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Vsevolod Rauzer
V Rauzer 
Rauzer against Botvinnik  
Number of games in database: 135
Years covered: 1926 to 1940

Overall record: +47 -46 =42 (50.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (12) 
    B76 B74 B95 B70 B72
 French Defense (10) 
    C11 C18 C14 C02 C12
 Caro-Kann (10) 
    B10 B17 B11 B15
 Ruy Lopez (10) 
    C84 C78 C75 C66 C87
 Sicilian Dragon (8) 
    B76 B74 B70 B72
 Orthodox Defense (5) 
    D51 D50 D52
With the Black pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (15) 
    D63 D65 D67 D54 D59
 French Defense (12) 
    C11 C00 C01
 French (10) 
    C11 C00
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (7) 
    D21 D25
 Reti System (5) 
 English (5) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Rauzer vs Riumin, 1936 1-0
   Riumin vs Rauzer, 1929 0-1
   Rauzer vs V Makogonov, 1934 1-0
   Rauzer vs N Grigoriev, 1929 1-0
   Rauzer vs Chekhover, 1936 1/2-1/2
   Kan vs Rauzer, 1936 0-1
   Rauzer vs A Kaspersky, 1927 1-0
   Rauzer vs Y Rokhlin, 1929 1-0
   Rauzer vs M Yudovich Sr., 1931 1-0
   S von Freymann vs Rauzer, 1934 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1929)
   USSR Championship (1931)
   URS-ch10 (1937)
   USSR Championship (1933)
   USSR Championship (1927)
   USSR Championship 1934/35 (1934)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship 1929 by Phony Benoni

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(born Oct-16-1908, died Dec-29-1941, 33 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality Russia)

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Vsevolod Alfredovich Rauzer was Ukrainian champion in 1927 and joint champion in 1933. He finished sixth in the USSR Championship of 1933. After 1937, ill health brought Rauzer's playing career to an end. Confined to a mental hospital, he died during the siege of Leningrad in 1941.

Rauzer's contributions to chess opening theory influenced play long after his death. An important variation, the Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer (B60), is named for Kurt Richter and him. To this day, it is considered the principal way for White to play for an advantage against the Classical Sicilian (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6).

Wikipedia article: Vsevolod Rauzer

Last updated: 2023-06-04 16:00:39

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 141  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Marsky vs V Rauzer  1-0361926Ukrainian ChampionshipC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
2. V Kirillov vs V Rauzer  1-0281926Ukrainian ChampionshipD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. A Selezniev vs V Rauzer  1-02719274th Ch UkraineD54 Queen's Gambit Declined, Anti-Neo-Orthodox Variation
4. V Rauzer vs I Pogrebissky  1-02719274th Ch UkraineE00 Queen's Pawn Game
5. V Rauzer vs Sergei F Ballodit  1-05119274th Ch UkraineD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
6. V Rauzer vs A Kaspersky 1-0231927USSR ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
7. F Duz-Khotimirsky vs V Rauzer 1-0191927USSR ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. V Rauzer vs N Pavlov-Pianov  1-0541927USSR ChampionshipD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
9. F Bohatirchuk vs V Rauzer  ½-½421927USSR ChampionshipC00 French Defense
10. V Rauzer vs I Rabinovich  1-0341927USSR ChampionshipE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
11. V Makogonov vs V Rauzer 1-0411927USSR ChampionshipD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. Leonid I Shapiro vs V Rauzer  1-03619285th Ch UkraineA02 Bird's Opening
13. Y Vilner vs V Rauzer  ½-½2519285th Ch UkraineC11 French
14. M Makogonov vs V Rauzer 1-0361929USSR ChampionshipD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
15. N Riumin vs V Rauzer 0-1261929USSR ChampionshipC00 French Defense
16. V Rauzer vs N Grigoriev 1-0281929USSR ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
17. V Rauzer vs B Verlinsky 0-1391929USSR ChampionshipC11 French
18. V Rauzer vs A Polyak  0-1511929USSR ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. V Rauzer vs Y Rokhlin 1-0351929USSR ChampionshipD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. N Pavlov-Pianov vs V Rauzer  ½-½801929USSR ChampionshipD65 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, Main line
21. Botvinnik vs V Rauzer  ½-½311929USSR ChampionshipC11 French
22. V Rauzer vs A Konstantinopolsky  1-0361930Ch KievE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
23. V Rauzer vs S von Freymann  1-0521930Ch Caucasian RepublicsE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
24. V Rauzer vs A Selezniev  1-0301930Ch Caucasian RepublicsD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. V Gribin vs V Rauzer  0-1231931URS-ch sfC00 French Defense
 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 141  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-16-05  Knight13: Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer (B60). Named after him. Not a bad opening.
Jul-03-07  Chess Carnival: From Mark Taimanov's 'Winning with the Sicilian':
<"Rauzer was obsessive as an analyst and his creative fantasy prompted him into surprising discoveries. He believed, from a subjectively paradoxical argument, that the advantage of the first move should wield a tangible advantage with an energetic treatment of the opening. It would seem that Rauzer wanted to demonstrate that in the initial chess position, as in a study, one could formulate the task - 'White to play and win!'"> (page 7)
Jul-03-07  Open Defence: he is also credited as the originator of the Rauzer Attack.. more commonly called the Yugoslav Attack now...
May-14-08  eremite: He has contributed to the theory of various openings and endgames (B+P in particular). There will be a centenary since his birth this October. Some memorial articles or/and tournaments (thematic?) might follow
Oct-16-08  brankat: Born a hundred years ago today!

Unfortunately, Mater Rauzer died quite young, otherwise he would have certainly made even more contributions to the game.

R.I.P. Mr.Rauzer.

Oct-16-09  BIDMONFA: Vsevolod Rauzer

RAUZER, Vsevolod

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  Tabanus: Vsevolod Alfredovich Rauzer, also called 'Alfred' Rauzer,

Oct-16-09  whiteshark: Player of the Day

More Bio:

Picture with Botwinnik in their post mortem analysis of Rauzer vs Botvinnik, 1933


Oct-16-09  WhiteRook48: did Richter know Rauzer?
Sep-14-10  rapidcitychess: My favorite quote from Mr.Rauzer

<1.e4! and White wins!> --Rauzer

Bronstein in Zurich 1953 tournament book was glad he did so, for he said <He[Rauzer]gifted us with many attacking systems in the Ruy Lopez, Sicilian,French, and Caro Kann!>

I know little of these. Could someone point these out?

Oct-16-12  rapidcitychess: Someday we will finally find the end of chess. And 1.e4 will probably be the winning line for white.

So much for draw death...

Oct-16-12  Cibator: <Chess Carnival: (quoting Taimanov) It would seem that Rauzer wanted to demonstrate that in the initial chess position, as in a study, one could formulate the task - 'White to play and win!'>

Perhaps he should have got together with Weaver Adams. If he'd ended up in the States, and lived long enough, he'd doubtless have acquired the nickname "Rebel".

Oct-16-12  TheFocus: If he had been T. Rauzer, I am sure his nickname would have been Trousers.

Just a thought.

Aug-14-13  DoctorD: He was a lothario who knew every trick in the book, but somehow he failed to a rauzer.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: So he thought his variation of the Sicilian would give White the Rauzer's Edge?
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  eternaloptimist: <An Englishman> Good Evening: That's a nice pun!

Rauzer was a strong player & it's a shame that he died at such a young age b/c he could've played a lot more brilliancies if he would've lived longer. Although CG's database doesn't have a single game of his where he played the white side of the Richter-Rauzer variation of the Sicilian. Although I've heard that he did introduce the plan of ♕d2 & 0-0-0 in this variation. Richter did actually play this variation however. It isn't as popular as it used to be but it's still relevant even today. The "scalps" of GM Korobov & GM Popov were taken this year! white wins in the Richter-Rauzer variation in the CG database this year.: Although actually the 1st game in CG's database wasn't played by Richter.: N Mueller vs B Gregory, 1905 Richter did help to popularize it though.:

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  Fusilli: And who is Richter in the Richter-Rauzer variation of the Sicilian?
Jan-09-17  TheFocus: Kurt Richter.
Jan-10-17  disasterion: <Fusili> Kurt Paul Otto Joseph Richter
Jul-23-17  Eagle41257: He perished in the siege of Leningrad
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  FSR: There's not a single game in the database where he played the Richter-Rauzer! There are three where he played the flaccid 6.Be2, scoring just one draw in three games! Repertoire Explorer: Vsevolod Rauzer (white) Sad!
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  FSR: There's also no game in the database where he played his other eponymous opening, the Richter-Veresov Attack.

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