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Varuzhan Akobian vs Ray Robson
"Rockin' Robson" (game of the day Oct-05-2009)
Aeroflot Open (2009), Moscow RUS, rd 6, Feb-22
Semi-Slav Defense: Botvinnik System. Lilienthal Variation (D44)  ·  0-1



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Oct-05-09  goldenbear: I was thinking 21.b3.
Oct-05-09  Primoman: Wow, white got crushed. It seemed like he was helpless ever since he engaged in the knight pin.
Oct-05-09  Primoman: goldenbear: I was thinking 21.b3.

Yes, that move seems to work, I don't see an answer for black but I assume Robson took that move into account.

It seems as though white wasted a move with 26.Rd1, as white just continued to push his a pawn.

Oct-05-09  Amarande: If instead 36 Nxc5 b1=Q+ 37 Ke2 Qc2+ and Black still wins a piece with a Rook up.
Oct-05-09  Wade Keller: Check out Ray's profile. He will be 15 this month.
Oct-05-09  outplayer: this is one of the most complicated variatios of the slav defence. Robson's play is outstanding.
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  kevin86: White is being eaten alive-woe is him!
Oct-05-09  mworld: The suspense nearly killed me. Watching black march down the queenside so dominantly was amazing, especially considering how far and open his king looked the whole time.
Oct-05-09  RandomVisitor: Better would be 33.Rb1 Bxa3 34.Nd2 with equal play.

White is lost after 33.Rxc4??

Oct-05-09  RandomVisitor: 3 minutes per move:

Varuzhan Akobian (2619) - Ray Robson (2455)

Aeroflot Open Moscow RUS (6), 22.02.2009

[Rybka 3 ]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 c6 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.e4 b5 7.e5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Nxg5 hxg5 10.Bxg5 Nbd7 11.g3 Bb7 12.Bg2 Qb6 13.exf6 c5 14.d5 0-0-0 15.0-0 b4 16.Na4 Qa6 17.a3 Bxd5 18.Bxd5 Ne5 19.axb4 Rxd5 20.Qe2 last book move

20...cxb4 0.52/19
21.Nc3 0.52/17 Ra5 0.52/19
22.Rxa5 0.52/18 Qxa5 0.59/17
23.Ne4 0.55/15 Nd3 0.59/16
24.h4= 0.00/19
<[Rybka 3 : 24.Be3 Qh5 25.f3 a5 26.Bg5 Qh3 27.g4 a4 28.Be3 Kb7 29.Ng5 Qh6 30.Nxf7 Qxf6 31.Nxh8 Qxh8 32.Rb1 Bg7 33.Qc2 Be5 34.Qg2 0.59/16 ]>

24...Qe5 0.00/17
25.Qe3 0.00/16 a5 0.00/18
26.Rd1 0.00/18 a4 0.00/18
27.Bf4 0.00/17 Nxf4 0.00/15
28.gxf4 -0.29/12
[Rybka 3 : 28.Qa7 Nd3 29.Qa6+ Kc7 30.Qxc4+ Nc5 31.Rc1 a3 32.bxa3 bxa3 33.Qa4 Qd5 34.Qa7+ Kc6 35.Qa4+ Kc7 36.Qa7+ Kc6 37.Qa4+ Kc7 38.Qa7+ Kc6 39.Qa4+ Kc7 40.Qa7+ Kc6 41.Qa4+ Kc7 42.Qa7+ Kc6 43.Qa4 0.00/15 ]

28...Rg8 0.00/19
[Rybka 3 : 28...Qc7 29.Rd4 Qc6 30.Qe2 Kb7 31.Rxc4 Qd5 32.Rc2 Rxh4 33.Rd2 Qc6 34.Rc2 Qe8 35.Qf3 -0.29/12 ]

29.Kf1 0.00/18 Qb5 0.00/18
30.Qe2 0.00/16 a3 0.00/18
31.bxa3 0.00/17 b3 0.36/16
[Rybka 3 : 31...bxa3 32.Rc1 Kb7 33.Nc3 Qc6 34.Ne4 Qd5 35.Rxc4 Rg4 36.Ra4 Qc6 37.Rc4 Qd5 38.Ra4 Qc6 39.Rc4 Qd5 40.Ra4 Qc6 41.Rc4 Qd5 42.Ra4 Qc6 43.Rc4 Qd5 44.Ra4 Qc6 45.Rc4 Qd5 46.Ra4 Qc6= 0.00/17 ]

32.Rc1= 0.00/18
[Rybka 3 : 32.Nd2 Bc5 33.Qxc4 Qxc4+ 34.Nxc4 Rg4 35.Rc1 Rxh4 36.Kg2 Kd8 37.Kg3 Rh6 38.Rb1 Rxf6 39.Rxb3 Bxf2+ 40.Kf3 Kc7 41.a4 Bg1 42.Ke4 Rf5 43.Rb5 Rxb5 44.axb5 Bc5 0.36/16 ]

32...b2 0.00/17
33.Rxc4+?? -5.09/18
<[Rybka 3 : 33.Rb1 Bxa3 34.Nd2 Kb7 35.Nxc4 Qd5 36.Qc2 Qg2+ 37.Ke2 Qg4+ 38.Kf1 Qh3+ 39.Ke2 Qg4+ 40.Kf1 Qh3+ 41.Ke2 Qg4+ 42.Kf1 Qh3+ 43.Ke2 Qg4+ 44.Kf1 Qh3+ 45.Ke2 Qg4+ 46.Kf1 Qh3+ 47.Ke2 Qg4+ 48.Kf1= 0.00/17 ]>

33...Bc5 -5.09/18
34.Rxc5+ -5.09/18 Qxc5 -5.98/20
35.Qa6+ -5.55/19 Kb8 -5.09/18
36.Nd2? -#18/12
[Rybka 3 : 36.Nxc5 b1Q+ 37.Ke2 Qc2+ 38.Kf3 Qxc5 39.a4 Kc7 40.Qd3 Rg6 41.Qe4 Rxf6 42.Ke2 Rg6 43.a5 Qxa5 44.Qc4+ Kd7 45.Qb3 Qa6+ 46.Ke3 Rh6 47.Qd1+ Ke7 48.Qh1 Qb5 -5.09/18 ]

36...Rd8 -#20/14

Oct-05-09  WhiteRook48: I thought from the pun that Robson was going to lose... wrong
Oct-05-09  backyard pawn: "Sugar" Ray Robson? Well, I am humbled looking at such a beautiful game played by a 14-year old.
Oct-05-09  tivrfoa: why not 35. Qxb2?
Oct-05-09  pawneetribe: If 35. Qxb2+, black can respond with Qc4+. White cannot defend with 36.Qe2 because of Rg1+!
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  jessicafischerqueen: <pawneetribe>


<If 35. Qxb2+, >

then the pieces are not set up correctly on the board.

Seeing as how <35.Qxb2> does not put the King in check

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  Phony Benoni: Tsk, tsk, tsk. The openings these youngsters think up these days. We need to get back to the solid strategical concepts and iron logic of ... uh, never mind.
Oct-05-09  tivrfoa: <pawneetribe: If 35. Qxb2+, black can respond with Qc4+. White cannot defend with 36.Qe2 because of Rg1+!> wow. xD thanks pawneetribe :)
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  Check It Out: That was a great game, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The opening was super interesting with the king side exchanges. Black's queen side pawn march from moves 25-32 was incredible; white couldn't make enough threats and each pawn move seemed well timed. Fantastic foresight on Robson's part to see the grand finale from 32...b2 to the end.

I like this style of chess, active and dynamic, but understandable.

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  Check It Out: Opening the g-file early on only worked against white later.
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  Check It Out: Seeing some of the engine improvements later on is somewhat deflating. I'm glad I look at it through human eyes first.
Oct-06-09  RandomVisitor: 24.Be3 is not as good as hoped:

[+0.05] d=21 24...Qd5 25.f3 b3 26.Bxa7 Bb4 27.Ra1 Ba5 28.Bc5 Bc7 29.Ba3 06:11:49

Jan-21-10  holy tramp: This has to be one of the greatest games ever by a 15 yr old- especially against such a strong opponent while breaking out the complicated and risky Botvinnik. Robson served notice in this Aeroflot event; raising his rating to over 2500 and finishing ahead of 12 GMs including the highly respected Vadim Milov (2705!) and Sergey Volkov.
May-14-10  humanchimp: I'm curious why 12...Qb6 is considered by chessgames to be a sacrifice. It seems to me that after 13.exf6 White is just getting his piece back.
Oct-28-11  Llawdogg: Push those passed pawns!
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  yiotta: Maybe I'm too old for this...
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