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Re: Classical Rauzer
Reply #7 - 03/31/10 at 19:50:04
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Seach me, ask Palliser.  As for Benko's ...Qb6, a lot of people think this cure is worse than the disease.
  

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Reply #6 - 03/31/10 at 19:46:50
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that sounds good Markovic.  can't the velimirovic/sozin be sidestepped by 6...Qb6?  I think Kramnik even played this!  By the way who playing the black side besides Kozul??
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Reply #5 - 03/31/10 at 19:36:09
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Palliser in a recent update said that this has made a pretty big reappearance during the past year or so, so I'm not so sure that it's not played that much at the top.

I respect 'reverse,' but I think comments like 'play the Svesh instead' are facile.  There's a whole pile of chess in the Classical, and personally I'm not prepared to say it smells bad. 

I do think there's a lot of learning to do, since you have to face not only the Rauzer but also the Sozin and its hugely intimidating Velimirovich offshoot.
  

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Reply #4 - 03/31/10 at 19:13:01
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I think 9. f3! is quite strong as well.
  
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Reply #3 - 03/31/10 at 18:12:23
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Well, it seems that the traditional main lines (e.g. 8. 0-0-0 0-0 9. f4 Nxd4 10. Qxd4 Qa5 11. Bc4 Bd7 12. e5 and 9...h6 10. Bh4 e5) have long been generally considered slightly better for White. 

A GM I think of as being fond of it for Black is Alex Fishbein.
  
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Re: Classical Rauzer
Reply #2 - 03/31/10 at 17:57:05
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I think Bxf6 ideas may be the reason.  White has good activity.  Seems like the Kan (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 4.d4 cd 5.Nxd4 a6) Sveshnikov and Najdorf are the big sicilians.  I included the kan as Dismataling the Sicilian rated it 5 stars!!!  I think the above 3 give black a more active and solid position then the Rauzer.  Hopefully a stronger player will add to these ideas.  If the Rauzer wasn't a problem I think we would see many more classsical sicilians.  I wish I was wrong as I would definatly play it but then again at my level.....
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Re: Classical Rauzer
Reply #1 - 03/31/10 at 17:44:00
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sveshnikov is better....more reliable
  
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Classical Rauzer
03/31/10 at 07:50:47
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The classical Rauzer, 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 Be7, is nice for black. I wonder why almost no one at the top plays this anymore. Anand, Kramnik, and Shirov played this a lot in the past. I think it's underrated. Why is it so rare now?
  
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