The first-place finish and first IM norm of 13-year-old Ray Robson at the 6th North American FIDE Invitational in Chicago has led to widespread recognition of the youngster's Fischer-like talent. That recognition is well deserved. Robson played some great games, but none more impressive than his victory over closest tournament rival, IM David Vigorito, which I have annotated. This was probably Robson's most flawless performance in the event and an important contribution to opening theory--suggesting that Black has a bit more work ahead of him in this critical line of the Loewenthal Sicilian.
Those interested in finding out more about the tournament should check out the following articles (though there will likely be more news coverage in the coming week):
- The 6th North American FIDE Invitational concludes: Robson first, Vigorito second by Dennis Monokroussos
- 6th North American FIDE Invitational by Dennis Monokroussos
Analyzes some games, including Robson's fortunate victory over Muhammad.
- Todd Blogs from Chicago by Todd Andrews at USCF
Analyzes Andrews's early-round draw with tournament winner Robson.
- NACA FIDE tournament website
- Games at Monroi