Upgrade to Chess.com Premium!

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.

37770 reads 229 comments
15 votes

Comments


  • 2 years ago

    Dancing_Chess

    Good luck for them both.

    Tohphirao, increase your rating to join the event like this...!

  • 2 years ago

    RayDuqueIII

    staddum, the game match will be on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 6PM New York time. I don't know what time in GMT. Maybe GMT -5, just guessing.

  • 2 years ago

    tohphiraao

    can i join this tournament........?

  • 2 years ago

    geopinoy

    It's very interesting to watch these young blokes to showcase the best of Yankee and Pinoy in chess! I think the first Yankee GM at age 12 is Bobby Fisher (or just grabbing the New York championship at that age). Not much iconic from the Pinoys so far. I bet for Wesley to break through this time!

  • 2 years ago

    superhero11111

    This will be interesting!

  • 2 years ago

    staddum

    At what time will it be? GMT +0? 

  • 2 years ago

    Nicolimbaga

    go Wesley

  • 2 years ago

    macgabrielmendoza

     ..gud luck wesly.. gawin mung sure win xD

  • 2 years ago

    jerirose

    no one can stop Filipinos  woohohoohohoho go wesley!!!!!

  • 2 years ago

    DimebagDerek

    Two of the youngest grandmasters playing blitz for 3 hours and that is the best comment you can come up with?

  • 2 years ago

    PatriotScout

    Just a couple asians and a chess board. Like I didn't see that 100 times a day in high school.

  • 2 years ago

    JMraz

    will be fun!

  • 2 years ago

    RayDuqueIII

    Good luck to both players. Hope the game will be a DRAW.

    Ray

    Ray Duque III (GMBD), New York City

  • 2 years ago

    RayDuqueIII

    Pareho lang tayo eloy2012. Kaya nga gusto ko mag DRAW ang laban. Tukayo ko pa yong lalaro.

    Ray

    Ray Duque III (GMBD), New York City

  • 2 years ago

    Marksman357

    Go Wesley!!! pakita mo galing ng pinoy...

  • 2 years ago

    abad_alnorxxx

    chess. com is the best web site in the world. colliding two teen titans.

  • 2 years ago

    kuchidee

    Anything can happen. I say Robson though anything still can happen.

  • 2 years ago

    kabawka

    @davidvanscyoc

    Wesley So   - 2650

    Ray Robson - 2601

    FIDE Top Juniors list (from second paragraph of the article)

  • 2 years ago

    davidvanscyoc

    the article does not give the respective FIDE ratings of the two players. does anyone know? I know I could look them up on FIDE's website, but i'm lazy and thought this would be easier :-)

  • 2 years ago

    RayDuqueIII

    I hope the game would be a DRAW.

Back to Top

Post your reply: