The Rauzer Sicilian begins with the moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 entering a Classical Sicilian with White’s main move 6.Bg5, followed by 6…e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0-0-0. In this video, the first of 3 videos on the Rauzer Sicilian, IM Robert Ris explores play after Black opts for 8…h6 (diagram, left).
This variation with 8…h6 was a popular move in the mid-90s and was played by many top grandmasters, including Vladimir Kramnik and Vassily Ivanchuk. Nowadays, this variation has fallen out of favor as it isn’t that great for Black – but of course, White needs to know how to deal with it.
In this video, you’ll learn the typical plans in this variation and how to ensure you get the most from the position.
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