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Robert Lee Hess
Number of games in database: 276
Years covered: 2001 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2569 (2622 rapid, 2610 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2635
Overall record: +100 -69 =98 (55.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      9 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (49) 
    B25 B23 B22 B52 B40
 French Defense (21) 
    C01 C11 C03 C19 C18
 Caro-Kann (16) 
    B18 B10 B11 B16 B13
 Ruy Lopez (15) 
    C69 C65 C77 C70 C85
 French (7) 
    C11 C12 C13
 Pirc (7) 
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (31) 
    C72 C75 C67 C71 C73
 Nimzo Indian (22) 
    E21 E20 E32 E42 E56
 Pirc (9) 
    B07 B08 B09
 English (7) 
    A17 A14 A15 A19 A13
 Bogo Indian (7) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    A46 A40 E00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   R Hess vs J Becerra Rivero, 2009 1-0
   R Hess vs E Romanov, 2011 1-0
   R Hess vs Tiviakov, 2011 1-0
   Kaidanov vs R Hess, 2012 0-1
   J Gunnarsson vs R Hess, 2012 0-1
   J Ragnarsson vs R Hess, 2012 0-1
   R Hess vs Negi, 2011 1-0
   R Hess vs Kaidanov, 2011 1-0
   J L Hammer vs R Hess, 2011 0-1
   R Hess vs D Naroditsky, 2011 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   US Championship (Group B) (2011)
   Foxwoods Open (2008)
   Groningen Chess Festival (2011)
   US Championship (2009)
   US Championship (2012)
   38th World Open (2010)
   US Championships (2010)
   Reykjavik Open (2012)
   Foxwoods Open (2007)
   Foxwoods Open (2009)
   World Open (2007)
   Berkeley International (2011)
   Zurich Chess Club 200th Anniversary (2009)
   World Open (2008)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)

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(born Dec-19-1991, 24 years old) United States of America

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Grandmaster Robert Hess won the 2006 U.S. Junior championship in chess at age 14, also winning his FM title in that year. An international master in 2007, he won his first GM norm at Foxwoods Open (2008), his second at the SPICE Spring Invitational, and was awarded his Grandmaster title after acquiring his 3rd GM norm at the Foxwoods Open (2009).

He tied for second with 6.5/9 at the US Championship (2009) with Alexander Onischuk behind winner Hikaru Nakamura, who was also the only player to whom he lost a game. In 2010, he came outright second at the Negroponte Open in Greece behind Suat Atalik. He represented the USA 2010 Olympiad team on the reserve board.

Hess was also a linebacker for Stuyvesant High School's junior varsity team in New York City.

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 276  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. F Roselli vs R Hess 0-120 2001 Guaymallen PanAM-chJ U10 AbsolutoC55 Two Knights Defense
2. R Hess vs J C Fernandez  0-162 2001 Fall FuturityB22 Sicilian, Alapin
3. R Hess vs R Maidana  1-080 2001 Guaymallen PanAM-chJ U10 AbsolutoB22 Sicilian, Alapin
4. B Johnson vs R Hess 1-041 2001 Fall FuturityC77 Ruy Lopez
5. R Hess vs E Cordova 0-169 2001 Guaymallen PanAM-chJ U10 AbsolutoB22 Sicilian, Alapin
6. R Hess vs T Teodorovicz  1-066 2001 Guaymallen PanAM-chJ U10 AbsolutoB22 Sicilian, Alapin
7. Caruana vs R Hess 1-031 2001 Guaymallen PanAM-chJ U10 AbsolutoC57 Two Knights
8. R Hess vs E Matthew  1-037 2001 Fall FuturityC28 Vienna Game
9. R Hess vs J Simon  ½-½77 2003 Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipB07 Pirc
10. R Hess vs Fedorowicz 0-139 2003 Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipB23 Sicilian, Closed
11. R Hess vs J Sena  1-044 2003 Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipC13 French
12. J Bonin vs R Hess  ½-½59 2003 Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
13. E Treger vs R Hess  1-029 2003 Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipB07 Pirc
14. R Hess vs D Shapiro  ½-½48 2003 Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
15. Stripunsky vs R Hess 1-045 2003 Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
16. J Langreck vs R Hess  1-032 2003 World OpenB07 Pirc
17. S Agaian vs R Hess  ½-½19 2003 Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
18. C Bean vs R Hess 0-128 2004 G30 Marshall C.CC45 Scotch Game
19. R Hess vs A Skripchenko  0-140 2004 101st New York MastersB40 Sicilian
20. Nakamura vs R Hess 1-043 2004 New York Masters 127thC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
21. Wojtkiewicz vs R Hess  1-040 2004 32nd World OpenA04 Reti Opening
22. J Stocek vs R Hess  1-042 2004 32nd World OpenC28 Vienna Game
23. R Gonzalez vs R Hess  ½-½76 2005 HB Global Chess ChallengeC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
24. R Hess vs M Matlakov  ½-½47 2005 BELFORT YWCC BU14B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
25. DeFirmian vs R Hess  1-053 2005 HB Global Chess ChallengeC67 Ruy Lopez
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Aug-12-11  dangerhump: He finished tied for 2nd with 8/10. Great tournament for Hess, considering there were over 20 GM's playing. Could be a bright future for this 19 year old if he keeps up this kind dedication and activity. I'll be rooting for him.
Aug-12-11  SimonWebbsTiger: @dangerhump

the problem (well, chesswise anyway) is Robert is set to start his freshman year at - I believe it is - Yale this fall. So he will be studying full time now. I haven't heard him talk at all about his intentions at the chessboard. He wasn't clear about this when he popped down to the press room at the recent US Chp. and talked with Jennifer Shahade.

Aug-27-11  laskersteinitz: Yes, Hess will be a freshman at Yale this fall. He was admitted last year but deferred entrance for a year because of the Samford scholarship. It's unclear whether he will take part in Yale's chess club and play for them at PanAms.
Aug-27-11  Strongest Force: Hess joins other NYC greats that have gone from NYC to Yale: Benjamin, Wilder, Litvinchuk, and Rohde. I once saw W and B at a Time Square movie watching The Mystery Of Chess Boxing.
Aug-27-11  Strongest Force: Wilder didn't live in NYC but he was in the Apple often because he could stay at his uncle's apartment.
Nov-30-11  feitang: Look what I found:

Very cool video about GM Hess

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  waustad: He's presently playing in Groningen. Here is a link to the live games:
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  Caissanist: Ah yes, nothing like traveling 4,000 miles so you could play Daniel Naroditsky, the only other American in your section, in the third round. Thanks, guys.
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  Knight13: What college does Hess attend?
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  heuristic: <knight13>
college=yale, major=finance
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  Shams: Great, another young talent going into Finance. Just what we need.
Dec-26-11  frogbert: it's probably more about what hess needs, i assume. ;o)
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  Knight13: <Shams> Well, what did you have in mind?
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  Knight13: <heuristic> Yale is a perfect place to study finance.
Jan-01-12  jsy: I believe Yale in fact does not have a finance major for undergrads. But it probably doesn't matter since "non-finance" majors are routinely hired into finance. Hess already has a highly valued GM "degree" in chess. Such a "degree" is highly valued by finance (and non-finance) employers (no kidding). Why else would promising American chess players just disappear in their late teens.
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  Knight13: <jsy> My mistake.

Now I'm beginning to wonder if he even goes to Yale.

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  Caissanist: Good result at Groningen, tying for first with Ukraninan GM Alexander Kovchan: .
Mar-11-12  nolanryan: strong player for the US. awesome for us to have someone this strong on the reserve board at the olympiad. If only Caruana would represent his home country....
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  keypusher: Here's to the POTD! I've liked him ever since I came across this game.

R Hess vs Y Shulman, 2009

Apr-15-12  BlackSheep: Robert Lee Hess , sounds like a Civil War Nazi .
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  waustad: Somebody posted on another site that he'd retired from chess, but he's playing in the US Chess League now:
Aug-01-14  Xeroxx: His games are also available at
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  waustad: Happy birthday. The games mentioned in the previous post are video games, not chess games. He plays only occasionally now, with his last FIDE rated games some blitz early this summer.
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  TheFocus: <The psychological aspect of chess may be my strongest point. You cannot think how a win will affect your tournament result. Only think about one game at a time, and not how a result will help or hurt you. It is okay to win, lose, or draw a game. It happens. You cannot get stuck on a single-game result> - Robert Hess.
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  TheFocus: If this man had a chess column, the title "Hess on Chess" suggests itself.
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