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Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7 (B67)
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 Nc6 6 Bg5 e6
7 Qd2 a6 8 O-O-O Bd7

Number of games in database: 2042
Years covered: 1940 to 2021
Overall record:
   White wins 38.7%
   Black wins 31.1%
   Draws 30.1%

Popularity graph, by decade

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Vitaly Tseshkovsky  16 games
Vlastimil Jansa  13 games
Nigel Short  12 games
Zdenko Kozul  102 games
Abhijeet Gupta  29 games
Vladimir Tukmakov  28 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Anand vs Timman, 2004
Karjakin vs Caruana, 2016
Oll vs Azmaiparashvili, 1993
Benjamin vs Z Kozul, 1997
Karpov vs E Torre, 1976
Yifan Hou vs Li Chao, 2011
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 page 1 of 82; games 1-25 of 2,042  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Hachaturov vs Tolush  0-1371940Candidate to MasterB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
2. Konstantinopolsky vs Boleslavsky ½-½331943SverdlovskB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
3. Szabo vs E Lundin 0-1381946GroningenB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
4. J Szily vs Benko ½-½361947HUN-chB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
5. C H Alexander vs E Spanjaard 1-0361947Hastings 1947/48B67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
6. S T V Lukas vs C Kottnauer  0-1321948Bad GasteinB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
7. E Canal vs C Kottnauer  0-1351948Bad GasteinB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
8. J Sefc vs Foltys  ½-½461948Czechoslovak ChampionshipB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
9. C H Alexander vs W Winter  1-0201948BCF-chB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
10. E Walther vs H Heemsoth  1-0391949OldenburgB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
11. J Szily vs H Kramer  1-0411949HUN-NEDB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
12. G Zhuravlev vs V Tiit  1-0351950Ch URS (Farmers)B67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
13. Estrin vs Anatoly Sidorov  0-1491950URS-ch sfB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
14. F Olafsson vs J M Boey  1-0241950Birmingham U20 InternationalB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
15. K Skold vs V Castaldi  ½-½661950Dubrovnik OlympiadB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
16. Bela Sebestyen vs Benko  1-0201950HUN-ch 06thB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
17. H Platz vs E Gereben  0-1401952BudapestB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
18. O'Kelly vs N Cortlever  1-0551953HoogovensB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
19. Gligoric vs Averbakh ½-½421953Zurich CandidatesB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
20. V Zagorovsky vs Polugaevsky  0-1261954URS-ch sfB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
21. Lutikov vs E Kuzminykh  0-1431954URS-ch sfB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
22. Suetin vs O L Moiseev  ½-½681954URS-ch sfB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
23. Lilienthal vs Petrosian 0-1431954USSR ChampionshipB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
24. Korchnoi vs Averbakh ½-½551954USSR ChampionshipB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
25. L Barden vs Taimanov  0-1451954ENG-URSB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-12-08  ravel5184: First!
Sep-12-08  artyom2008: 2!!!!
1 the worst 2 the best 3 the nerd etc
Sep-12-08  Cactus: *Shakes head ashamedly*
Sep-12-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Shams: *pounds face on keyboard repeatedly*
Sep-12-08  artyom2008: 4 the golden bird
Sep-12-08  zoren: no discussion :o
Sep-13-08  ravel5184: Seventh! :0)
Oct-17-08  lonepsycho: 8th. We're playing this opening in GMAN2.
Oct-17-08  Karnatakiaditya: 9th here!
Oct-17-08  vikinx: And now I claim 10th.
Oct-19-08  artyom2008: 0 the hero first da worst second da best 3 the nerd 4 the king of da north
Oct-19-08  Cactus: <3 the nerd> That sounds like a pretty accurate discription of me.
Oct-19-08  apple pi: Nth! :P
Oct-28-10  rapidcitychess: Is the point of this line to delay breaking the pin as long as possible?
Oct-28-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: <Is the point of this line to delay breaking the pin as long as possible?>

I think it is to accelerate the queenside counterplay while reducing the chance for "tricks" on b5.

Oct-28-10  rapidcitychess: *glances at watch* That was fast!

One more question: Why can't black in general play ...h6 and ...Nxe4?

Oct-28-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  Shams: <rapidcitychess><Why can't black in general play ...h6 and ...Nxe4?>

"In general" I think both players need to always be alert for this tactic. The question can only be answered in the particular. Calculating the desperado lines isn't too hard with practice.

Oct-28-10  rapidcitychess: <Shams>

Yes,I was just wondering if there was a reoccurring "theme" that was played. ^^

Oct-28-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  Shams: I just had a couple minutes to check Opening Explorer before class. After 9.f3 h6 white invariably retreats with 10.Be3 because the sacrifice works, but after 9.Be2 h6 10.Bh4 is possible-- black no longer has a later ...Nd2xf1 in the desperado sequence.

I'm glad you asked, and I'm glad I looked it up. :)

Oct-28-10  rapidcitychess: <Shams>

*Blank look* Ummm, okay!

Just kidding, I get it, but when I saw Nd2xf1 I was thinking "What in the world..." Whew, It's like a premium membership makes every one listen to you. :)

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