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Ray Robson
Number of games in database: 453
Years covered: 2004 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2656 (2624 rapid, 2619 blitz)
Overall record: +191 -105 =149 (59.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      8 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (99) 
    B42 B32 B33 B30 B96
 Ruy Lopez (41) 
    C67 C96 C95 C78 C97
 French Defense (33) 
    C11 C18 C10 C16 C12
 Sicilian Najdorf (25) 
    B96 B90 B92 B94 B97
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (18) 
    C96 C95 C97 C84 C87
 French (17) 
    C11 C10 C12
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (83) 
    B52 B83 B76 B81 B80
 Sicilian Scheveningen (26) 
    B83 B81 B80 B82
 Semi-Slav (25) 
    D44 D45 D43 D47
 Grunfeld (19) 
    D85 D70 D90 D80 D72
 English (16) 
    A13 A16 A15
 Sicilian Dragon (14) 
    B76 B77 B78 B72
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Robson vs B Finegold, 2011 1-0
   A Rasmussen vs Robson, 2009 0-1
   Akobian vs Robson, 2009 0-1
   Robson vs M Arnold, 2013 1-0
   K Priyadharshan vs Robson, 2011 0-1
   Robson vs B Bok, 2010 1-0
   Robson vs Le Quang Liem, 2012 1-0
   Robson vs E Perelshteyn, 2010 1-0
   Robson vs A Ivanov, 2011 1-0
   Robson vs R Prasanna, 2004 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Pan-American Junior Championship (2009)
   Millionaire Chess (2014)
   Arctic Chess Challenge (2009)
   USA Junior Championship (2010)
   Corus (C Group) (2010)
   World Junior Championships (2011)
   Foxwoods Open (2009)
   41st Annual World Open (2013)
   Foxwoods Open (2007)
   48th World Junior Championship (2009)
   38th World Open (2010)
   US Chess Championships (2013)
   US Championship (2009)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2012 Spice fall swiss by gauer
   2004 WYCC (open) U-10 by gauer
   2006 WYCC (open) U-12 by gauer
   2005 WYCC (open) U-12 by gauer
   2014 Spice Cup open by gauer
   2006 North American open by gauer
   2011 Saint Louis invitational by gauer

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(born Oct-25-1994, 20 years old) United States of America

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FM (2005); US National Master (2006); IM (2008); GM (2009).


GM Ray Robson was born in Guam, with he and his parents moving to Largo in Florida, USA shortly afterwards. He learned chess from his father at age 3 and at the age of 14 years 11 months and 16 days became the youngest US American to gain the GM title - 4 days ahead of Fabiano Caruana. He won a chess scholarship to the University of Texas at Dallas but in 2012 chose to attend Webster University and its SPICE program run by Zsuzsa Polgar instead.


<Age – National and Continental> He won his FM title in June 2005 after tying for first place (runner-up on tiebreak) at the Pan American Youth Chess Championship in Brazil. He won both the U.S. Junior Chess Championship 2009 and the Pan-American Junior Championship (2009). In 2010, Robson placed second behind Samuel Shankland on tiebreak in the USA Junior Championship (2010).

<Age – World> Robson’s second ever FIDE rated event after his entry into that arena in the US Open (2004) was the World U10 championship of 2004. He came=7th at the World U12 in 2006 and scored 7.5/13 at the 48th World Junior Championship (2009).

<State and National> He played in the US Championships (2007), making him the youngest player to ever participate in that event. He also played in the 2009, 2010 and 2011, 2013 and 2014 US Championships. He tied for first place in the 2008 Florida championship

<World>. Robson played in the World Cup (2009), losing in the first round to Georgian GM Baadur Jobava. At the World Cup (2011), he met French super-GM Etienne Bacrot. In a fiercely fought contest, he drew the two-game classical match, forcing the tiebreaker where he came from behind in the 25 minute rapid game match to level their contest 2-2. However, the Frenchman proved too good for him in the 10 minute rapid tiebreaker, and he lost both games and exited the tournament. He qualified to play in the World Cup (2013) and in a shock result, defeated Ukrainian GM Andrei Volokitin by 2-0 in the first round. However, he lost to Ukrainian veteran GM Vassily Ivanchuk in the second round and exited the contest.

Standard Tournaments

In December 2006, Robson placed =2nd at the North American Open held in Las Vegas behind Alexander Shabalov, defeating GM Melikset Khachiyan. He captured his first IM norm in November 2007 by taking clear first place in the 6th North American FIDE Invitational tournament in Chicago, Illinois, scoring 7/9. He scored his second and third norms just weeks later at the World Junior Championship (2007) in Antalya, Turkey, and at the Dallas GM Invitational in Texas, becoming the youngest IM in the USA early in 2008 when his FIDE rating finally reached 2400. In August of 2009, Robson tied for first at the Arctic Chess Challenge (2009) played in Tromsø, Norway, winning his first GM norm. Later in August, he gained his second GM norm by winning the 23rd North American FIDE Invitational in Skokie, Illinois. In October 2009, he won the Pan-American Junior Championship (2009) with one round to spare, earning his third and final GM norm to acquire the title a couple of weeks before his fifteenth birthday (his rating having already reached 2500), thereby becoming the USA's youngest Grandmaster.

Other good results were:

- =1st at the Annual Eastern Open in Washington DC in December 2008 alongside Sergey Kudrin, Alex Yermolinsky and Daniel Ludwig

- =1st at the Philadelphia Open 2010 alongside Alexander Stripunsky and Gata Kamsky

- =2nd at the 2011 St Louis Invitational

- He scored 4.5/9 at the Aeroflot Open (2012) (+3 -3 =3; TPR 2634).

- =2nd at the World Open (2012) in August 2012, half a point behind Shabalov

- 1st at the 2012 SPICE fall Swiss

- =1st at the 2013 Chicago Open with Joshua E Friedel scoring 7/9

- =1st with Wesley So with 6/7 in the preliminary 7 rounds of the Millionaire Chess (2014), conceding the final tiebreaker 0.5-1.5 to So to take 2nd prize in the event and

- =2nd at the 2014 SPICE Cup Open with 6.5/9, half a point behind the winner Illya Nyzhnyk.

Team events

Robson played 2 games as 2nd reserve for the USA in the World Team Championship (2010), assisting his team to a team silver. He played reserve for the USA in the Chess Olympiad (2012). He won individual silver for board 3 playing for the USA in the 9th Pan American Team Championship 2013, helping his team win the gold medal. He played for Webster University which placed =1st at the 2012 Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Championship, and also played with the Webster team that won the 2013 Final 4 of College Chess in April 2013. He also played board 4 for the USA in the FIDE World Team Championship (2013), helping his team to 4th place. He made a perfect score of 5/5 to help his team, Webster University, to first place in the Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Championship in December 2013. He repeated that effort in 2014, his personal result being sufficient to elevate him to the world's top 100.


He played and won the Finegold - Robson Match (2011) by 4-2 (+2 =4) in May 2011.

Rankings and Ratings

As of 1 February 2015, Robson’s standard rating is 2656, his highest rating to date, and world #97, his initial entry to the top 100. His rapid rating is 2624 and his blitz rating is 2619. He is ranked #6 in the USA.


Wikipedia article: Ray Robson

Latest update 5 Feb 2015

 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 453  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Robson vs R Song  0-160 2004 Wch U10C18 French, Winawer
2. P Chen vs Robson 1-030 2004 Wch U10B82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
3. D Freeman vs Robson 0-129 2004 US OpenD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Robson vs R Prasanna 1-026 2004 Wch U10B78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
5. R Aghasaryan vs Robson  ½-½39 2004 Wch U10D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Robson vs I Beradze  1-034 2004 Wch U10B12 Caro-Kann Defense
7. Robson vs Yifan Hou 0-137 2004 Wch U10B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
8. Robson vs K Eranyan  1-047 2004 Wch U10C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
9. Prince Mark Aquino vs Robson 0-140 2004 Wch U10B83 Sicilian
10. T Tomaz vs Robson  ½-½50 2005 PAN u12bA13 English
11. R Salazar vs Robson 0-156 2005 PAN u12bB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
12. Robson vs D Swiercz  1-040 2005 Wch U12B42 Sicilian, Kan
13. L Milman vs Robson 1-034 2005 HB Global Chess ChallengeB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
14. Robson vs S Navarro 1-030 2005 PAN u12bB33 Sicilian
15. Robson vs S Iermito  ½-½35 2005 PAN u12bC41 Philidor Defense
16. Robson vs Z Strzemiecki  ½-½42 2005 Wch U12C11 French
17. I Saeed vs Robson  0-153 2005 Wch U12D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. Robson vs W So ½-½47 2005 Belfort YWCC boys under 12B33 Sicilian
19. M Bambino vs Robson  0-144 2005 PAN u12bA13 English
20. J A Guevara Perez vs Robson  0-167 2005 Wch U12B50 Sicilian
21. Robson vs J Vasconez  1-042 2005 PAN u12bC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
22. Robson vs Negi ½-½105 2005 Belfort YWCC boys under 12B42 Sicilian, Kan
23. Robson vs Jose Dias  1-049 2005 PAN u12bC60 Ruy Lopez
24. Robson vs Pablo Vargas 1-061 2005 PAN u12bC18 French, Winawer
25. Robson vs S Narayanan  ½-½37 2005 Wch U12B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 453  PGN Download
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Oct-16-14  Conrad93: <<Conrad93> <I love playing cocky chess player in blitz and then crushing their ego. One of the joys of chess. Perfidious and me should meet up. I can teach him how the pieces move and maybe teach him some manners.> <Conrad> Is that before or after you yourself learn all the rules first?

Check out your post on the Geller - Fischer 1970 game about the en passant rule.

In case you've forgotten, a reminder :
<Conrad93> <Wyatt, I have checked the rules, and I still see no reason why he can't take en passant.>

Yep, I learned the rules and became a super GM.

Now I soend my time teaching you younglings how the game works.

Consider it charity.

Oct-16-14  SugarDom: Yeah, i remember how many people tried to teach the en passant rule to <conrad93> and he still couldn't get it.
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  perfidious: Anyone care to make a friendly wager on when, or whether, <donkrad> will ever learn about the good old ep rule?
Oct-17-14  zanzibar: I wonder idly, as I sometimes do, exactly how many rating points a GM would lose if they "forgot" the e.p. rule?

How about if they never learned how to mate K+B+N vs K?

Or K+Q vs K+R?

Idle thoughts I admit. Luckily they are yet to be outlawed. Someday soon, maybe.

Oct-17-14  zanzibar: Speaking of en passant, Bent Larsen had a comment on the subject...

From a letter he sent to Edward Winter 16-11-96:

<You probably remember Blackburnes taking a whiskey in Manchester. I met an eye-witness in Teesside 1972. I can still remember the colour of his overcoat, but I stop here.>

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  OhioChessFan: <zanzy: I wonder idly, as I sometimes do, exactly how many rating points a GM would lose if they "forgot" the e.p. rule? >

They probably would lose a game because of it, and then be forced to relearn it, so maybe 10 points. If "never" means "never", they'd end up getting crushed and lose hundreds.

<How about if they never learned how to mate K+B+N vs K?>

Never happen, so 0 points. Although A Ushenina vs O Girya, 2013 was clearly an embarrassment for a Women's WC.

<Or K+Q vs K+R?>

0 points since the opponent in a rated game would resign before discovering they lacked this talent. It would be a huge embarrassment when it inevitably happened in a simul where some kid or AJ didn't know it was good manners to resign such a position.

<Idle thoughts I admit. Luckily they are yet to be outlawed. Someday soon, maybe.>

Idle is okay so long as it's interesting.

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  Ke2: So is Conrad93 Wesley So? Wesley was rated 2755 before the Millionaire and was born in 93. The real question is, can Wesley So do en passant?
Oct-25-14  joeyj: Happy Birthday GM Ray !!!
Nov-07-14  Conrad93: Just beat an NM (2300) in a simul.

No need for the en passant rule I guess.

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  perfidious: <donkrad: Just beat an NM (2300) in a simul.>

Not terribly impressive for a player purporting to be a strong GM.

<No need for the en passant rule I guess.>

This time, perhaps....

Nov-07-14  torrefan: Simul wins should not be advertised unless they were against GMs.
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  perfidious: Most especially when the player in question claims to be far stronger.....lmao
Nov-07-14  Conrad93: I only said I was a GM jokingly.

Don't take everything you see on the internet so seriously.

Nov-07-14  Conrad93: < So is Conrad93 Wesley So? Wesley was rated 2755 before the Millionaire and was born in 93. The real question is, can Wesley So do en passant?>

Wesley So is also a child prodigy and has had some of the best chess teachers on the planet.

I'm not taking any credit away from him, but when you are raised from an early age to play chess, you tend to exceed expectations.

Nov-07-14  Conrad93: Is there any GM or IM who only started taking chess seriously in their teens or twenties?
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  MissScarlett: Pillsbury, Rubinstein and Stein come to mind.
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  Shams: <Conrad93> The best recent example is the British lunchpail guy Jonathan Hawkins, who chronicled his progress in the very good book "Amateur to IM". It's only been out for a couple years but already needs a Second Edition, as Hawkins has recently made Grandmaster.
Nov-07-14  Conrad93: Pillsbury was already a world-class player by the time he reached his twenties, so I doubt he started in his teens.

Nothing indicates that Stein was a late bloomer. He simply got his IM title later than usual.

The only actual example is Rubinstein.

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  Shams: Well, per his biography Pillsbury learned the game at 16. But if you have an inkling that might not be true you should go to the Biographer's Bistro and share your findings. I'm sure they'd be very keen to discuss it with you.
Nov-07-14  Conrad93: Okay, I was wrong about Pillsbury. Never mind. I didn't expect him to develop so quickly.
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  MissScarlett: Wouldn't it be quicker to list the things you've been right about?
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  perfidious: <donkrad: Don't take everything you see on the internet so seriously.>

It is impossible to take any pretensions you have to knowledge seriously.

Nov-07-14  Conrad93: Impossible? Yep, exactly. This is true for everybody, though.

Certainty of knowledge is one of the main issues in epistemology.

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  Fusilli: It'd be appropriate to have a more recent picture of RR up there, no? He's now 20.
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