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7th Blitz "Death Match" Player Announcement!

  • IM DanielRensch
  • on 6/20/12, 11:07 AM.

Chess.com's 7th Blitz "Match of Death" will take place on Sunday, July 29th at 3pm Pacific (6pm Eastern) time. The match is set to feature the highest rated player in Filipino history, Grandmaster Wesley So, against the youngest Grandmaster in American history, Ray Robson.

Both So and Robson are ranked in the top 20 in the world on the current FIDE Top Juniors list, and both can boast many international and national chess accomplishments. Wesley So, the "favorite on paper" became a Grandmaster at the age of 14, was the winner of the Corus Wijk Aan Zee International chess tournament (C-Group) in January 2009, and is currently ranked just outside the top 100 in the world.

GM Ray Robson
GM Wesley So

Born in Guam, but a "Florida Native", Ray Robson became America's youngest Grandmaster Elect in history in October of 2009. Ray has been considered one of the brightest chess stars in America since the age of 12, has won numerous national scholastic titles and competed in multiple US Chess Championships.

This exciting matchup pits two of the world's brightest young stars against each other, but perhaps just as interesting is that it pits two "future teammates" -- as both will be attending Webster University in the fall, competing for the SPICE team in all collegiate and Pan-American events. 

All the action will be covered live on Chess.com/TV, with live commentary by IMs Daniel Rensch and David Pruess and other special guests. The broadcast is open to all members of Chess.com! To review all the rules/details of Chess.com's Blitz Chess Death Matches, click here. For results of Chess.com's last Death Match (featuring GM Gawain Jones against GM Robert Hess), click here.

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  • 2 years ago

    DJbro

    Proud of our very own young gun,keep it Wesley.....

  • 2 years ago

    DimebagDerek

    I was highly impressed.  There were a few games where the tactics were flying and Robson or both players would be in time trouble.  Excellent stuff.  These kids have the stuff, I cannot imagine what a few years of the school they are attending will do for them.

  • 2 years ago

    maxwelluplb

    You're welcome RayDuqueIII. I believe both players have bright future. Who knows, maybe one will become world champion someday.

  • 2 years ago

    RayDuqueIII

    Thank you for the information Maxwell. That's why it was 23-9. So won the overall game. I though they played only one game for 3 hours.

    As I said, I was not able to watch the game because we went out for a get together with our friends.

    Ray

    Ray Duque III (GMBD), New York City

  • 2 years ago

    juliakoy

    But watch out the progress of Ray. Im sure he will learn fine lessons here in this matchups. I do believe he is a late bloomer like Fischer.  fischer became world champ at 29 years old.  He may just be the next US bobby Fischer. who knows?

  • 2 years ago

    juliakoy

    oops.  im late in the news. 23-9 Wes won?  great game for Wesley.  I knew he will win. Wes is a master in speed or rapid chess like blitz and bullet chess.  His level in speed games is with the likes of Hikaru and Levon. Of course thats my opinion.  We had to see yet Wes play in World blitz matches.

  • 2 years ago

    juliakoy

    hello whats the latest score Wes vs. Ray?

  • 2 years ago

    Czechman

    Ray played well but took WAY too long to move and wound up in horrible time trouble nearly every game. Ray needs to forget speed chess and do what he does best - calculate. IMO, anyway.

  • 2 years ago

    novzki41

    Good job on Rensch and Pruess for colorful commentating!

  • 2 years ago

    babyBOBBY

    the Philippine kid is just wonderful and phenomenal.  Congratulations to both.. many bright futures ahead of you.......

  • 2 years ago

    Jeweler_Simoun

    Congrats Wes.

  • 2 years ago

    Chubby_85

    wow...SO wins.....

  • 2 years ago

    anerom

    we're watching so 1 year ago, and his batchmates were caruana, giri, negi etc...and from the games, he is matched/equalled with them. Right now, wesley is left behind (by months now) because he's idle for quiet sometime (maybe busy for entering college). His batch now is in the category A...He has a lot to do to catch up, but for sure he can climb up and get that 2700+ mark as his mates did...

  • 2 years ago

    JJ12031970

    Tongue Out

  • 2 years ago

    Cedie_1

    Is there are link where we can see the games for review? 

  • 2 years ago

    DimebagDerek

    He had a decent amount of people rooting for him, even though it was very early and many people in the Phillipines probably missed the match.  He was very nice and gracious.  A good player, good disposition.  I will keep my eye out for this kid!  I believe he has a very bright future in chess.  (As if GM at such a young age wasn't bright enough!)

  • 2 years ago

    tolitz4x

    as expected WES won.... i think its more quite good for wesley so to migrate in the US than staying in PH.. BUT still he's proud to bear the PH flag... He'll probably took not enough exposure in he's native land. Wes is so talented he'll probably be able to be one of those top 10 in FIDE in the future GIVEN a chance of having an excellent COACH... W/C UNFORTUNATELY PH GOV'T CAN'T AFFORD!

  • 2 years ago

    DimebagDerek

    Wesley played very strong, and quickly to boot.  He left Robson in time trouble nearly every game.  After watching that, they should have the winners of Deathmatches play each other.  He would match up well against loads of good players by the way he played.

  • 2 years ago

    maxwelluplb

    Yes, RayDuqueIII. You are correct. Wesley won:  23 - 9

  • 2 years ago

    tolitz4x

    so what's the result of the match//?

    who won?

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