Rip ’em with the Rauzer

The Rauzer attack against the Sicilian Dragon (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 O-O 8.Qd2 followed by 0-0-0 and a kingside pawn advance) is one of two major systems against the Sicilian pioneered by Vsevolod Alfredovich Rauzer; the other one was the Richter-Rauzer attack against the Classical system which runs 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5. Both these aggressive lines represents major threats to Black decades later, making Rauzer a theoretician par excellence.

Curiously I could not find any examples of Rauzer playing the Richter-Rauzer, the games available at Chesstempo all feature him playing 6.Be2 instead of 6.Bg5. There were however some examples of him playing the plan named after him vs. the Sicilian Dragon, including the following nice win. Note that these days it is unlikely that Black would play 8…d5:

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Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster and FIDE Senior Trainer living in St. Helens in the UK. He works as a chess coach and author and Nigel runs the Tiger Chess Academy which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos, courses and a regular blog. His students include his 18 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: View all posts by NigelD

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