Ray Robson Wins Miami Open

Congratulations to13 Year-Old Ray Robson on placing first at the 2008 Miami Chess Open. After nine scheduled rounds, Ray ended in a tie for first with GM Darmen Sadvakasov. Ray defeated Darmen in an Armageddon game to capture first place. Below is the final cross-table as well as a beautiful game to put his achievement in perspective.

[Event “Miami Open 2008”]
[Date “????.??.??”]
[White “IM Ray Robson”]
[Black “IM Renier Gonzales”]
[Result “1-0”]
[PlyCount “49”]
[WhiteElo “2467”]
[BlackElo “2549”]

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 c6 6. Bc4 Bf5 7. Bd2 e6 8. Nd5 Qd8 9. Nxf6+ Qxf6 10. Qe2 Nd7 11. O-O-O Nb6 12. Bg5 Qg6 13. d5 Nxc4 14. Qxc4 exd5 15. Rhe1+ Be6 16. Rxd5 Be7 17. Bxe7 cxd5 18. Qb4 Rc8 19. Nd4 Qh6+ 20. Kb1 a5 21. Qxb7 Qd2 22. Bb4 $3 axb4 23. Qxc8+ Ke7 24. Qc7+ Ke8 25. Nf3

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Tot Prize
1 GM Darmen Sadvakasov 2629 L23 W57 W28 W10 D13 D20 W21 W11 W2 7.0 3750.00
2 IM Ray S Robson 2467 W51 W18 W19 W11 W6 D7 W10 D3 L1 7.0 3750.00
3 GM Victor Mikhalevski 2680 W15 D12 W16 D9 L7 W23 W29 D2 W11 6.5 850.00
4 GM Julio J Becerra 2642 W48 D13 W12 D22 D9 D11 W32 W20 D6 6.5 850.00
5 IM Davorin Kuljasevic 2528 W35 W55 L10 L23 W37 W48 D13 W12 W14 6.5 850.00
6 IM Salvijus Bercys 2454 W52 D29 W17 W32 L2 W36 D20 W18 D4 6.5 850.00
7 Marc R Esserman 2350 W53 D32 W21 W27 W3 D2 L11 D10 W20 6.5 850.00
8 IM Jacek Stopa 2507 W39 L16 D37 W42 W14 D13 D27 D9 W22 6.0 325.00
9 IM Andrei Co Florean 2471 W54 D27 W26 D3 D4 L10 W19 D8 W24 6.0 325.00
10 IM Renier Gonzalez 2549 W57 W23 W5 L1 D22 W9 L2 D7 D13 5.5 108.33
11 IM John Bartholomew 2501 W34 W45 W20 L2 W23 D4 W7 L1 L3 5.5 108.33
12 IM Vinay S Bhat 2481 W50 D3 L4 D37 W39 D26 W17 L5 W32 5.5 108.33
13 IM Dean J Ippolito 2471 W43 D4 D27 W39 D1 D8 D5 D26 D10 5.5 108.33
14 IM David Pruess 2464 L45 W24 D38 W58 L8 W25 W23 W27 L5 5.5 108.33
15 FM Keaton Kiewra 2331 L3 W50 W45 W18 L20 L27 D39 W44 W31 5.5 108.33
16 Eric Rodriguez 2249 W61 W8 L3 L20 L18 W43 D44 W35 W29 5.5 1500.00
17 GM Alexander Ivanov 2625 W41 D22 L6 W59 L36 W42 L12 D31 W33 5.0  
18 IM Joshua Ed Friedel 2581 W49 L2 W33 L15 W16 W50 W22 L6 U— 5.0  
19 IM Irina Krush 2516 W37 W47 L2 D48 L21 W45 L9 D39 W40 5.0  
20 IM Dionisio Aldama 2495 W24 W33 L11 W16 W15 D1 D6 L4 L7 5.0  
21 IM Justin Sarkar 2487 D40 W59 L7 W38 W19 D22 L1 L24 W39 5.0  
22 FM Marcel Martinez 2469 W44 D17 W29 D4 D10 D21 L18 X36 L8 5.0  
23 FM Kazim Gulamali 2399 W1 L10 W36 W5 L11 L3 L14 W43 W38 5.0  
24 Ernesto Alvarez 2143 L20 L14 W53 W30 L29 W37 W48 W21 L9 5.0 550.00
25 Ryan Joseph Moon 2073 L36 B— D35 D28 D47 L14 W42 W41 H— 5.0 550.00
26 GM Alexander Shabalov 2657 D59 W40 L9 D31 W56 D12 D36 D13 U— 4.5  
27 GM Jaan Ehlvest 2637 W31 D9 D13 L7 W41 W15 D8 L14 U— 4.5  
28 IM Marko Zivanic 2552 W56 D36 L1 D25 L49 W58 D33 D38 D30 4.5  
29 GM Gildardo J Garcia 2517 W42 D6 L22 D41 W24 X31 L3 D32 L16 4.5  
30 Tautvydas Vedrickas 2347 D60 L58 D40 L24 L43 W53 W55 W50 D28 4.5  
31 Patrick Scharrer 2291 L27 D51 W44 D26 W57 F29 W49 D17 L15 4.5  
32 Victor Kaminski 2291 W38 D7 W58 L6 D48 W49 L4 D29 L12 4.5  
33 Artem Edm Ruppert 2217 B— L20 L18 L50 W40 W57 D28 W34 L17 4.5  
34 Troy Daly 2148 L11 H— L59 H— W60 D41 W52 L33 W44 4.5  
35 Gregory J Kimmel 2143 L5 W56 D25 L36 L44 W46 W45 L16 W42 4.5  
36 IM Drasko Boskovic 2504 W25 D28 L23 W35 W17 L6 D26 F22 U— 4.0  
37 Karel Gonzalez 2179 L19 W46 D8 D12 L5 L24 L43 W58 W52 4.0  
38 Sylvain Leburgue 2168 L32 W53 D14 L21 L45 W54 W51 D28 L23 4.0  
39 Brian Goldstein 2152 L8 X61 W47 L13 L12 W56 D15 D19 L21 4.0  
40 Matan Prilleltensky 2116 D21 L26 D30 L47 L33 B— W56 W48 L19 4.0  
41 Evan S Rosenberg 2229 L17 D44 W51 D29 L27 D34 W50 L25 U— 3.5  
42 FM Renard W Anderson 2200 L29 D52 W54 L8 W51 L17 L25 W45 L35 3.5  
43 Juan Camilo Arango 2091 L13 L48 B— L51 W30 L16 W37 L23 D46 3.5  
44 Alexander Velikanov 2024 L22 D41 L31 W54 W35 D47 D16 L15 L34 3.5  
45 Robert M Perez 1959 W14 L11 L15 H— W38 L19 L35 L42 W55 3.5  
46 Alonso USCF Jaramillo unr. L47 L37 L50 D53 W55 L35 W58 D51 D43 3.5  
47 IM Daniel Fernandez 2446 W46 L19 L39 W40 D25 D44 U— U— U— 3.0  
48 Corey Acor 2297 L4 W43 W60 D19 D32 L5 L24 L40 U— 3.0  
49 Andres Santalla 2224 L18 D54 D52 W60 W28 L32 L31 U— U— 3.0  
50 Christopher Heung 2092 L12 L15 W46 W33 W59 L18 L41 L30 U— 3.0  
51 Misael D Mestres 2049 L2 D31 L41 W43 L42 W59 L38 D46 U— 3.0  
52 Humberto Cruz 1820 L6 D42 D49 H— D58 H— L34 H— L37 3.0  
53 Emilio Gustavo Hernandez unr. L7 L38 L24 D46 H— L30 H— D55 B— 3.0  
54 Hans M Morrow 1900 L9 D49 L42 L44 B— L38 X60 U— U— 2.5  
55 Juan E Dominguez 1751 B— L5 L56 L57 L46 W60 L30 D53 L45 2.5  
56 Rodelay Medina 2259 L28 L35 W55 B— L26 L39 L40 U— U— 2.0  
57 Jose Cabrera 2144 L10 L1 B— W55 L31 L33 U— U— U— 2.0  
58 Leonardo Campiz 2065 H— W30 L32 L14 D52 L28 L46 L37 U— 2.0  
59 FM Charles A Galofre 2323 D26 L21 W34 L17 L50 L51 U— U— U— 1.5  
60 Jose Antonio Carrillo unr. D30 H— L48 L49 L34 L55 F54 U— U— 1.0  
61 Rainer Selva unr. L16 F39 U— U— U— U— U— U— U— 0.0  

Published by chessmusings

Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Chris Torres served as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy from 2005-2020 and currently is recognized as a correspondence chess master with the United States Chess Federation. Since 1998 Chris Torres has taught 6 individual national champions as well as led multiple school teams to win national championship titles. In addition, Chris Torres has directed and taught at 10 different schools which have been California State Champions at chess. In 2011 and 2012, several former and current students of Chris Torres have been selected to represent the United States at the World Youth Chess Championships. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: