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Julio Becerra Rivero vs Ray Robson
US Championship (2009), St. Louis, MO USA, rd 1, May-08
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Keres Attack (B81)  ·  1-0



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May-18-09  YouRang: Ah yes, the old "grab a piece and set up a knight fork decoy".

Fun to see, and even more fun to play. :-)

May-18-09  Kasputin: I have a feeling that black resigned immediately upon seeing 34. Qxc7+
May-18-09  Chris1Clark: Too easy really. 33....Qf6 was just horrible and couldn't see what he was at with that. Shame to see IM's fall foul of a bit of wood pushing but hey just shows we are all human which makes it the game it is.
May-18-09  lightbishop c5e6: Saw it as soon as I saw the position:
34. Qxc7! wins a Knight since 34... Kxc7? is met by 35. Nd5+ K.. 36. Nxf6
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  fm avari viraf: Oh, Robson that fork trick u missed.
May-18-09  MaxxLange: <33....Qf6 was just horrible and couldn't see what he was at with that.

Probably he played to threaten ...Qf1

May-18-09  Kwesi: Aww - got it instantly, but only because I had played through the game when it was first uploaded.

I would take this opportunity to say "first!", but i'm not prepared to have to face up to the mass of angry groans propagating from through your computer screens...

I like how Robson handled the opening against the sharp Keres attack, and he could have completely neutralised white's advantage were it not for that uncharacteristic moment of metaphorical blindness at the last.

May-18-09  Samagonka: To be honest, the puzzle was hard for me, but today being a Monday, the queen sac was the only appealing move, so I played it out of a blank mind and not out of determination.
May-18-09  SuperPatzer77: <lightbishop c5e6: Saw it as soon as I saw the position: 34. Qxc7! wins a Knight since 34... Kxc7? is met by 35. Nd5+ K.. 36. Nxf6>

34...Kxc7 is not a bad move (?) because 34...Ka8 35. Qc8# or 34...Ka6, 36. Qc8+ (forcing checkmate) Ka5, 37. Rd5+ b5 (37...Kb4 38. Rb5# or 38. Na2#), 38. Rxb5#

To avoid getting mated, Black has to capture the White Queen at c7 but loses to 35. Nd5+ (fork check to regain the Black Queen and earn the material advantage).



May-18-09  wals: CANDIDATE MOVES;
Checks: Qc6+, Qd5+. Qa6+, Qxc7+.
CAPTURES: Qxf7, Rxd6, Qxc7.
Brain slowly grinds into gear as facts are assembled
and processed-

34.Qxc7+...Kxc7 35.Nd5+ forking Kc7 and Qe6.

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  beenthere240: 33. ...Rg6 (or Qg6) would have been a better ways to defend the d6 pawn but they're very passive.
May-18-09  WhiteRook48: I got it!! 34 Qxc7+ decoys the king to c7 leaving him prone for a knight fork on d5, leaving white a piece ahead
May-18-09  Big Easy: Not hard at all -- I got it very quickly today.
May-18-09  SamAtoms1980: If I were Ray Robson, I would be sick with myself for giving this up.
May-18-09  DarthStapler: Got it
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  johnlspouge: < <Patriot wrote>: [snip] But you point out a very important key to becoming a better analyst. And that is knowing when to STOP analysing! >

I knew I count on you, <Patriot> ;>)

I am now so adverse to the listing of superfluous variations on Monday and Tuesday that I do it only because it seems expected. Truly, such analysis gives me the same queasy feeling I had as a voracious teenager, after consuming three Big Macs for lunch during a chess tournament.

I lost all my afternoon games (but somehow, not the lunch :)

May-18-09  NakoSonorense: Hurrah, the first puzzle I try in months and I solved it in less than 3 secs! xD
May-18-09  Marmot PFL: Of course 33..Qf6? loses instantly, but the position may not be savable anyway. 32...Rg1 took the rook away from the defense and chased the white queen to a good attacking position. If 33...Qf8 34 Nd5 and white has a big edge whether or not black trades.
May-18-09  blacksburg: Robson played 33...Qf6? in serious time trouble. it happens.
May-18-09  AnalyzeThis: Must have been. Takes about 1 second to see 34. Qxc7+.
May-18-09  outplayer: Who can guess what is black's 33th move?
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  gawain: Funny how taking a short break can get one out of a rut and open up new possibilities for seeing.

I looked at this very easy position for about two minutes and saw nothing. Then I made some notes on another matter for about one minute. When I looked back at the puzzle I saw the Q capture and knight fork follow-up immediately.

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  gawain: This week's Lubomir Kavalek chess column at the Washington Post features Robson's win over Gulko in a "Battle of Generations"

Sad that the Post has taken Kavalek out of the paper(and made the column hard to find online) but at least he has all the space he needs for commentary now.

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  patzer2: White's Queen sham sacrifice 34. Qxc7+! sets up a winning Knight Fork and solves the Monday, May 19, 2009 puzzle.
Aug-08-09  Knight13: What's the fuzz about? Robson played well against his 2600 opposition.

What's so funny about this? You all would've lost in a worse style than this. Post your game against a 2600 and let us laugh at you.

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