|Feb-19-14|| ||MarkFinan: This is alright from Mr Freeman actually. I don't know what he was thinking playing Nxd5? here though.
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Apart from that, he really went for it against a very good opponent. Never realised he'd played top GM's in a US Open before, just thought he was around my standard but with a very good education behind him. And I used to have a chess game called Mephisto on an old phone that always took that knight on g5 in this kinda opening! Every time without fail, lol 😃
|Feb-19-14|| ||torrefan: When this was played, Mr. Freeman, at 37, was at the height of his chess prowess while Robson, at 9 years old, was practically a chess baby who had just learned the game.|
|Jun-28-14|| ||Daniel Freeman: It was the final round, and Ray and I were tied at 4.5/8. At the time of the game, nobody outside of scholastic circles had heard of Ray Robson. |
Ray's father was standing behind him for most of the game.
Yes, 14.Nxd5? was an error, but it wasn't a mindless blunder. I became engrossed with the variation 14.Nxd5 Bxd5? 15.Ba6! winning the queen. However I also found that the intermezzo 14...Bxg5! seemed to refute my idea, although I had a vague feeling that it still might leave me with an attack.
At that point, I committed a cardinal sin of chess: I bluffed. I had fallen in love with my conception so much I decided to play it anyhow, hoping that my young opponent wouldn't be savvy enough to find the best defense. Bluffing is for poker, not chess.
Soon I realized that the attack I was hoping for after 14...Bxg5 was illusory, and suddenly the future GM seized the initiative and it was clear that I was doomed.
After tipping my king I shook Ray's hand and told his father that his son was very talented. I had no idea at the time what an understatement that was.
|Feb-13-16|| ||HeMateMe: what's Robson, about 2650 these days? A nightmare for any ordinary player at any tournament.|
Of course Mr. Freeman should know that you never let the h file get opened up in these positions.
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