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Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer (B60)
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 Nc6 6 Bg5

Number of games in database: 1562
Years covered: 1905 to 2023
Overall record:
   White wins 38.1%
   Black wins 32.2%
   Draws 29.7%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Vlastimil Jansa  9 games
Alexey Suetin  9 games
Enrico Paoli  8 games
Yuri Averbakh  19 games
Evgeni Vasiukov  18 games
Boris Gulko  17 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
A Foldeak vs F Nagy, 1942
R Nezhmetdinov vs Suetin, 1947
G Kluger vs Nagy, 1942
Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1948
Timman vs Salov, 1991
E Paoli vs Korchnoi, 1954
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 page 1 of 63; games 1-25 of 1,562  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Mueller vs B Gregory  1-0371905BarmenB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
2. M Rausch vs W Schoenmann 0-1441910Hauptturnier-BB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
3. A van Foreest vs M Marchand ½-½631918VAS tournamentB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
4. N Pavlov-Pianov vs I Golubev  1-0231922Match Moscow - LeningradB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
5. E G Sergeant vs W Winter  ½-½131930ScarboroughB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
6. H Von Hennig vs P Blechschmidt  0-180193228th German Chess Federation CongressB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
7. O Rocas vs A Gama  ½-½361933Brazilian Championship MatchB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
8. C H Alexander vs A Mortlock  1-0201933British ChampionshipB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
9. T H Tylor vs A Mortlock  1-0331933British ChampionshipB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
10. Golombek vs G A Thomas  ½-½391933British ChampionshipB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
11. Alekhine vs R Frentz 1-0231933ParisB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
12. Alekhine / S Landau vs Fontein / Beekman / Van Reeuwijk  ½-½241934Blindfold tandem simul, 6bB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
13. Golombek vs G Wheatcroft  1-0441934British ChampionshipB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
14. Alekhine vs Bieler  1-0491935BarcelonaB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
15. L Steiner vs C Purdy  1-0431936Simultaneous clock exhibitionB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
16. C Hounie Fleurquin vs J Vinuesa  0-1541936Mar del PlataB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
17. R Charlier vs I Pleci 0-1341936Mar del PlataB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
18. E Steiner vs Barcza  0-1601936BudapestB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
19. Najdorf vs E Steiner  1-0651936BudapestB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
20. E Voellmy vs H Mueller  1-0261936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
21. V Nestler vs A Rastrelli  0-1541936Italian ChampionshipB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
22. A Teters vs H Purnis  1-0201937ARSB tournamentB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
23. K Richter vs Bogoljubov 0-1271937Bad ElsterB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
24. G N Treysman vs W Grigorieff  1-028193738th ACF Congress. Preliminary 2B60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
25. G N Treysman vs W Grigorieff  0-1411937ACF CongressB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-19-04  Kenkaku: Nothing about the Richter-Rauzer? It is one of the most popular variations at the top today (excepting always the Najdorf).
Apr-19-04  actual: I've read that the black side has been experiencing some trouble...
May-29-04  Vischer: Is it possible to play 6...e5 and try to transpose into the Sveshnikov avoiding the Rossolimo?
May-29-04  BiLL RobeRTiE: 6...e5? 7 Bxf6! gxf6 [7...Qxf6? 8 Nd5 Qd8 9 Nb5 and Black is already in a lot of trouble] and Black's position sucks a lot because of his screwed up pawns and the dominating knight that is about to land on d5. I don't know what you're trying to say when you refer to the Rossolimo variation - that starts on move 3 [1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5], and can be played against both prospective Sveshnikov players and Richter-Rauzer players who use the 2...Nc6 move order.
May-31-04  Vischer: <BiLL RobeRTiE> thanks for the line, about avoiding the Rossolimo I meant be 2...d6 Richter-Rauzer, because I would prefer the black side of the Moscow than the Rossolimo.
May-31-04  OneBadDog: I think that Black has been having difficulties in just about all lines of the Richter Rauzer. Even if Black equalizes, he has to go through Hell to do so.
May-31-04  BiLL RobeRTiE: <OneBadDog> I am intrigued! Can you point out some good variations and guidelines for playing the White side of this? I gave this up for the Sozin Attack, finding it more direct than the R-R.
May-31-04  OneBadDog: The Nb3 lines in the Richter Rauzer are really difficult for Black to equalize against. I was looking at NCO and virtually all variations for Black lead to a slight edge for White. In the Richter Rauzer, White doessn't have as many flashy victories as he would in the Sozin, but he often ends up with more active pieces and a btter pawn structure.
Nov-18-04  artemis: Bill RobeRTie: The Richter Rauzer from White's perspective is awesome. White will have a massive lead in development. 1. e4 c4 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 Be7 8. 0-0-0 Qc7 9. Nb3 a5 10. a4 d5 11. Bb5! Nb4 12. Rhe1 (Anand Inkiov 1986) this line must be used very carefully. White will try to exploit his advantage down the center and on the kingside. The knights should try to replace themselves, but shouldnot be in a great hurry to do so, since they will not help the black queenside pawn advance (losing tempo for white). White will have a much better attack down the center and on the kingside, and I feel that Black does not get the same queenside initiative that he gets in the 6. Bg5 Najdorf. Some of the lines are similar, but the Black queenside rolls pretty quickly vs. the Richter-Rauzer
Oct-16-05  Knight13: This opening is named after Vsevolod Rauzer, I think.
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  WTHarvey: Here are 10 zaps and traps in B60 Richter-Rauzer miniatures: What's the best move?
Jul-08-08  Method B: what about the <6...Qb6> variation? it looks a bit suicidal with white's kingside attack and pawn rush (much more than in the sheveningen or usual najdorf setup) but if black survives it he is ok.
Nov-11-09  BobbyDigital80: When is going to correct the spelling of "Rauzer" in the "most played openings" section of people who play it. They spell it as "Rauser."
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: I still don't know of a reliable way for Black to equalize against the Richter-Rauzer.

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