(1) Muhammad,Stephen (2384) - Robson,Ray (2368) [D47]
6th North American FIDE Invitational Chicago (2), 28.10.2007



1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.e3 Nf6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Be2 Bb7 9.e4 b4 10.e5 bxc3 11.exf6 Nxf6 12.bxc3 Bd6 13.0-0 0-0 14.Bg5 c5 15.Rb1 Qe7 16.Ne5 Rfd8 17.Bf3 Bxe5 18.Rxb7 Qe8 19.Qe2 Bd6 20.Bxf6 gxf6 21.Bh5 Rd7 22.Rxd7 Qxd7 23.Qg4+
White's clearly better, and after Black's next, he's winning.

23...Kf8
[23...Kh8 ]

24.Qe4
White picks up a very useful pawn, but it's not over yet.

24...Rb8 25.Qxh7 cxd4 26.cxd4 Rb7 27.h4 Qa4 28.Rc1 Qd7 29.g3 Rb8 30.d5 Be5 31.Re1 Rb2 32.Qh8+
[White's still winning after the queen check, but he missed an elegant way to finish the game immediately: 32.Rxe5! fxe5 33.d6!! ]

32...Ke7 33.Qg8 Qxd5 34.Qxf7+ Kd6 35.Qf8+
[35.Rc1 was best, keeping Black's king in the box and getting the rook into the attack with tempo - 36.Qc7# is the threat.]

35...Kc7 36.Rd1 Bd4
Now Black's pieces look rather menacing, and it's now anyone's game.

37.Rc1+ Kb6 38.Qb8+ Ka5 39.Qc7+ Ka6 40.Rc6+?
What could be more natural? Unfortunately for Muhammad, Black's slippery king survives this final attacking flurry, leaving his own monarch helpless against Robson's beautifully placed pieces. [40.Rf1! leaves White with some advantage.]

40...Bb6-+ 41.Qc8+ Kb5 42.a4+ Kb4 43.Qf8+ Kb3 44.Rxb6+ axb6 45.Bg6 Qf3
White's attack is over, he's behind in material, and worst of all, mate is inevitable. A close scrape for the youngster! 0-1