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|Ray and Darmen Tie; Ray Wins Armageddon|
|By Jennifer Shahade|
|September 15, 2008|
13-year-old IM Ray Robson and GM Darmen Sadvakasov tied for first in the Miami Open, with 7/9 each. (Scroll down past photos for complete final crosstable.) Ray was leading throughout but lost to the Kazakh GM in the final
round. According to Tournament director Franc Guadalupe, Ray went on to defeat Darmen in the Armageddon. Ray got the White pieces and seven minutes vs. Black's five minutes and draw odds and Ray won on time.|
Marc Esserman also turned in a fantastic result. He tied for 3rd-9th with 6.5/9 and his result included victories over GMs Mikhalevski and Ehlvest. This fantastic result scored Marc his second IM norm! Unfortunately, Ray and Marc both seem to be ineligible for GM norms due to not enough GM opponents. Reiner Gonzalez and Josh Friedel are still GM-elects so they do not count yet. If CLO hears otherwise from FIDE, we will let you know immediately.
Before checking out the Robson victory below over IM Reiner Gonzalez, can you find Ray's move in this position?
Photos from Miami courtesy Franc Guadalupe
Miami Open Final Standings