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Ray Robson

Ray Robson

  • Born:
    Oct 25, 1994 (Age 26) Guam, U.S.
  • FIDE Title:
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  • Federation:
    United States of America
  • Peak Rating:
    2682 (October 2018)
  • Rating:
    2673 (February 2021)

Ray Robson is the best young American talent to follow in the footsteps of Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana. Although born on the American Pacific island of Guam his family moved to live in Florida. He was taught to play chess by his father at the age of three and at the age of ten became American Champion in his age group by winning every game at the “Super Nationals” in 2005. Robson later won the full US Junior Championship as a 14-year-old in 2009 and claimed his first GM norm in the same year by finishing tied for first at the strong Artic Chess Challenge in Tromso, Norway. He became the youngest American player ever to claim the GM title when he won the Pan-American Junior Championship in Uruguay just before his 15th birthday. Although Robson’s first national title won him a scholarship to the University of Texas at Dallas since August 2012 he’s been attending Webster University, St. Louis, as part of Susan Polgar’s SPICE Program. Just after starting his course he finished in clear first at the SPICE Cup Open. 

Ray during the rest day of the 2013 U.S. Championship in St. Louis | photo: Macauley Peterson

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