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FreeRepublic wrote on 06/12/21 at 16:37:05:
Perhaps the key to understanding the position after 23Bxa6 is to realize that white is playing pretty much the benefit of his knight.


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white is playing pretty much without the benefit of his knight. [/quote]
  
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For black to exchange queens is a well known device in the Richter-Rauzer. In the typical situation, Black has the two bishops and his doubled f pawns (semi-open g file) are acceptable in an endgame.

However, trading queens when one or two pawns down is a different matter.
  
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Reply #47 - 06/13/21 at 00:30:51
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In the positionally similar Botvinnik Variation 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 h6 8.Bxf6 gxf6 Botvinnik wrote trading queens is a basic objective for black.

See Suetin - Botvinnik, 20th USSR ch 1952 in Botvinnik (1996) Half a Century of Chess, game 63, pages 177-180.
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Reply #46 - 06/12/21 at 16:37:05
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Sometimes an opening makes a modest request upon the reader:  Become a better chess player!

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 a6 8. O-O-O Bd7 9. f4 b5, start of the Kozul ("suicide") variation, 10. Bf6 gf6 11. Kb1 Qb6 12. Nce2, one of many alternatives, 12...Rc8!? 13. f5 Nd4 14. Nd4 e5 15. Ne2 b4 16. Ng3 h5 17. h4 Ke7 18. Bd3 Bh6! 19. Qe2
Kozul writes "And now the simplest way is to force the exchange of queens." Exchanging queens is not obvious when one is a pawn down and can foresee the loss of a second pawn.

19...Qe3 20. Nh5 Bc6 21. Rhe1 Qe2 22. Re2 Rcd8 23. g4 d5 = "and we can see that black has fully equalized, Vetter, G (2377 - ) - Stull, N (2618) ICCF 2006," Kozul. Credit goes to the players and to GM Kozul.

But what if white plays 23Bxa6? Black has two bishops and a well placed king, but white is two pawns up. Do I want to play this as black?

23. Ba6 d5 24. ed5 Bd5. Black threatens 25...Bxa2ch, and even ...Bxg2 (back rank). 25. Bd3 Rhg8! White cannot stop black from picking up one pawn. For example 26. g3 is demolished by 26...Bf3. 26. Rg1 faces the same move, 26...Bf3. Stockfish makes no effort to save the pawn and plays 26. R(e)e1. It evaluates the position as winning for black after either capture on g2. I will leave this as an exercise for the reader, including myself on another day.

Perhaps the key to understanding the position after 23Bxa6 is to realize that white is playing pretty much the benefit of his knight.
  
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Reply #45 - 02/11/21 at 18:25:57
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I went ahead and bought Kozul's book. I followed a line from IM Kanmazalp's book. Both books are great if you want to play this line as black.

They both include discussion of the game Gleichmann,M (2550)-Laghetti,G (2457) ICCF email 2015 and find it game satisfactory for black.

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cd4 4. Nd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5! Bd7!? 7. Qd2! a6 8. O-O-O e6 9. f3!? Nd4! 10. Qd4 Be7!? 11. Kb1 b5 12. g4. Here Kozul provides one of his games with 12...Qc7. I will have to look at this as it looks safer than the game continuation:

12. ... O-O 13. Be3 Bc6 14. h4 Nd7 15. h5 h6 16. Qd2. Both Kanmazalp and Kozul continue with the game move 16...Rc8. GM Roiz of ChessPublishing, referring to this game, says "White's attacking prospects were clearly better."

Black can diverge with 16... Ne5!? 17. Qg2 Bf6 18. f4 Nc4 19. Bc4 bc4 20. Bd4 Rb8 21. Bf6 Qf6 22. Qg3 Qe7 23. g5 hg5 24. fg5 Qb7. Black has equal chances. Play might continue 25. b3 cb3 26. ab3 Be4 27. Ne4 Qe4 28. g6 a5. It this isn't a Sicilian position, I don't know what is.
  
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Re: Kozul on the Kozul: "The Richter Rauzer Reborn"
Reply #44 - 02/11/21 at 13:18:16
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MNb wrote on 02/11/21 at 06:47:18:
I feel that Bd7 is misplaced after the knights exchange


I have somewhat the same impression.

That is one reason why I was drawn to an early ...Bc6. "an ordinary chessplayer" correctly pointed out a mistaken evaluation on my part, and I'm no longer so enthusiastic.

In the 9f3 Be7 Kozul mainline, black often plays ...Rc8. White may play N(d4)xc6. Black can choose between three recaptures, each of which blocks a piece!

Instead black may prefer to initiate the trade of knights with ...Nxd4. The bishop on d7 observes the queen side and can later go to c6. That's my retrospective reasoning to justify the recommendation of two authors. Now to give it a try!
  
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Re: Kozul on the Kozul: "The Richter Rauzer Reborn"
Reply #43 - 02/11/21 at 06:47:18
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Peculiar - my database contains 23 games and White scores 65%, due to 13 wins. Four of them are corr. games. This confirms that stats don't mean much with so few games.

That said I feel that Bd7 is misplaced after the knights exchange. And that's why I'd prefer 7...Be7 8.O-O-O Nxd4 9.Qxd4 a6, As this is off topic I won't mention the one big problem line.
  

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Re: Kozul on the Kozul: "The Richter Rauzer Reborn"
Reply #42 - 02/10/21 at 23:46:06
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FreeRepublic wrote on 02/10/21 at 19:00:56:
I found only 17 games after 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 a6 8. O-O-O Bd7 9. f3 Nxd4!? 10. Qxd4 Be7 11g4. Black scores 50%.


To put that in perspective, 2,766 games reached the position with 9. f3, with a score of 55%. Restricting the search to players rated 2300 and above yields 1,392 games with a score of 56%.
  
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Reply #41 - 02/10/21 at 19:00:56
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After 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 a6 8. O-O-O Bd7, both GM Kozul and IM Kanmazalp devote many more chapters to 9. f4 than to 9. f3. I think the reason is that 9. f4 has been around longer and also lends itself to more concrete analysis.

After 9 f3, both books discuss the relatively recent 9. ... Nxd4!? 10. Qxd4 Be7. This scores very well for black - 46%! Playing this may not be so easy as the stats indicate. White's plan is simple, a pawn storm on the king side. Black may have to choose judiciously between playing on the queen side, king side, or center.

I have Kanmazalp's book and he now covers 11.h4, 11g4, and 11. Kb1. White can easily combine these moves, so there are many possible transpositions.

I played through his analysis of 11h4 with a computer and found the engine to be almost worthless. The line in question is a mutual pawn storm and the engine simply can not make out the strength of attack until it's almost over. I'll just say you get everything you hoped for in a Sicilian.

I got bogged down looking at 11g4 because black must consider Be3 g5 by white. So where to put the knight? Kanmazalp opts for h5. If black plays ...Bc6, then ...Nd7 becomes possible. ...0-0 makes ...Ne8 possible.

I found only 17 games after 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 a6 8. O-O-O Bd7 9. f3 Nxd4!? 10. Qxd4 Be7 11g4. Black scores 50%. Tal played white in the first two games (a win and a draw).

After 11g4, several moves have been tried:  ...b5, ...Bc6, ...h6, ...h5, ...Qa5, and ...Qc7. At this point, I don't think I can trust game results or computer analysis, without digging deeper.

After 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Bg5! e6 7. Qd2 a6 8.O-O-O Bd7 9. f3 Nxd4!? 10. Qxd4 Be7 11. g4, Kanmazalp continues ...b5 12. Be3 O-O 13. g5 Nh5 with further analysis of  14Qd2 and 14h4. 14f4 is also possible.
  
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Re: Kozul on the Kozul: "The Richter Rauzer Reborn"
Reply #40 - 02/10/21 at 18:11:41
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Sorry, I neglected to provide attribution. I was agreeing with your comment.
  
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Sometimes at a dinner party, you'll hear someone chatting with their neighbor. Then a short while later you'll hear someone further down the table saying the same thing. Funny when that happens. Smiley
  
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Reply #38 - 02/10/21 at 14:06:59
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After 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 a6 8. O-O-O Bd7 9. f3!? Nd4 10. Qd4 Bc6 11. h4 h6 12. Be3 d5 13. e5 Nd7 14. f4, we get a pawn structure that is common in the Classical French. Initially engines think Black is equal, but that is deceptive.
  
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Re: Kozul on the Kozul: "The Richter Rauzer Reborn"
Reply #37 - 02/09/21 at 22:30:27
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1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.O-O-O Bd7 9.f3 Nxd4 10.Qxd4 Bc6 11.h4 h6 12.Be3 d5

I don't know about 12...d5, after 13.e5 Nd7 14.f4 followed by Kb1, Qd2, Bd3, Ne2-d4, etc. At first the foolish engine thinks it's equal, but that's not the case at all.
  
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Reply #36 - 02/09/21 at 19:31:52
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1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 a6 8. O-O-O Bd7 has been covered by many sources. 9. f4 b5!? is a sharp main line. 9. f3 is a slower, but equally dangerous main line.

9. f3 Be7 has been played and analyzed many times. Kozul  offers 9...h6 which tends to transpose to other lines.

Both Kozul and IM Kanmalzup (ModernChess) analyze the relatively new 9...Nxd4 10. Qxd4 Be7. I think black's goal is to play ...b5 as soon as possible, taking time out occasionally for defense.

9. f3 Nxd4 10. Qxd4 Bc6 has been played a few times with good results. I came up with this independently. The idea is to play ...d5.

Here's an example of what black is looking for: 9. f3 Nd4 10. Qd4 Bc6!? 11. h4 h6 12. Be3 d5 13. ed5 Nd5 14. Nd5 Qd5 15. Qd5 Bd5 and the game is equal.

Instead, white can go for the crush with 11. e5!?. Then 11...de5! 12. Qe5 Nd7! 13. Qg3 looks forced. Now 13... Qb6! seems best. Here is a sample line: 14. Bd3 h6 15. Bf4 Nf6 16. Be5 Nh5 17. Qe1 O-O-O 18. Be4 Be7 and black is OK.

Black really can't go for the dynamic 9. f4 b5 lines unless he has a satisfactory way to answer 9. f3. Here, 9. f3 Nxd4 10. Qxd4 Bc6!? may be black's most solid, if least dynamic, solution.
  
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Re: Kozul on the Kozul: "The Richter Rauzer Reborn"
Reply #35 - 09/26/20 at 15:56:31
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GM Yermolinsky looks at the Kozul variation in his three part (and counting) video series on the Internet Chess Club.

A search of the ICC videos shows a Game of the Month on the 9f3 variation. It is Kurnosov-Dubov, annotated by Joel Benjamin. It continues with the obvious 9...b5. That may not be the best move, but the game itself is very good.
  
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Reply #34 - 06/15/20 at 07:33:02
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FreeRepublic wrote on 06/14/20 at 19:50:06:
TD wrote on 03/22/20 at 13:17:46:
Although Kozul's move is 13.Qe1 Ra7, Stockfish "thinks" 13...0-0-0 is much better. Any thoughts?

My friend played 14.Bd3

I think your moves are:
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Bg5! e6 7. Qd2 a6 8.O-O-O Bd7 9. f4 b5 10. Bf6 gf6 11. Kb1 Qb6 12. Nc6 Bc6 13. Qe1

This is correct. The game continued 13...Ra7 14.Bd3 (not mentioned) 14...Qc5 15.f5 Rc7 16.Qh4 Be7 17.Qg4 h5 18.Qg7 Rf8 19.Qh6, "out of book".
  
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TD wrote on 03/22/20 at 13:17:46:
Although Kozul's move is 13.Qe1 Ra7, Stockfish "thinks" 13...0-0-0 is much better. Any thoughts?

My friend played 14.Bd3


I don't have the book. By the way, Forward Chess has a playable E-book of the second edition.

I think your moves are:
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Bg5! e6 7. Qd2 a6 8.O-O-O Bd7 9. f4 b5 10. Bf6 gf6 11. Kb1 Qb6 12. Nc6 Bc6 13. Qe1

Indeed, 13...Ra7 has been played (recommended by Kozul?). Also 13...0-0-0 has been recommended by IM Kanmazalp of Modern Chess. 13...Be7 deserves a look. Anyway 14Bd3 has been played after each move!

Some of us may not have the Kozul's book. I, for one, do not. So I recommend you provide all the moves to your game.

My general impression is that black MUST be precise in defense for the next few moves. White will be well advised to try to play precisely also. Once black equalizes, he is really in the game, as the play is double-edged. The player of the white pieces may not react well once his advantage is gone. Smiley
  
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Reply #32 - 03/22/20 at 13:17:46
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I am playing a corr game against a friend. We are both rated < 2000 and have no experience with this variation. Although Kozul's move is 13.Qe1 Ra7, Stockfish "thinks" 13...0-0-0 is much better. Any thoughts?

My friend played 14.Bd3, which I couldn't find in the book?! After a transposition we arrived at 17.Qg4 h5 18.Qg7 Rf8 on page 223, where Kozul only mentions 19.Ne2. My friend (and Stockfish) played 19.Qh6, which looks better. Any thoughts? Does the Revised Edition mention something new about this variation?
  
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Reply #31 - 05/08/19 at 16:41:57
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I'd appreciate having this book in electronic form. I may break down and buy it in hard copy anyway.

Modern-Chess.com also has an excellent e-book by IM Kanmazalp. I'd not previously heard of him, but can vouch for the quality of his work.

Regardless of the source, we are talking about:
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5! e6 7. Qd2 a6 8. O-O-O Bd7

The original main-line continues with 9.f4 b5. With ...b5!? we get to the line referred to by Yermolinsky and others the Kozul suicide line. Unfortunately for black, white came up with a second main line starting with 9f3. Both moves have done well for white. 9f4!? is tactical and sharp, lending itself to concrete analysis. 9f3!? is more amorphous with different ideas an many transpositions. It's harder to get a handle on 9f3.

After 9f3, IM Kanmazalp analyzes the old main line with 9...Be7 and the newer 9...Nxd4. Take your pick. I imagine I will take a few looks at both lines. I was already familiar and comfortable with 9f4, but I can tell you that Kanmazalp has a lot to add.

After 9...Nxd4 10Qxd4, Kanmazalp continues with 10...Be7. While I will doubtless go through this, I first looked at a suggestion of Stockfish, namely 10...Bc6. For example 11. h4 h6 12. Be3 d5!? 13.exd5 Nxd5 14. Nxd5 Qxd5 15. Qxd5 Bxd5.

It's hard to believe that white has anything here, though either player might enjoy playing this endgame (or not).

My approach is first see if there is anything that I like vs. 9f3. If so, then I can look forward to learning more about the highly combative 9f4.
  
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Reply #30 - 02/06/19 at 01:58:59
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Leon_Trotsky wrote on 02/06/19 at 01:50:58:
To me if I understand, the Kozul "Suicide" Variation is the best variation for Black. I really do not like putting the bitchop on e7 or any of those related old lines. Last time I looked at those variations, Black suffer a lot positionally, except without the sharp counterplay of the Kozul. Does anyone even analyse those lines as much  ¿ I am not referring to White, I mean Black players who play against the Richter-Rauzer Cheesy


I would note that a number of recent updates have addressed 9...Be7.
  
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Stigma wrote on 02/06/19 at 01:25:20:
But everybody is recommending the Kozul variation - 6...e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0-0-0 Bd7 9.f4 b5 - against the Richter-Rauzer. Marin also did that on his Chessbase DVD a few years ago.


To me if I understand, the Kozul "Suicide" Variation is the best variation for Black. I really do not like putting the bitchop on e7 or any of those related old lines. Last time I looked at those variations, Black suffer a lot positionally, except without the sharp counterplay of the Kozul. Does anyone even analyse those lines as much  ¿ I am not referring to White, I mean Black players who play against the Richter-Rauzer Cheesy

Stigma wrote on 02/06/19 at 01:25:20:
Sure it leads to very interesting positions, but it isn't the only line played on a high level? Could mean I would get some surprise value out of playing something else as Black.  Smiley


The entire Classical is usually not played as much as the Najdorf or Taimanow at high level, except occassionally. And even in those occassions, it seems that most choose the Kozul anyway. I find the entire variation to be fun and sharp. If you are in the mood to get into one of those situations where if you or your opponent make a slip you win.
  
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Reply #28 - 02/06/19 at 01:25:20
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Leon_Trotsky wrote on 02/05/19 at 20:45:37:
Maybe the Classical is becoming more popular ¿  Cheesy

But everybody is recommending the Kozul variation - 6...e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0-0-0 Bd7 9.f4 b5 - against the Richter-Rauzer. Marin also did that on his Chessbase DVD a few years ago.

I wonder why. (OK, Kozul himself is excused!) Sure it leads to very interesting positions, but it isn't the only line played on a high level? Could mean I would get some surprise value out of playing something else as Black.  Smiley
  

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Reply #27 - 02/05/19 at 20:45:37
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I had contacted Thinkers few months ago and I was told that this book available the 21th of this month.

Recently Modern Chess have new database on the Richter-Rauzer as well:

https://www.modern-chess.com/en/chess-databases/database=61

Maybe the Classical is becoming more popular ¿  Cheesy
  
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Reply #26 - 02/05/19 at 14:31:24
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We can hope for a new & revised edition of this book
as "expected arrivals" at Thinkers Publishing contains:

The Modernized Richter Rauzer
by Jankovic & Kozul

A date is not given but they usually do not announce
far in advance, so it might take only few days/weeks !?

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Hi.

CarriedbyGg wrote on 09/07/16 at 11:24:39:
Is anyone else working on this, probably with White?

Not me.
If there is anything that is especially puzzling or interesting I would be quite willing to take a look though.

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Re: Kozul on the Kozul: "The Richter Rauzer Reborn"
Reply #24 - 09/07/16 at 11:24:39
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Is anyone else working on this, probably with White?
  
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Re: Kozul on the Kozul: "The Richter Rauzer Reborn"
Reply #23 - 08/29/16 at 21:54:43
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I do not own the Negi, but I got to look at it for a day or so. I remember that his mainline is the Kb1-f5 variation, where Kozul and Jankovic recommend Qc5. So, the moves after the initial Kozul position are
11. Kb1 Qb6 12. Nxc6 Bxc6 13. f5
I think Negis mainline is 13. ... b4 now, where he also adresses Marins proposal. I didn't properly checked it, but a friend of mine did and he believes that Negis analysis on that can be improved fairly easily. Food for thought?

But my interest lies in the comparison to Kozul and indeed, they meet in a sideline after

13. ... Qc5 14. Bd3 h5 15. fe fe 16. Rhf1 (Kozul looked at e5!? mainly) Bg7 and now Negi proposes 17. Ne2 which only got an "unclear" sign by K&J. He then follows a correspondence game but I think there were not much else analysis. For me, even without checking this does seem like a proper way for White and Black. Negi can claim a typical advantage, while Kozul and Jankovic seem to be happy to play Black in another typical, unclear Kozul variation. So not a big upset here!

I hope that this answered your question Smiley
  
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Reply #22 - 06/27/16 at 09:19:21
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Sorry to bump an old thread, but I was wondering how this book fares when compared with Negi's analyses, or if they analyse the variation played in Karjakin-Caruana from the Candidates?
  

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Re: Kozul on the Kozul: "The Richter Rauzer Reborn"
Reply #21 - 02/29/16 at 06:58:13
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MilenPetrov wrote on 10/30/14 at 21:48:50:
Back to the book...
I started to work on it with my ChessBase and engines and until now I checked only th first chapter. Pure chess content look great until now, but...If i was a manager of this company I would immediately sac the chief editor
Just two reasons which i spotted:
1) Did someone pay attention to the cover? Black(red) pieces are placed on a 1st-2nd row - WTH.
2) Field e1 on cover design is white - OMG
Unless I am sloppy and have problems with colors
Also while working on 1st chapter I spotted a lot of incomplete sentences, which is clear to me it is a pure database dump.


It's the Kozul. Naturally, it turns the chessboard upside down. Smiley

The funny thing is that my students nearly always notice this before I do during an analysis, since I almost never look at the numbers and letters.
  
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Reply #20 - 10/25/15 at 13:40:27
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Even if my post didn't get much attention obviously, I think it may interest someone that Marin on his classical Sicilian DVD recommends 12. .... Be7 followed by 0-0-0. He stops after 12. ... b4 13. Ne2 a5 14. f5, but I don't see much danger for Black, just a normal double-edged position.
I understand Marin's choice as I would bet he likes the positions players like Damljanovic get (he seems to play a lot of Be7 and 0-0-0 in his games) over those played by Kozul, who generally plays more aggressive.
  
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Reply #19 - 08/16/15 at 18:39:12
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Thanks CarriedbyGg!
  
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Reply #18 - 08/16/15 at 16:31:17
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I have done some work on a line not mentioned. In the main-mainline, after 11. ... Qb6, there are alternatives to 12.Nxc6, which are not covered by the authors, sadly. I will offer you my thoughts of 12.Nf3, as I have happened to face it in my very first Rauzer encounter 2 years ago.

  
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Reply #17 - 08/16/15 at 16:22:44
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Sorry for the long waiting. Kozul proposes 9. ... h6 10. Be3 b5.
  
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Reply #16 - 08/15/15 at 14:27:57
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Reply #15 - 07/15/15 at 12:38:11
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What does Kozul suggest against 9.f3. 9.f4 is THE LINE but what about just building up slowly?
  
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Re: Kozul on the Kozul: "The Richter Rauzer Reborn"
Reply #14 - 07/01/15 at 19:41:43
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Well, I'm deep impressed. I hacked a lot of pages into the database already and the verbal explanations and deep analysis are excellent. At several moments they show that they don't blindly follow the engine's recommendations, but only use it for help. It is a remarkable book written by two strong experts on this opening and if the layout is a bit better it would easily be my favourite opening book so far. I would say not even the GM reperoire books by quality chess are THAT complete.
  
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Re: Kozul on the Kozul: "The Richter Rauzer Reborn"
Reply #13 - 06/25/15 at 20:16:38
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I've started working with the book a bit and I found a very impressive fault, where some side-sideline was dealt with in a separate (albeit small) chapter. In the next chapter though, the very same analysis on this very same position was repeated! Pretty weird.
Anyway, I think the pure chess content is great, but it is very poorly organised. But if you use Chessbase or something else and work yourself through the moves one by one, it is not so confusing anymore Smiley

Anyone else opinions on that book?

Thread aside, I had a nice plan for picking an Anti-Anti-Sicilian Repertoire by going e4 c5 Nf3 Nf6!? Nc3 d6. That would lead back to the classical while avoiding the Bb5 lines. The problem of course should be 3. e5 Nd5 d4!? (I don't think Nc3 is a big problem, like Aagaard) I think White gets a small edge here.
  
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Re: Kozul on the Kozul: "The Richter Rauzer Reborn"
Reply #12 - 10/30/14 at 22:15:46
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MilenPetrov wrote on 10/30/14 at 21:48:50:
1) Did someone pay attention to the cover? Black(red) pieces are placed on a 1st-2nd row - WTH.

reminds me of http://en.chessbase.com/post/checasting--making-the-invisible-visible-240313 (scroll down halfway)
  
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Re: Kozul on the Kozul: "The Richter Rauzer Reborn"
Reply #11 - 10/30/14 at 21:48:50
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Back to the book...
I started to work on it with my ChessBase and engines and until now I checked only th first chapter. Pure chess content look great until now, but...If i was a manager of this company I would immediately sac the chief editor
Just two reasons which i spotted:
1) Did someone pay attention to the cover? Black(red) pieces are placed on a 1st-2nd row - WTH.
2) Field e1 on cover design is white - OMG
Unless I am sloppy and have problems with colors
Also while working on 1st chapter I spotted a lot of incomplete sentences, which is clear to me it is a pure database dump.
  
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Re: Kozul on the Kozul: "The Richter Rauzer Reborn"
Reply #10 - 10/29/14 at 16:48:49
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Paddy wrote on 10/29/14 at 15:26:01:
Incidentally, I notice that the line of the Rauser that was all the rage in the 1990s, when it was Kramnik's favourite, 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0-0-0 h6. which was thought to rendered practically unplayable by the line 9.Nxc6 bxc6 10.Bf4 d5 11.Qe3, is refusing to die. As well as continued support from Kosteniuk (who has been playing the Classical since she was a child), there are recent games featuring other strong players as Black, such as A.Vovk (2614), C.Lupulescu (2630) and even one of the co-authors of the The Richter-Rauser Reborn, A.Jankovic (2547)!!


Indeed; last year there was a Yearbook article (by Andrey Obodchuk) about that line, based on the games and ideas of Jankovic.  There was some discussion in the thread "why Classical sicilian not as popular as Najdorf?".  (Offhand I liked the look of an ErictheRed suggestion for White, not mentioned by Obodchuk:  1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 a6 8. O-O-O h6 9. Nxc6 bxc6 10. Bf4 d5 11. Qe3 Bb4 12. Be2 O-O 13. e5 Nh7 14. Ne4 a5 15. h4.)
  
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Re: Kozul on the Kozul: "The Richter Rauzer Reborn"
Reply #9 - 10/29/14 at 15:26:01
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MilenPetrov wrote on 10/28/14 at 14:18:19:
Got the book today and flipped some pages and lines. At first sight it is very hard reading... too much moves, messy Lines structure. I am not speaking about pure chess content at the moment...only my first impressions about the organization of the book, unclear diagrams (looks like screen grab), layout etc. I will start checking the real content tonight and hopefully will come back with a full review in a few days. For now from what I saw I can assess it as 1out of 5 stars, but again need to check pure chess content.


I agree that the design and layout could have been better - it doesn't feel very user-friendly. However, the editors have clearly made an effort to help the reader navigate the variation's complexities and so perhaps with use one will become accustomed to it. In its favour, there is quite a lot of explanatory prose scattered throughout the book, but I think that a strategic introduction and maybe chapter summaries would have been useful. I'm guessing that many readers will use it more as a work of reference than as a learning tool.

So, I wouldn't really recommend this book to anyone wishing to take up the Rauser as Black from scratch, as part of a Classical Sicilian repertoire. For that, I think the best books are still, and in order, Easy Guide to the Classical Sicilian and Chess Explained-the Classical Sicilian. I think the former is fantastically helpful in explaining the main ideas and even many important nuances, enabling the reader to start playing the lines with a degree of confidence fairly quickly. Obviously the theory in some lines has moved on, but I think that the Easy Guide, plus a good database, is all that most amateurs would need to get started playing the Classical.

Incidentally, I notice that the line of the Rauser that was all the rage in the 1990s, when it was Kramnik's favourite, 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0-0-0 h6. which was thought to rendered practically unplayable by the line 9.Nxc6 bxc6 10.Bf4 d5 11.Qe3, is refusing to die. As well as continued support from Kosteniuk (who has been playing the Classical since she was a child), there are recent games featuring other strong players as Black, such as A.Vovk (2614), C.Lupulescu (2630) and even one of the co-authors of the The Richter-Rauser Reborn, A.Jankovic (2547)!!
  
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Re: Kozul on the Kozul: "The Richter Rauzer Reborn"
Reply #8 - 10/28/14 at 14:26:51
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This seems to be a fairly common problem with new chess publishers that are popping up - their editing, typesetting and house styles are a mess. When I was working on my book it was hell to consult Dégainez la Kalashnikov - readability is so important.

It's shocking that this could even be a problem nowadays - there are 6 or so top publishers who've figured this stuff out and thousands of books that have been successfully published and look great from even just the last 10 years or so. Not to mention the fact that the editing/typesetting part of publishing is a very small fraction of the time and effort that goes into making a chess book...

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Re: Kozul on the Kozul: "The Richter Rauzer Reborn"
Reply #7 - 10/28/14 at 14:18:19
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Got the book today and flipped some pages and lines. At first sight it is very hard reading... too much moves, messy Lines structure. I am not speaking about pure chess content at the moment...only my first impressions about the organization of the book, unclear diagrams (looks like screen grab), layout etc. I will start checking the real content tonight and hopefully will come back with a full review in a few days. For now from what I saw I can assess it as 1out of 5 stars, but again need to check pure chess content.
  
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Re: Kozul on the Kozul: "The Richter Rauzer Reborn"
Reply #6 - 10/24/14 at 07:33:53
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Im coming from Croatia, and can say that Im very glad to see Kozul's name on the cover of this book. He is probably best authority in this specific line. Even 20 years ago, when I started playing tournament chess, Kozul was well known as an expert in Richter-Rauzer.

Although, probably the biggest part of analytical work on the book was done by Jankovic. But, I hope Kozul name is not on the cover only to boost sales Smiley
  
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Reply #5 - 10/22/14 at 11:38:17
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I've ordered it and waiting to have it in my hands within 5-6 days. I am very curious to see what Kozul have to say about my old analysis and what is new about Qe1 and Bd3 lines.I temporary stopped stopped to play Rauzer in favor of French, but I have no problem to come back again to my lovely Rauzer. Just not enough time to cross check my old analysis with newest engines and hardware.
  
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Re: Kozul on the Kozul: "The Richter Rauzer Reborn"
Reply #4 - 09/29/14 at 14:41:04
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Apparently it is a repertoire book at least in that it only addresses Black playing for the Kozul Suicide Variation (as Yermolinsky called it), and not e.g. the old main move 9...Be7 after 9. f4.
  
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Reply #3 - 09/29/14 at 12:00:54
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DenVerdsligeRejsende wrote on 09/27/14 at 00:22:54:
This is strictly a repertoirebook? I read the excerpt, and it seems to be for Black, but I am unsure if this is a response-to-each repertoire book or it analyses all of Black's responses to White's options like the Batsford Rauzer book or Nunn's 6. Bg5 Najdorf book. Anyone have it yet?

I don't have it yet, but the example chapter shows deep analysis in a tree format (variation A1.2, etc), with branches both on whites and on black's moves.

So it seems that it treats the position after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0-0-0 Bd7 for both sides, not only a black repertoire.
  
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Re: Kozul on the Kozul: "The Richter Rauzer Reborn"
Reply #2 - 09/27/14 at 00:22:54
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This is strictly a repertoirebook? I read the excerpt, and it seems to be for Black, but I am unsure if this is a response-to-each repertoire book or it analyses all of Black's responses to White's options like the Batsford Rauzer book or Nunn's 6. Bg5 Najdorf book. Anyone have it yet?
  
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Re: Kozul on the Kozul: "The Richter Rauzer Reborn"
Reply #1 - 09/26/14 at 14:32:11
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Dannnnnnng this is long overdue.  Shocked Grin Cheesy
  
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Kozul on the Kozul: "The Richter Rauzer Reborn"
09/26/14 at 13:09:39
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Suddenly, the book "The Richter Rauzer Reborn" by Kozul and Jankovic appeared at De Beste Zet: http://www.debestezet.nl/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=2805 . What a nice surprise Smiley

By a new chess publisher no less, http://www.thinkerspublishing.com/ , with GM Ivan Sokolov as founder and managing editor.
  
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