GM Ray Robson

Full name
Ray Robson
Oct 25, 1994 (age 24)
Place of birth
Guam, Micronesia, US
United States

One of the youngest and most talented players from the United States, Ray Robson has emerged as a beast among the chess world. He was the youngest American to get the Grandmaster title, breaking Fabiano Caruana’s record by only 4 days! Now that he is a member of the prestigious Webster University chess team and it’s SPICE program ran by Susan Polgar. Surrounded by top players, Robson is sure to continue absorbing information and increasing his skills even more.

Ray Robson was born in Guam but moved to Florida at a young age. He learned how to play chess from his father when he was only 3 years old and quickly had success in Florida. After outgrowing his home state, Robson continued to test himself against stronger competition nationwide. He won seven national scholastic titles as a youth and has played in the World Youth Championships multiple years. In addition to this tournament, he tied for first place in both the 2005 and 2006 Pan American Youth Championships. This first victory resulted in him becoming a FIDE Master. Robson first became a USCF National Master in January 2006. He had good performances in large U.S. tournaments in 2006 and this qualified him for the 2007 U.S. Championship. At this time he was the youngest ever to play in the championship. A year later, in 2008, he earned his three International Master norms in only six weeks. This allowed him to break Hikaru Nakamura’s record for the youngest U.S. International Master by one month. He earned his Grandmaster title in 2010 after winning his three norms in 2009. In August 2012, Robson began to go to Webster University. This school is well known for having one of the top chess programs and teams in the entire country. Robson is part of the SPICE program which was started by Susan Polgar. Robson has recently gotten his highest FIDE rating of 2667 which puts him ranked number 6 in all of the U.S. though and he will be sure to challenge for the number one spot in the very near future.

Best Game

Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Petrov's Defense (8) : C42 C43
Scotch Game (8) : C45
Scandinavian Defense (5) : B01
Giuoco Piano Game (10) : C50 C53 C55 C51
King's Indian Attack (3) : A07
Nimzowitsch Defense Declined (1) : B00
Modern Defense (6) : B06 B07
Italian Game (3) : C55 C58
Alekhine Defense (4) : B04 B05
Indian Game (1) : A46
Queen's Gambit Accepted (2) : D20
Trompowsky Attack (1) : A45
Four Knights Game (3) : C47 C48
Pirc Defense (7) : B09 B07
Queen's Gambit Declined (1) : D30
Semi-Slav Defense (2) : D44 D46
King's Gambit Accepted (2) : C34
Philidor Defense (3) : C41
Lion Defense (2) : B07
Nimzowitsch Defense (1) : B00
Bishop's Opening (1) : C28
King's Pawn Opening (1) : B00
Black Pieces
Ruy Lopez Opening (4) : C65 C67 C88 C78
Scotch Game (1) : C45
Slav Defense (3) : D13 D10 D11
Giuoco Piano Game (2) : C50 C53
King's Pawn Opening (1) : C44
Indian Game (5) : A45 A49 A46 A48
King's Indian Attack (14) : A07
Semi-Slav Defense (43) : D43 D45 D44 D47
Queen's Gambit Declined (15) : D30 D31
Bird's Opening (2) : A03
London System (2) : A48
Queen's Pawn Opening (7) : D00 D02 D03
Reti Opening (7) : A04 A05 A06
Richter-Veresov Attack (2) : D01
Petrov's Defense (1) : C42
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (2) : D71
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (8) : D44
Torre Attack (1) : A48
Tarrasch Defense (3) : D32 D34
Trompowsky Attack (1) : A45
Nimzo-Indian Defense (3) : E44 E34
Catalan Opening (13) : E01
Blumenfeld Countergambit (2) : E10