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Lev Milman vs Ray Robson
HB Global Chess Challenge (2005), Minneapolis, MN USA, rd 5, May-20
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Keres Attack (B81)  ·  1-0


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Jun-19-05  ConspTheory06: Beautiful game by Milman showing minor piece superiority over a rook. In the final position blacks king is just surrounded by white pieces!
Aug-18-05  midknightblue: Milman is awesome. I think he will be a GM within a year.
Jul-19-06  Knight13: Come on, Ray Robson was only 10 years old when he played this game, and White was even 400 points higher rated.
Aug-25-09  birthtimes: Instructive early opening mistakes for young Robson. He quickly gets cramped and underdeveloped (six out of his first ten moves were pawn moves, while his opponent only made three pawn moves out of his first ten moves!), and he also refused to exchange pieces, which would have helped eased his game.

He would have been better off playing: 8...e5; 9...Nxd4; 10...Bd7; 11...Nd7; 13...Nd7; 15...Bxd4; 18...Kg8; 23...Bxh2; 26...Ned7 or...Bb4; 30...Kg8; 31...Rc8. Instructive reasons as to why he didn't make these moves...

Aug-25-09  euripides: <birth> I don't think the problem is too many early pawn moves. Black has played 7...e5 and 7...a6 here quite successfully, and often followed up with h5 or g5 at some stage:

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Aug-25-09  birthtimes: Yes, I agree, the key is Black didn't play 8...e5 or 9...Nxd4 here which would have helped him immensely, but just look at this game after the first 11 moves and tell me which side you would prefer to appears that one side chose to develop his pieces, while another side chose to develop his pawns...but Robson, to his credit, did play ...e5 in later games.

He was still under 11 years of age at the time of this game, and it is a perfect illustration of getting a cramped Sicilian position if one just uncritically moves 4 pawns onto their third rank while the opponent is simultaneously moving 3 pawns onto his fourth rank. But I don't believe Robson ever put himself back into this position again!

Aug-25-09  euripides: <birth> well actually I would be much more likely to have Black's position after White's 11th move as I play this sort of thing as Black. One gets used to a slightly cramped position. I agree with your suggestion of 11...Nd7 as I don't think Black should allow g6 if he can avoid it.
Aug-25-09  birthtimes: Lasker's words were also ringing in my ears..."Avoid the moves of Pawns in the Opening as far as possible...If one was worsted in the Opening, one could almost invariably point to a Pawn move as the original offence.

The reason is that time is valuable in Chess as it is everywhere else. There are Pawn moves that are effective, for instance, such as lay hold on important points [e5] on the board or remove an obstruction; but there are very many Pawn moves that really are not effective.

Distrust a pawn move, examine carefully its balance sheet: this was the sentiment of the masters...and, with slight modifications, this sentiment is still very strong and likely to last unchanged."

Lasker's Manual of Chess, 1960, pp. 41-42.

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