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Allan Stig Rasmussen vs Ray Robson
"Tales from the Crypt" (game of the day Sep-03-2015)
Arctic Chess Challenge (2009), Tromso NOR, rd 6, Aug-01
Catalan Opening: Open Defense (E04)  ·  0-1



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Allan Stig Rasmussen vs Ray Robson (2009) Tales from the Crypt

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  HeMateMe: "Float like a butterfly, Stig like a Bee!"
Jun-16-11  WhiteRook48: interesting win
Jun-16-11  dotsamoht: Good one, <HeHateMe>. Stig... nice...

Still cannot believe Ray lost to Naroditsky at the U.S. Championship... killed his chances...

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  kevin86: another crypt game. It looks like a lot of pieces are in half-nelsons this week.
Jun-17-11  LIFE Master AJ: Strange!!!! Chessbase gives this game ending at move 25???????
Jun-17-11  LIFE Master AJ: 44.Ne4 Nd2+!; 45.Nxd2 Kxd2; 46.Bxf7 Rc1#.
Jul-03-11  crazyedmen: 14 a3 and 15 Kc1 are terrible moves!
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  wordfunph: "My game against Rasmussen from the Arctic Chess Challenge in 2009 is one of the most memorable."

- GM Ray Robson (when asked for his best game)

Source: New In Chess Magazine 2012 #4

Aug-18-14  Ke2: Wow awesome ideas!!!
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  Bubo bubo: <Sho: How does one count points after 27. Bxc8?

White +2, even, or Black +3?>

After 29...a5, when the white rook and king are emtombed for good, I would even propose something like Black +6, as he is up a pawn (+1), the exchange (+1,5), and a mobile, fighting king (say +3,5).

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  offramp: Dump of the Stig.
Sep-03-15  leow: Maybe 19 e4 to try to get to d5 with a piece to block the d-line is better
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  kevin86: White's position is in a half-nelson. He is in zugzwang. OUCH!
Sep-03-15  scholes: Besides the rook, White night is also trapped.
Sep-03-15  goodevans: <offramp: Dump of the Stig>

Now THAT pun would've gotten my vote!

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  thegoodanarchist: On move 44 Black can apply the classic "Offramp Mate"
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  HeMateMe: can someone please explain the pun? Where does "Crypt" figure in this game?
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  Sally Simpson: Hi HeMateMe

For a majority of the game the White Rook has been entombed in a crypt.

Play through the game it's quite unique. The White Rook cannot get into the game.

The King march up the board a piece down is a wonderful piece of chess.

Sep-03-15  tivrfoa: amazing game.
Sep-03-15  The Kings Domain: Nice game. Black made white look like a patzer. White put up a good fight but considering how he messed up his queenside it was just a matter of time.
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  HeMateMe: wow! that is getting strangled.
Sep-03-15  ajile: This was just brutal. There should be laws enacted to prevent these types of massacres.
Jan-11-18  zebekias: White could draw with 39. Ra1 by threatening to get the rook out of the jail, thus forcing the 40. .. Nc2. Here is the idea: 39. Ra1 39. Ke1 40. Ra3 Nc2 41. f6 gxf6 42. gxf6 Nxa3 43. bxa3 Rd2 44. Bxc4 Rc2+ 45. Kb1 Rxc3 46. Bxf7 Rf3 47. Kb2 Kd2 48. Bxb3 Rxf6. and this position is a draw.
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  OBIT: <zebekias>Where does the White rook go once he gets to a3? Black's powerful knight is much better than that impotent rook, so don't trade knight for rook. After 39. Ra1, play as in the game: 39...Ke1 followed by ...Rd2, ...Rc2, and then either ...Kd2 or ...Nf1, depending on White's setup. Checkmate is forthcoming.
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