USCF Home Chess Life Online 2009 February Play Like Ray in Moscow
|Play Like Ray in Moscow|
|By Jennifer Shahade|
|February 23, 2009|
In his article on scorching the Moscow Open, Alexander Onischuk opined that his 14-year-old student Ray Robson, may have needed more time to acclimate, as he had a tough start, but then won four in a row. Indeed, Robson has not slowed down, but continued his excellent run into the Aeroflot Open (February 16-27.) Robson stands with 3.5/6 and a 2650+ Performance rating and is in the hunt for his first GM norm in the final three rounds. The strength of the tournament can be appreciated by facts like famous GM Loek Van Wely's bye in round five. He started with .5/4 and was one of Ray's victims.
American GM Melikset Khachiyan is also shining in Moscow, with 5/6 and a 2700+ performance in the very strong "A2" section.
Round 7 Update: Ray Robson lost to GM Ildar Khairullin while Khachiyan drew on board one of the A2 section against IM Davit Petrosian.
A little over a year ago, CLO posted a story, Play Like Ray, when Ray earned his final IM norm in Texas. Here are some more Robson puzzles inspired by his Aeroflot triumphs:
In his round five game against GM Dmitry Bocharov (2647), Ray reached the above position. While his move does not win by force, it creates a wild chase that maximizes pressure on Black. What move did Ray play?
In the above position against GM Loek Van Wely, Ray Robson found a sequence to lead the game to an imbalanced endgame in Black's favor.
Check out the full games from which the puzzles above were pulled:
From the other American GMs in the A tournament, Jaan Ehlvest has 3.5/6, Onischuk has 3/6 and Varuzhan Akobian, Robson's latest victim, has 2.5.
In the "A2" tournament, IM Irina Krush has 3/6, GM Alexander Ivanov has 2.5. In the B section, Bayaraa Zorigt has 2/9.
Other breaking news from Aeroflot is top-seed Shakhriyar Mamedryrov's withdrawal from the tournament, due to suspicions that his opponent was cheating. Read more on chessbase.com.