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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: 700
Years covered: 1939 to 2021
Overall record:
   White wins 43.1%
   Black wins 23.9%
   Draws 33.0%

Popularity graph, by decade

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Karel Mokry  7 games
Aivars Gipslis  6 games
Milan Matulovic  6 games
Aleksey Dreev  22 games
Karl Robatsch  20 games
Istvan Csom  14 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Tal vs K Klaman, 1957
Karpov vs R Byrne, 1971
Spassky vs I Bilek, 1967
Dardo Sergio Botto vs L Christiansen, 1975
G Micalizzi vs Anand, 1990
Tarjan vs Larsen, 1968
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 page 1 of 28; games 1-25 of 700  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Keres vs E Rojahn 1-0391939Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-4B61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
2. M Kantardzhiev vs Domingo Cruz Bulnes  1-0421939Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-BB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
3. Tolush vs Simagin  ½-½341956USSR ChampionshipB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
4. Tal vs K Klaman 1-0341957USSR ChampionshipB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
5. Kavalek vs Gurgenidze  0-1371960WchT U26 07thB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
6. M Farre vs Mulk Raj Wahi  ½-½321960Leipzig Olympiad Final-BB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
7. Simagin vs Averbakh  1-0701961USSR Championship 1961aB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
8. Boleslavsky vs Furman  0-1381961USSR Championship 1961aB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
9. J Fichtl vs M Altschul  ½-½221961Czechoslovak ChampionshipB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
10. Suetin vs Kholmov  1-0231962MinskB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
11. S Nyman vs G Borisenko  ½-½3319624th Correspondence World ChampionshipB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
12. Jansa vs G Szilagyi  1-0221963Bad LiebensteinB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
13. Gipslis vs W Pietzsch  1-0461963Bad LiebensteinB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
14. H Lehmann vs Larsen  ½-½411964IBMB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
15. Janosevic vs Larsen  ½-½421964BelgradeB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
16. Unzicker vs Gheorghiu  0-1381964Tel Aviv Olympiad Final-AB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
17. F R Anderson vs Benko  0-1371964Tel Aviv Olympiad Final-AB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
18. Matulovic vs V Sokolov  1-0591965YUG-ch 20thB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
19. Gipslis vs M Bertok  ½-½211965ZagrebB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
20. E Jimenez Zerquera vs O'Kelly  ½-½311965HavanaB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
21. W Schmidt vs W Schinzel  1-0291965POL-ch 23th sfB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
22. G Mazzoni vs Larsen  0-1541966Le HavreB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
23. Unzicker vs Larsen ½-½381966Second Piatigorsky CupB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
24. C Zuidema vs Gheorghiu  0-1331966Orebro Stud olm fAB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
25. G Kluger vs B Pietrusiak  1-0291966Rubinstein Memorial 4thB61 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  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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