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Robert Lee Hess
Number of games in database: 327
Years covered: 2001 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2574 (2622 rapid, 2557 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2635

Overall record: +112 -78 =106 (55.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 31 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (48) 
    B25 B22 B23 B40 B52
 French Defense (23) 
    C11 C01 C03 C19 C12
 Caro-Kann (18) 
    B18 B10 B13 B16 B12
 Ruy Lopez (17) 
    C77 C69 C65 C70 C63
 French (9) 
    C11 C12 C13
 Nimzo Indian (7) 
    E32 E20
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (34) 
    C72 C75 C67 C69 C71
 Nimzo Indian (22) 
    E21 E20 E32 E42 E56
 Pirc (11) 
    B07 B09 B08
 English (11) 
    A19 A14 A15 A13 A17
 Sicilian (8) 
    B70 B32 B51 B90 B29
 Queen's Gambit Declined (7) 
    D37 D31 D30
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   R Hess vs Tiviakov, 2011 1-0
   R Hess vs Flavio Perez, 2007 1-0
   R Hess vs K Odeh, 2009 1-0
   R Hess vs J Becerra Rivero, 2009 1-0
   R Hess vs L B Hansen, 2007 1/2-1/2
   R Hess vs C Boor, 2006 1-0
   R Hess vs R Gonzalez, 2005 1-0
   R Hess vs E Romanov, 2011 1-0
   R Hess vs Negi, 2011 1-0
   J Ragnarsson vs R Hess, 2012 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Foxwoods Open (2008)
   US Championship (Group B) (2011)
   Groningen Chess Festival (2011)
   US Championship (2009)
   US Championship (2012)
   Reykjavik Open (2012)
   38th World Open (2010)
   US Championship (2010)
   Foxwoods Open (2007)
   Berkeley International (2011)
   Zurich Chess Club 200th Anniversary (2009)
   World Open (2008)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   Isle of Man Masters (2018)
   Isle of Man Grand Swiss (2019)

   🏆 Isle of Man Grand Swiss
   Sasikiran vs R Hess (Oct-21-19) 1-0
   R Hess vs Lenderman (Oct-20-19) 1-0
   S Shankland vs R Hess (Oct-19-19) 0-1
   R Hess vs T Nabaty (Oct-18-19) 0-1
   A Adly vs R Hess (Oct-17-19) 0-1

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(born Dec-19-1991, 27 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.

References / Sources

(1) (2017 podcast interview with Ben Johnson of Perpetual Chess)

Wikipedia article: Robert Hess (chess player)

Last updated: 2017-11-20 23:09:37

 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 327  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. F Roselli vs R Hess 0-1202001Guaymallen PanAM-chJ U10 AbsolutoC55 Two Knights Defense
2. R Hess vs T Teodorovicz  1-0662001Guaymallen PanAM-chJ U10 AbsolutoB22 Sicilian, Alapin
3. R Hess vs E Cordova 0-1692001Guaymallen PanAM-chJ U10 AbsolutoB22 Sicilian, Alapin
4. Caruana vs R Hess 1-0312001Guaymallen PanAM-chJ U10 AbsolutoC57 Two Knights
5. R Hess vs R Maidana  1-0802001Guaymallen PanAM-chJ U10 AbsolutoB22 Sicilian, Alapin
6. B Johnson vs R Hess 1-0412001Fall FuturityC77 Ruy Lopez
7. R Hess vs J C Fernandez  0-1622001Fall FuturityB22 Sicilian, Alapin
8. R Hess vs E Matthew  1-0372001Fall FuturityC28 Vienna Game
9. J Langreck vs R Hess 1-0322003World OpenB07 Pirc
10. Stripunsky vs R Hess 1-0452003Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
11. E Treger vs R Hess  1-0292003Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipB07 Pirc
12. R Hess vs J Sena  1-0442003Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipC13 French
13. R Hess vs J Simon  ½-½772003Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipB07 Pirc
14. S Agaian vs R Hess  ½-½192003Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
15. R Hess vs D Shapiro  ½-½482003Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
16. J Bonin vs R Hess  ½-½592003Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
17. R Hess vs Fedorowicz 0-1392003Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipB23 Sicilian, Closed
18. R Hess vs Skripchenko  0-1402004101st New York MastersB40 Sicilian
19. Wojtkiewicz vs R Hess  1-040200432nd World OpenA04 Reti Opening
20. J Stocek vs R Hess  1-042200432nd World OpenC28 Vienna Game
21. C Bean vs R Hess 0-1282004G30 Marshall C.CC45 Scotch Game
22. Nakamura vs R Hess 1-0432004New York Masters 127thC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
23. R Hess vs D Ippolito  0-15120057th Foxwoods OpenC28 Vienna Game
24. R Hess vs R Gonzalez 1-03120057th Foxwoods OpenB01 Scandinavian
25. de Firmian vs R Hess  1-0532005HB Global Chess ChallengeC67 Ruy Lopez
 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 327  PGN Download
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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

Dec-23-11  waustad: He's presently playing in Groningen. Here is a link to the live games:
Dec-23-11  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.
Dec-24-11  Knight13: What college does Hess attend?
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  heuristic: <knight13>
college=yale, major=finance
Dec-26-11  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)
Dec-30-11  Knight13: <Shams> Well, what did you have in mind?
Dec-30-11  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.
Jan-02-12  Knight13: <jsy> My mistake.

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

Jan-04-12  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 .
Oct-03-12  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
Dec-19-14  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.
May-23-15  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.
May-23-15  TheFocus: If this man had a chess column, the title "Hess on Chess" suggests itself.
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