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Daniel Freeman vs Ray Robson
US Open (2004), Ft. Lauderdale, FL USA, rd 9, Aug-15
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern Variation (D50)  ·  0-1


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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.
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  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.

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  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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