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Ray Robson
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Number of games in database: 734
Years covered: 2004 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2673 (2605 rapid, 2637 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2680

Overall record: +256 -144 =239 (58.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 95 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (125) 
    B42 B32 B90 B30 B33
 Ruy Lopez (88) 
    C67 C65 C96 C84 C78
 French Defense (50) 
    C11 C18 C10 C07 C16
 Sicilian Najdorf (31) 
    B90 B96 B94 B92 B97
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (30) 
    C84 C96 C97 C92 C95
 French (28) 
    C11 C10 C12
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (103) 
    B52 B83 B76 B81 B22
 Semi-Slav (43) 
    D45 D44 D43 D47
 Grunfeld (36) 
    D85 D80 D90 D94 D70
 Sicilian Scheveningen (28) 
    B83 B81 B80 B82 B84
 English (19) 
    A13 A16 A15
 Queen's Pawn Game (18) 
    D02 E10 D00 A45 E00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Robson vs B Finegold, 2011 1-0
   A S Rasmussen vs Robson, 2009 0-1
   Robson vs A Udeshi, 2011 1-0
   Robson vs Khachiyan, 2011 1-0
   V Akobian vs Robson, 2009 0-1
   Yu Yangyi vs Robson, 2014 0-1
   Robson vs E Perelshteyn, 2010 1-0
   K Priyadharshan vs Robson, 2011 0-1
   Robson vs Le Quang Liem, 2012 1-0
   Robson vs Onischuk, 2016 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Pan-American Junior Championship (2009)
   St Louis Fall A (2019)
   Arctic Chess Challenge (2009)
   US Championship (2015)
   Millionaire Chess (2014)
   US Championship (2020)
   World Junior Championship (2011)
   Corus Group C (2010)
   38th World Open (2010)
   Foxwoods Open (2007)
   PRO League Group Stage (2019)
   48th World Junior Championship (2009)
   Gibraltar Masters (2011)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2012)
   Pro Chess League (2018)

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

   🏆 Sharjah Masters
   Ju Wenjun vs Robson (May-25-23) 1/2-1/2
   Robson vs V Sanal (May-24-23) 1-0
   H Bharathakoti vs Robson (May-23-23) 1/2-1/2
   Robson vs V Ivic (May-22-23) 1/2-1/2
   M Kobalia vs Robson (May-21-23) 1/2-1/2

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(born Oct-25-1994, 28 years old) Guam (federation/nationality 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, and he and his parents moved to Largo, Florida, USA shortly afterwards. He learned chess from his father at age three and at the age of 14 years 11 months and 16 days became the youngest US American to gain the GM title - four days younger than Fabiano Caruana. Robson 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 Susan 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 Sam 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 Championship (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 and was outright runner up with 7.5/11 behind Hikaru Nakamura in the US Championship (2015), thereby qualifying for the World Cup 2015. 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, in the 10 minute rapid tiebreaker, Robson lost both games and exited the tournament. He qualified to play in the World Cup (2013) and in a shocking result, defeated Ukrainian GM Andrei Volokitin by 2-0 in the first round. He then lost to Ukrainian veteran GM Vasyl Ivanchuk in the second round and exited the contest. At the World Cup (2015), he unexpectedly fell in the first round to Ukrainian GM Yuri Vovk and exited the tournament.

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 40th 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), helping his team to a team silver. He played reserve for the USA in the Istanbul 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 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 was also on hand to help Webster win the title three times in a row when it won the President's Cup in March 2015, Robson's personal tally being 2.5/3.


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

Rankings and Ratings

Robson first entered the top 100 in February 2015. He first breached the 2700 barrier in October 2022. Winning three consecutive games in Rounds 6-8 of the 2022 U.S. Championship brought his live rating to 2706.7, No. 35 in the world, as of October 13, 2022.


Wikipedia article: Ray Robson; live rating:

Last updated: 2022-10-14 13:32:56

 page 1 of 31; games 1-25 of 769  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Freeman vs Robson 0-1292004105th US OpenD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Robson vs Prasanna Raghuram Rao 1-0262004Wch U10B78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
3. Robson vs I Beradze  1-0342004Wch U10B12 Caro-Kann Defense
4. Robson vs K Eranyan  1-0472004Wch U10C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. Robson vs R Song  0-1602004Wch U10C18 French, Winawer
6. Robson vs Y Hou 0-1372004Wch U10B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
7. Aghasaryan vs Robson  ½-½392004Wch U10D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. P Chen vs Robson 1-0302004Wch U10B82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
9. Prince Mark Aquino vs Robson 0-1402004Wch U10B83 Sicilian
10. M Bambino vs Robson  0-1442005PAN u12bA13 English
11. Robson vs J Vasconez  1-0422005PAN u12bC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
12. R Salazar Loor vs Robson 0-1562005PAN u12bB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
13. Robson vs Pablo Vargas 1-0612005PAN u12bC18 French, Winawer
14. Robson vs Jose Dias  1-0492005PAN u12bC60 Ruy Lopez
15. Robson vs S Navarro 1-0302005PAN u12bB33 Sicilian
16. Robson vs S Iermito  ½-½352005PAN u12bC41 Philidor Defense
17. T Tomaz vs Robson  ½-½502005PAN u12bA13 English
18. L Milman vs Robson 1-0342005HB Global Chess ChallengeB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
19. Robson vs Negi ½-½1052005Wch U12B42 Sicilian, Kan
20. S Sjugirov vs Robson  ½-½802005Wch U12B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
21. J A Guevara Perez vs Robson  0-1672005Wch U12B50 Sicilian
22. Robson vs S Narayanan  ½-½372005Wch U12B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
23. Robson vs Swiercz  1-0402005Wch U12B42 Sicilian, Kan
24. Robson vs Z Strzemiecki  ½-½422005Wch U12C11 French
25. I Saeed vs Robson  0-1532005Wch U12D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
 page 1 of 31; games 1-25 of 769  PGN Download
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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.

Nov-07-14  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.
Apr-04-15  kellmano: Wow Ray Robson reminds me a lot of Richard Ayoade. for non-Brits here is a google image search:

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  Penguincw: Tough luck, but well done for Ray Robson at the US Championships (2015). Entering the final round, he was half a point behind Nakamura. He won his game, but Nakamura won his game after his opponent fell for a trap, so Robson missed the chance for a tiebreaker. Still, it's hard to be disappointed with 2nd place and 7.5/11 (+4,-1,=5), not to mention being $30K richer.
Apr-12-15  MagnusVerMagnus: Yeah that picture is so last decade, understand he needed the money but he had his chance in the penultimate round if he really wanted to be US Champion. This may end up being his best chance.
Apr-30-15  ex0duz: Robson has had a really good run lately. He's currently 63 in the world, having gone up ↑31 positions in ranking, with 2679.9 ELO on live ratings.. that's +23.9 jump, one of the biggest/best improvements out of anyone in the top 100. I hope he can keep it up and will break 2700 soon and follow in Wesleys footsteps.. and to even OVERTAKE Wesley So.
Apr-19-16  sonia91: <sinochess ‏@sinachess
Can't believe Robson draw in round 5, otherwise leads USA Championship. He once played Chinese Championship in 2008:>

At first I thought sinachess was talking about the Chinese team championship, but the FIDE link says "2008 Men's China Championship Group B", which is the Chinese Championship qualifier. I wonder how he was allowed to play in.

Apr-24-17  sorrowstealer: whats'wrong with this kid's face.
Apr-24-17  JimNorCal: Here's a more recent image. Yeah, he's, like, twice as tall now compared to the current photo at top of page.

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  ketchuplover: Good luck at the world team championship
Oct-25-18  Stale.Mate: Is he nicknamed “Sugar Ray” Robson?
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  Fusilli: From the very first page on Robson's page:

<dvigorito: kids are usually annoying - they fidget, they stare, they eat at the table, etc. Ray behaved like a polite adult ... he was polite and well spoken.>

About kids: Add my personal "favorite"... that when they have a cold or the sniffles, they seem not to be aware that tissues exist. I have grabbed tissues or paper towels and unceremoniously given them to my opponent saying "here, use this." Sometimes the clueless dad is nearby. I have no problem teaching that dad how to do his job if I have to.

Jan-13-20  dwavechess: He is unofficial World Puzzle Chess Champion
Oct-07-21  Albertan: U.S. Championships Round 1:Robson,Burke take lead:

Oct-12-21  FreeBrittanyZamora: Ray seems like a good guy - I trolled his Twitch stream and Discord server only once. Best of luck to him in the U.S. Championship.
Oct-12-21  Justin796: Ray is extremely good lol.
Mar-05-22  Albertan: Saint Louis Spring Classic 2022:Robson and Hakobyan in the lead:

Jun-25-22  PhilFeeley: Why did he drop out of the Summer Chess Classis in St. Louis?
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  FSR: His win over Wesley So in Round 7 of the U.S. Championship brought his live rating over 2700 for the first time - to 2703.8, No. 36 in the world.
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  FSR: Now 2706.7, No. 35 in the world, after beating Moradabiadi - Robson's third consecutive win.
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