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Li Chao vs Ray Robson
Corus Group C (2010), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 9, Jan-26
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack (B77)  ·  1-0



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Jan-26-10  ounos: No comments, of course.
Jan-26-10  mysql: was robson in time trouble in this?
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  whiteshark: Chao Chao said: <Go into emptiness, strike voids, bypass what he defends, hit him where he does not expect you.>
Jan-26-10  goatpaths: <was robson in time trouble in this?>

According to the clocks on the website, Robson was playing on the increment for the last several moves.

Jan-26-10  zanshin: Tough loss for Ray. <33...Kg8> and he might survive.
Jan-26-10  Aspirador: I guess he saw 33...Kg8 34.Rxd6! and then panicked into 33...Qf5?? Maybe he didn't see that after 34.Rxd6! Rf1+ is still playable.
Jan-26-10  shintaro go: Great job Li Chao! The Sicilian Dragon is a tough opening to choose for someone as young as Robson. This game might shake the young man's confidence a bit, not to mention the guy who just beat him is now in the lead.
Jan-26-10  JonathanJ: <Aspirador> after 34.Rxd6! black can simply force exchange down to roook+3p vs. rook+3p which would probably be drawn.
Jan-27-10  pulsar: I bet on Li Chao to win Corus C and with this win over the erstwhile leader, he might do just that.

As I see it though, the fight was one-sided, with Black being pressed all the time.

Jan-27-10  Ladolcevita: congrats to Lichao!
And Robson is surely very talented,he could have found the safe move normally///
Jan-27-10  pulsar: <Ladolcevita> Indeed, Robson would have not been mated like that were it not for time trouble. Still Li Chao pushed him to that time trouble. :)
Jan-27-10  Ladolcevita: <pulsar>
Yes,you can say that again:)
Anyway,I support both of them here!~~
Jan-27-10  pulsar: <Ladolcevita> I'm fond of both players, too (although my chessbucks are with Li Chao). Good to see them up the standings table. :)
Jan-27-10  Ladolcevita: <pulsar>
me too:)
Jan-27-10  nezhmet: The opening was fairly random and computer-looking. I am wondering how much of it was on the players' computers beforehand.
Jan-27-10  Eyal: <The opening was fairly random and computer-looking. I am wondering how much of it was on the players' computers beforehand.>

It's a main line of the Dragon and neither of the players was very well-prepared, because Robson's 17...Nf6?? was already a bad blunder which should have cost him the game immediately after 18.Nxf6+ exf6 (or Bxf6 19.Bxf6 exf6 20.Qh6 and mate) 19.Bh6.

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