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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  • 4 years ago


    It's a good match-up. I'm SO interested and SO excited to watch the game.

  • 4 years ago


    monkey's telkno- test tecthead.......

  • 4 years ago


    I am going to put $5,000 on Wesley So. You better not fail me! Go So!

  • 4 years ago


    Wow, so many people are going for Welsey..

    GL to both of them!

  • 4 years ago


    Go Wesley!!!!

  • 4 years ago


    Magnus Carlsen became grandmaster at the age of 13. BEAT THAT!!!

  • 4 years ago


    Hooray! Finally I'll get to see Wesley in a live match!

  • 4 years ago


    go wesley

  • 4 years ago


    there won't be another Fischer

  • 4 years ago


    I've seen Wesley's style of play and it he is more of an offensive minded player. Go Wesley!


  • 4 years ago


    Since I am a Filipino, I am for Wesley. To their match, good luck to both.

  • 4 years ago


    Yeah Ray! Go So! Yeah Ray! Go So! This will be a wild one!

    Now I want to go back to college, but only at Webster University.

  • 4 years ago


    go wesley!!make every filipino proud..we know u can do it!!

  • 4 years ago


    Go Wesley!!!

  • 4 years ago


    do any of these guys have an active account on chess.com?

  • 4 years ago


    I'm voting for Ray Robson.

  • 4 years ago


    Its at then end of july!!! longg way to go..

  • 4 years ago


    When I saw the name I thought it was me. Just kidding. My name is also Ray.WinkSmile


    Ray Duque III (GMBD), New York City

  • 4 years ago


    Ray Robson is a great player. He came and did a simul at a library that I visit often. He only lives 30 minutes away from there, so I hope he does another one again. I would love to play him, because I missed the last event. He is a brilliant player who was able to win every match, and draw only one in a room of 30 players. 

  • 4 years ago


    Go wesley..

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