0241956Marianske Lazne/PrahaB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
7. Opocensky vs Ujtelky 1-0231956CSR-chB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
8. R Bogdanovic vs Udovcic  1-0381957YUG-chB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
9. S Witkowski vs P Clarke  ½-½51195813th olm qual. group 3B86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
10. O Rubtsova vs Keller-Hermann  0-1561959Candidates Tournament (Women)B86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
11. J Augustin vs L Alster  0-1471959CSR-chB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
12. R B Johnson vs J F Donovan  0-127195960th US OpenB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
13. Fischer vs Smyslov 0-1481959Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade CandidatesB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
14. J Klavins vs Spassky 0-1331959USSR-ch (semifinal)B86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
15. Minic vs Puc  ½-½431960YUG-chB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
16. R Bogdanovic vs Matulovic  0-1591960SarajevoB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
17. C Dominguez vs E Goldenberg  ½-½411961Mar del PlataB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
18. N Padevsky vs B Djurasevic  ½-½411961Belgrade-SofiaB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
19. J Kupper vs Gligoric  0-1331961ZuerichB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
20. K Kantor vs V Brychta  ½-½431961CSR-ch sfB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
21. Kozomara vs Ivkov  ½-½321962SarajevoB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
22. A Novopashin vs Tal 0-1411962USSR ChampionshipB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
23. A Nicolau Van Der Mije vs L Loeffler  1-04019632nd olw finalB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
24. K Radzikowska vs V Nedeljkovic  0-13719632nd olw finalB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
25. O Hardy vs Malcolm Firth  0-1431963BCF-chB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
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Aug-16-05  chess man: I play 6.Bc4 against just about any variation in the Sicilian and I score very well with it. You have to know what you are doing of course as with any opening and since there is just as much chance to win with Black as there is with White, it's not the kind of opening where you get away sitting around doing nothing because if you play too passively the initiative will pass to Black.
Aug-17-05  KKW: What does white play after 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bc4 e6 7. Bb3 b5 8. 0-0 b4 ?
Aug-17-05  Stevens: <KKW> after ...b4 just play Na4 or retreat to Nb1. You could always try playing a3 at some point to prevent ...b4 if you don't like that move. You may come up with a position that's very playable.

Sep-07-05  FearsomePawn: <after ...b4 just play Na4 or retreat to Nb1> I think he--and I as well--want to know what to do after the risky-looking pawn grab Nxe4. I am currently rehabilitating my Open Sicilian Repetoire (I tired the Morra Gambit, but I disliked that Black can force White into the Alapin), and I am thinking of playing the Sozin against the Najdorf, so this would, of course, be a key concept to know.
Sep-09-05  FearsomePawn: I found the answer here in this game:
Fischer vs O Gadia, 1960 and under ECO code B87: Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5 (B87)
Sep-09-05  RookFile: Think I looked this up on chessbase once and saw games going 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bc4 e6 7. Bb3 b5 8. 0-0 b4 9. Na4 Nxe4 10. Re1 with white coming out on top. I don't think it's a forced win, though.
Sep-09-05  CGreene: <FearesomePawn> I was thinking of rehabilitating my own Open Sicilian repertoire and last weekend bought the two current books out on the English Attack (white plays f3, Be3, Qd2/g4). However, I remembered Schiller had recommended the Halasz Gambit in his book "A Gambit Opening Repertoire for White". At the time, I ignored it because I was playing the Smith-Morra but, like you, I've become disenchanted with so many Alapin declinations.

The Halasz Gambit goes 1. e4 c5 2. d4 cd 3. f4 (with the idea of playing Nf3, Bd3, O-O, a3, b4, Nbd2/Bb2/Qe1). Schiller's lines were generally helpful, but it wasn't until I went on and looked at the games. Very impressive results and original play. A fringe benefit is that it also be played against the French, making it very economical indeed (1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e4 c5 4. f4 cd 5. Nf3)

Jan-22-07  who: I assume you mean 3.e5 in your line in the French.
Apr-16-07  Bob726: This line is terrible. Black wins slightly more than white actully. 36.3% compared to 37.0% for blkack.
Apr-16-07  Bob726: Sicilian, Najdorf (B90) white wins almost 10 % more in that line. so bc4 is clearly bad-even if fischer liked it!
Apr-16-07  Bob726: 10% more compared than black, i meant.
Jun-05-07  WTHarvey: Here are some traps n zaps in Fischer-Sozin miniatures:
Aug-26-08  refutor: is 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 a good way to force a Najdorf or Dragon-player to play the Scheveningen?

assuming the likely 3. ...e6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 and what does Black have besides 5. ...Nc6 or 5. ...Nf6? after 5. ...Nf6 6.Nc3 i guess the najdorf guys can go back in with 6. ...a6 but in any case i think it's worth a try

if 3. ...Nf6 4.Nc3 followed by 5.d4 transposes back in. i guess the only thing it avoids is the Dragon? a little evening food for thought (at least for me anyways)

Aug-26-08  AnalyzeThis: I think 3. Bc4 is ok, but if black wants to play the same type of Sicilian that he otherwise would get after 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bc4 I see an inevitable transposition.
Sep-28-08  Octal: How easy is it a 6 Bc4 Najdorf/Scheveningen to transpose into a Velimoric Attack?
Nov-06-08  niemzo: <refutor> I think black can force a closed sicilian after 3..e5 preventing d4. I don't know if it's good but it could be a nice surprise weapon.
Jan-06-09  ILikeFruits: why is...
this called...
tell me...
Jan-06-09  kackhander: because...
touch yourself...
Jan-06-09  ILikeFruits: only...
Jan-06-09  Kaspykov: 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 a6 6 Bc4 e6

(6... b5 is good also to prevent 7. a4 or a3 with the idea of 7... b5 Ba2)

7. Bb3 b5 is a more common choice


Aug-11-09  WhiteRook48: who is sozin here?
Aug-12-09  Albertan: <WhiteRook48: who is sozin here?>

<WhiteRook48> the Sozin attack is named for Soviet player Veniamin Sozin (1869-1956). He experimented with the move 6.Bc4 in the 1930's The move order 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4, first time used in 1929 by this Soviet master Veniamin Sozin. The line became famous mainly owing to Bobby Fischer who succesfully used it in 1950s and 1960s. Today, I have mostly seen this variation be called the "Fischer-Sozin" attack.

May-06-10  rapidcitychess: <refutor> So we meet again...

Often this is called the "High School Attack" It is often met by 3...a6 Now if you enjoy the Bc4 lines against the Najdorf this is fine. But this does not force him to play the Schvenigan.

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Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
1.e4 c5 2.♘f3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.♘xd4 ♘f6 5.♘c3 e6 6.♗c4

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