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Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack (B63)
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 Nc6 6 Bg5 e6
7 Qd2

Number of games in database: 1771
Years covered: 1935 to 2023
Overall record:
   White wins 40.1%
   Black wins 28.6%
   Draws 31.3%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
John van der Wiel  16 games
Vlastimil Jansa  14 games
Mikhail Tal  13 games
Dmitry Gurevich  23 games
Vasilios Kotronias  19 games
Gennadi Sosonko  16 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Tal vs Koblents, 1957
Tal vs E Nievergelt, 1959
Tal vs Larsen, 1979
Bronstein vs Botvinnik, 1951
Ivanchuk vs Anand, 1998
Suetin vs Botvinnik, 1952
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 page 1 of 71; games 1-25 of 1,771  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Goglidze vs Pirc 1-0371935MoscowB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
2. M Bluemich vs L Engels  0-1101935German ChampionshipB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
3. Tartakower vs Rossolimo 1-0271936ParisB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
4. Y Rokhlin vs A Chistiakov  1-0341936All-Union 1st CategoryB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
5. V A Vasiliev vs Ragozin  0-1401936Leningrad ChampionshipB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
6. K Richter vs H Groneberg  ½-½501936Berlin-chB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
7. Panov vs O Rubtsova 1-0311936Trade Unions ChampionshipB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
8. R Charlier vs A Schwartzman  0-1651936Mar del PlataB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
9. Keres vs H Heinicke ½-½421936Bad NauheimB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
10. K Richter vs J Pelikan  0-1781936PodebradyB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
11. L Roedl vs J L Ormond 1-0281936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
12. R Arlauskas vs S Gudmundsson  0-1331936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
13. G Hodakowsky vs A Liepnieks  0-1221937ARSB tournamentB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
14. V Gergenreder vs Moskaliev 0-1281937corrB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
15. B Goldenov vs A Zinder  1-0341937Kiev championshipB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
16. P Trifunovic vs O Kavlie-Jorgensen  1-0201937Stockholm OlympiadB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
17. Petrov vs J Kolski  ½-½391938LodzB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
18. K Richter vs J Szily  1-0351939StuttgartB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
19. H van Steenis vs C de Ronde  1-0451939NED-chB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
20. P Michel vs L Engels  ½-½301939German ChampionshipB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
21. C H Alexander vs J S Morrison 0-1351939Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-1B63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
22. H W Felderhof vs A D de Groot  0-1221940VVGA TournamentB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
23. K Richter vs Bochow  1-0201940Schachgesellschaft - Pankow m; Berlin LeagueB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
24. A Simonson vs Denker  ½-½361940United States ChampionshipB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
25. C J Corte vs J Canepa  1-0451942Mar del PlataB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-28-05  vampiero: Ok, so white has an astounding winning percentage in this opening, and we can see that this defense's popularity has gone way down in the past decade. but what is it due to, late catsling for black and no castling at all lead to kingside weakness, maybe because it takes to long for the b5 and a6 pawns to move while all of whites pieces are already developed? but why dont you guys look into the 1e4 c5 2Nf3 d6 3d4 cxd4 4Nxd4 Nf6 5Nc3 Nc6 6Bg5 e6 7Qd2 Be7 80-0-0 0-0 lines becuase black is much more safe than in the d7 lines.

opinions? how can black get counterplay?

Mar-30-08  hamworld: " 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 Be7 8. O-O-O 0-0" will probably just end up with a bunch of exchanges leading to a drawish endgame. Its popularity might've gone down due to drawish lines. That, or maybe players prefer other sicilian openings. The late castling isn't horrible. I think I castled in the 37-39th move and won anyway.

Not an expert or anything, I just want to comment.

Mar-30-08  hrvyklly: <hamworld: " 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 Be7 8. O-O-O 0-0"> I've always thought that this is totally sound for Black (unlike other lines of the Rauzer I could mention) and I have no idea why its popularity has waned. Kramnik stopped playing (for the most part) 1...c5 and switched to 1...e5 - I remember both Kramnik and Anand playing it in the 90s - which may account for it going out of fashion . Or p'haps as it is not as sharp as the Najdorf or Sveshnikov? Any stronger players want to chip in and explain what's wrong/dubious/uncomfortable playing this as Black?
Jun-27-12  fisayo123: It seems slightly inferior to the other Sicilian variations. The bishop pair isn't necessarily worth the hassle with your king stranded at the center regardless of how solid blacks pawn structure seems.

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