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Ray Robson
Photograph courtesy of Escaque, used with permission.  
Number of games in database: 687
Years covered: 2004 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2673 (2605 rapid, 2637 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2680

Overall record: +245 -132 =214 (59.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 96 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (121) 
    B42 B32 B90 B33 B30
 Ruy Lopez (81) 
    C67 C65 C96 C84 C97
 French Defense (50) 
    C11 C18 C10 C07 C16
 Sicilian Najdorf (30) 
    B90 B96 B92 B94 B97
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (29) 
    C96 C84 C97 C92 C95
 French (28) 
    C11 C10 C12
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (101) 
    B52 B83 B76 B81 B22
 Semi-Slav (40) 
    D45 D44 D43 D47
 Grunfeld (36) 
    D85 D80 D90 D70 D72
 Sicilian Scheveningen (28) 
    B83 B81 B80 B82 B84
 English (17) 
    A13 A16 A15
 Queen's Pawn Game (17) 
    D02 D00 E10 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
   K Priyadharshan vs Robson, 2011 0-1
   Yu Yangyi vs Robson, 2014 0-1
   Robson vs E Perelshteyn, 2010 1-0
   Robson vs Onischuk, 2016 1-0
   Robson vs Le Quang Liem, 2012 1-0

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

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

   🏆 US Championship
   Robson vs W So (Oct-29-20) 1/2-1/2
   Lenderman vs Robson (Oct-29-20) 1-0
   Robson vs E Moradiabadi (Oct-28-20) 1-0
   J Xiong vs Robson (Oct-28-20) 1-0
   Robson vs Nakamura (Oct-28-20) 1-0

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(born Oct-25-1994, 26 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 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 and was outright runner up with 7.5/11 behind Hikaru Nakamura in the US Championships (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 Vassily 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 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 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 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 marked his initial entry to the top 100 in February 2015. His highest rating to date was 2680 from July to September 2015. His highest ranking so far is #58 in August 2015.


Wikipedia article: Ray Robson; live rating:

Last updated: 2017-04-04 23:58:05

 page 1 of 28; games 1-25 of 678  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Freeman vs Robson 0-1292004US OpenD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Prince Mark Aquino vs Robson 0-1402004Wch U10B83 Sicilian
3. Robson vs Yifan Hou 0-1372004Wch U10B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
4. P Chen vs Robson 1-0302004Wch U10B82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
5. Robson vs K Eranyan  1-0472004Wch U10C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. Aghasaryan vs Robson  ½-½392004Wch U10D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Robson vs R Song  0-1602004Wch U10C18 French, Winawer
8. Robson vs R Prasanna 1-0262004Wch U10B78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
9. Robson vs I Beradze  1-0342004Wch U10B12 Caro-Kann Defense
10. Robson vs Jose Dias  1-0492005PAN u12bC60 Ruy Lopez
11. Robson vs J Vasconez  1-0422005PAN u12bC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
12. T Tomaz vs Robson  ½-½502005PAN u12bA13 English
13. Robson vs Pablo Vargas 1-0612005PAN u12bC18 French, Winawer
14. Robson vs S Navarro 1-0302005PAN u12bB33 Sicilian
15. R Salazar Loor vs Robson 0-1562005PAN u12bB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
16. Robson vs S Iermito  ½-½352005PAN u12bC41 Philidor Defense
17. M Bambino vs Robson  0-1442005PAN u12bA13 English
18. L Milman vs Robson 1-0342005HB Global Chess ChallengeB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
19. Robson vs Z Strzemiecki  ½-½422005Wch U12C11 French
20. Robson vs Srinath Narayanan  ½-½372005Wch U12B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
21. I Saeed vs Robson  0-1532005Wch U12D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. Robson vs Negi ½-½1052005Wch U12B42 Sicilian, Kan
23. Robson vs D Swiercz  1-0402005Wch U12B42 Sicilian, Kan
24. J A Guevara Perez vs Robson  0-1672005Wch U12B50 Sicilian
25. S Sjugirov vs Robson  ½-½802005Wch U12B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
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  perfidious: <ljfyffe> Y'all don't know what yer missing.
Oct-15-14  ljfyffe: The pun was made under duress.
Oct-15-14  zanzibar: <ljfyffe> Under whose dress?!
Oct-16-14  ljfyffe: A gentleman does not reveal such information...
Well, o.k., if you insist, was ..........'s, but don't you tell anyone else!
Oct-16-14  john barleycorn: <ljfyffe: The pun was made under duress.>

I know durex. what is the difference?

Oct-16-14  john barleycorn: <ljfyffe> ok, just googled it. no difference as I see it.

<..., constraints, or other action brought to bear on someone to do something against their will or better judgment.>

Oct-16-14  ljfyffe: Not the first time l punned "against my better judgement"----then again, otherwise there would be hardly any puns at all.....right? ......addressing all punsters, of course!
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.
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Oct-19-14  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.

Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Nov-07-14  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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