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Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack (B88)
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 e6 6 Bc4 Nc6

Number of games in database: 655
Years covered: 1883 to 2019
Overall record:
   White wins 29.6%
   Black wins 41.7%
   Draws 28.7%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Robert James Fischer  17 games
Frantisek Blatny  9 games
Enrico Paoli  8 games
Mark Taimanov  10 games
Efim Geller  9 games
Isaac Boleslavsky  8 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Fischer vs Larsen, 1971
Fischer vs P Dely, 1967
Y Troinov vs L Popov, 1962
Fischer vs Larsen, 1970
Sursock vs Larsen, 1970
Fischer vs Geller, 1962
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 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 655  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Sellman vs Zukertort 1-0311883LondonB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
2. Olland vs Euwe  0-1361921AmsterdamB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
3. S Mlotkowski vs Janowski 0-12919218th American Chess CongressB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
4. Loman vs Euwe 0-1241922SSS CupB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
5. Olland vs Euwe  0-1361922Amsterdam m 2122B88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
6. Spielmann vs Euwe ½-½621923ScheveningenB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
7. H K Mattison vs Reti  0-1261926Budapest 1st FIDE MastersB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
8. P C Littlejohn vs Noteboom  0-1441928BCF-ch 21st Major OpenB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
9. V Sozin vs Kan 0-1571931USSR ChampionshipB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
10. V Sozin vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky 0-1281931USSR ChampionshipB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
11. N Voinov vs A Staehelin  0-1621936Munich OlympiadB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
12. A Snaevarr vs C Pulcherio  1-0431936Munich OlympiadB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
13. J A Seitz vs J Kolski  0-1451938LodzB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
14. Chistiakov vs I Rabinovich  ½-½311939USSR ChampionshipB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
15. G Littman vs S Bernstein  0-1441940USA-chB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
16. B Thelen vs Sajtar  ½-½361942ChocenB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
17. Grob vs Lokvenc  ½-½611948VeniceB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
18. K Galia vs G Fletzer  1-0271949ViennaB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
19. Boleslavsky vs Aronin 1-0321949USSR ChampionshipB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
20. Nezhmetdinov vs Romanov 1-028195010th RSFSR Ch Semi-finalB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
21. M Eisinger vs Unzicker  0-1401950Bad PyrmontB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
22. Ragozin vs Geller 1-0351950URS-ch sfB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
23. V Soloviev vs Byvshev  ½-½341950GorkyB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
24. I Grynfeld vs Taimanov  0-1331950Przepiorka MemorialB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
25. K Honfi vs A Vajda  1-0281950HUN-ch 06thB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-29-03  AdrianP: "Ree asked Fischer about the infamous story of how Steinitz believed he could give odds to God. Fischer whose interest in Steinitziana was well known replied that no one could give odds to the Almighty. He added: 'But with White I should be able to draw against Him. I play 1 e4 and if we have a Ruy, the position would be balanced. I could never lose.' Then Fischer became concerned - what if God played 1 ... c5? But he soon brightened up. 'No, no then I play [6] Bc4 and I'm better', he said, 'So what can He do?'" (Bobby Fischer Rediscovered, Andy Soltis p. 256).
Dec-29-03  refutor: <if we have a ruy...i could never lose> i don't know about never, but he certainly did have an impressive record v. it...out of 123 career games playing white v. the ruy lopez, here are his losses...

Mar-29-04  ruylopez900: This could transpose from the Scheveningen Variation or the Classical Variation.
Mar-29-04  OneBadDog: This is a great opening. I can't stand all of those insipid anti-Sicilians.
Mar-29-04  SicilianDragon: Perhaps if you have Fischer tactical prowess and feel for this opening it can be really good, but 6...Qb6 (probably best as if Black can play this and displace White's Nd4 it is usually a sign that he has equalized) looks much better. However, even if Black does play 6...Nc6 he still should be okay (note that in this database Black has won more games than White). There are very few variations of the Sicilians (except for the Dragon) where White scores well statistically with an early Bc4.
Mar-29-04  OneBadDog: I know about the statistics. I'm just talking about my personal preferences. Objectively speaking, the Richter-Rauzer gives White much better chances than the Sozin.
Mar-29-04  SicilianDragon: So does the English Attack
Jun-06-04  OneBadDog: The advent of chess computers and chess databases has meant the demise of certain openings in top-level play. It's a shame, because openings like the Sozin created so many brilliancies for both Black and White.
Jun-07-04  drukenknight: Umm, which openings are no longer played due to computers? If anything, I would think that computers have resurrected many lines thought to be unsound.
Jun-07-04  OneBadDog: The Sozin doesn't seem to get as much attention as it used to. My favorite line of the Sozin is the Velimirovic attack seems to have been played out.
Sep-12-04  Miss Ter: whats the velimirovic attack
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  tpstar: <Miss Ter> The Sicilian Sozin with Bc4, Be3, Qe2 & 0-0-0 for White, usually leading to a lively game featuring attacks on both wings. Velimirovic vs Csom, 1974
Sep-13-04  Miss Ter: <tpstar>
Jan-16-05  hjsukthankar: A game of mine with the Fischer-Sozin (I was white):

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Bc4 e6 6. Nc3 Nf6 7.f3 a6 8. Bb3 Be7 9. Be3 O-O 10. Qd2 Nxd4?! 11. Bxd4 b5 12. a3 Bb7 13. O-O-O e5 14. Be3 Bc6?! 15. g4 a5 16. Nb1?! Qd7 17. h4 Rfd8 18. h5 Kf8 19. g5 Ng8 20. g6 fxg6 21. hxg6 h6 22. Bxh6 Bf6 23. Bg5 Qe7 24. Rh8 d5 25. Bxf6 Qxf6 26. exd5 Bb7 27. d6 Rxd6 28. Qxd6+ Qxd6 29. Rxd6 Ke7 30. Rb6 Bxf3 31. Rxg8 Rxg8 32. Bxg8 1 - 0

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  WannaBe: Amazing, black has 43%+ winning percentage.
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  ganstaman: <WannaBe: Amazing, black has 43%+ winning percentage.> Overall, yes. But if white plays 7.Be3, the numbers are in favor of white: 38.5% white wins, 31.9% draws, 29.7% black wins.

Though we should go deeper still. With 7...Bd7, black regains the lead, but it's only a 16 game sample size. All other moves seem to give white the advantage of percentages. Still, I can't say that the position looks bad for black really.

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  gambitfan: By transposition of moves, there is a high probability for me to reach Fischer Sozin...

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Nc3 Nc6 5. d4 cxd4 6. Nxd4 (correspondence chess)

Number of games in database: 480
Years covered: 1883 to 2006
Overall record:
White wins 31.7%
Black wins 41.2%
Draws 27.1%

I should have then 41.2% winning chances (with Black) and my White opponent should have only 31.7% winning chances (27.1% draws)

It sounds OK !...

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  gambitfan: This Fischer Sozin attack does not seem so efficient :

Veniamin Sozin who is the "inventor" of this attack is unable to win with "his" own attack neither against Alexander Ilyin-Zhenevsky ( V Sozin vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky, 1931 ) nor against Ilia Abramovich Kan ( V Sozin vs Kan, 1931 )...

Robert James Fischer who is supposed to have made this attack "popular" is as well unable to win with it neither against Efim Geller ( Fischer vs Geller, 1962 ) nor against Viktor Korchnoi ( Fischer vs Korchnoi, 1962 )

Winning chances given by the Opening Explorer : 6. Bc4 213 33.3% white win
29.6% draw
37.1% black win

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  keypusher: Looks like Fischer did OK with it overall.

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  Gypsy: <gambitfan> See Boleslavsky vs Aronin, 1949 regarding some info on "Sozin".
Apr-15-07  soughzin: Sicilian Dragon I think you are a little bit confused on the move orders. 6...Qb6 seems to be incorrect here. This doesn't boot the knight from d4 since the knight isn't on c6 yet. If 5...Nc6 is played (classical sicilian) then it's a different story. White can play 7.Ndb5 or 7.Be3 there but black gets equality with careful play. The difference now being black has taken time to play e6, so white will enjoy this to make more threats.

I agree that with 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd 4.Nxd Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bc4 Qb6 is black's best move though. I think I'll post more on that page later.

Jan-13-11  Lennonfan: This opening really peaked in the 50's and early 60's then slumped to pre 40's standards afterwards!!! Does anyone know why?? Is this now an opening thats been proven unsound?? Apart from the kings gambit iv never seen such a fall in popularity,not that im an expert on a variety of openings please understand!
Jan-13-11  jmactas: <Lennonfan>
Instead of ...6 ♘c6 Black can play ...6 ♕b6 and it defeats the purpose the whole opening.
Jan-13-11  Lennonfan: <jmactas> thanks mate,i were generally puzzled by the slump,and appreciate the i say im no expert on openings except the queens gambit all variations,and the french as black...thats about the extent of my expertise on openings even tho im a fairly good player...but il defo take a look at this opening...cheers buddy,much appreciated
Jan-13-13  Karpova: Evolution in Chess Theory:

1) 1-0

Averbakh - Taimanov in round 21 of Zurich Candidates (1953)

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Black continues 9...Be7 10.f4 Na5 11.Qf3! <Averbakh's innovation> 11...b5 12.e5 Bb7 13.Qg3 dxe5 14.fxe5 Nh5 15.Qh3 Qxe5? 16.Bxe6!! and 1-0 after 36 moves. Link: Averbakh vs Taimanov, 1953

2) 1/2

Keres - Taimanov in round 29 of Zurich Candidates (1953)

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Now Black played 9...Na5 <instead of 9...Be7> 10.f4 b5 11.f5 <Now we see the difference as 11.Qf3 Bb7 denies White the break e5>. The game ended 1/2-1/2 after 37 moves. Link: Keres vs Taimanov, 1953

3) 0-1

Bannik - Taimanov at the Soviet Chess Championship 1954:

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Black continues 9...Be7 <Back to start! After enough time to analyze, Taimanov finds the right plan to counter Averbakh's innovation> 10.f4 Na5 11.Qf3 b5 12.e5 Bb7 13.Qg3 dxe5 14.fxe5 Nh5 15.Qh3 Nxb3 <Here comes the improvement, getting rid of the bishop aiming at e6> 16.Nxb3 Qxe5 17.Na5 b4! and 0-1 in 59 moves. Link: Bannik vs Taimanov, 1954

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