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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15 votes


  • 4 years ago


    Good luck! I hope So wins :)

  • 4 years ago


    I'll mark my calendar!

  • 4 years ago


    Will be one sided match

  • 4 years ago


    Good luck to both players.

  • 4 years ago


    FYI, Wesley So just won recently concluded asian blitz chess tournament in Vietnam. If I am not mistaken, it was last month.

  • 4 years ago


    go wesley go!!!!

  • 4 years ago


    Wow.  Can't wait to see this exciting event.  Hail to chess.com!

  • 4 years ago


    This is very, very exciting news! Way to go, chess.com!

  • 4 years ago


    I'm a filipino but i like the way rey robson is playing today. this is an exciting match. hoping chess.com will published it with annotation in every game.

  • 4 years ago


    This will be very exciting!!

  • 4 years ago


    Anyone know who is playing in the eighth match?

  • 4 years ago


    You know, I definitely think the Death Matches are one of the most exciting additions to Chess.com/TV :D Now that I'm not so busy with other things, I'm hoping to catch more of them!

  • 4 years ago


    Exciting to watch two of the brightest young minds in chess right now duel it out!  Should be a great match.

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