Nov 22, 2009
Ray Robson is one of my favorite players. So I was disappointed to see him eliminated in the first round of the World Cup. He's a tactical whiz, but in this game once the tactics quiet down, he continually finds the second best moves while Jobava finds the best moves. Robson is slowly ground down. This game also presents a bit of the diehard Semi-Slav player's problem in getting to the Semi-Slav against 1.c4. One can play 1...c6 and be prepared for the Panov-Botvinnik variation of the Caro-Kann or play 1...e6 and face, among other things, the Marshall Gambit or Queens Gambit Exchange. The annotations are assisted by Rybka 3.