Daniel was really excited about the opportunity, and was quick to point out that Ray is “twice as good as I am”; when I asked “how come”, he explained that Ray’s rating is ~2620, and he is at 1310.
I had a unique opportunity also to meet Ray’s wonderful parents, and hear the story of raising Ray first-hand. Gary (Ray’s dad) published a book called Chess Child, which tells the story in more detail, and we got a copy signed by Ray.
Anyway, here’s Ray’s game with Daniel. In move 27, a critical position arose and Daniel could have made a better move. Can you find what it is?