U.S. Olympiad Team Gold Medalist Ray Robson

Ray Robson at the 2017 U.S. Championship. Photo: Austin Fuller

Ray Robson

2016 U.S. Olympiad Team Gold Medalist and Grandmaster

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Birthday: October 25, 1994

Ray Robson is one of the top 10 grandmasters in the country and within the top 100 players in the world. He was a member of the Gold Medalist 2016 U.S. Olympiad Team. Robson reset two records previously set by Hikaru Nakamura, becoming the youngest U.S. International Master at age 13 and the youngest U.S. Grandmaster at age 14 (the current record holders are Awonder Liang and Samual Sevian). He became the U.S. Junior Champion in 2009. Robson is often a key contender at major American tournaments, even among super-GMs. He finished 2nd to Wesley So at the 2014 Millionaire Open and 2nd to Hikaru Nakamura at the 2015 U.S. Championship. Robson has also competed for the Webster chess team since 2012, helping the team win numerous national collegiate championships over the years. Here is Robson's victory over World Top 10 player, Wesley So, at the 2015 U.S. Championship:
[pgn][Event "US Championship"]
[Site "St Louis, MO USA"]
[Date "2015.04.07"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Ray Robson"]
[Black "Wesley So"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C67"]
[PlyCount "83"]
[EventDate "2015.03.31"]1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. Re1 Nd6 6. Nxe5 Be7 7. Bf1 Nxe5
8. Rxe5 O-O 9. Nc3 Ne8 10. Nd5 Bd6 11. Re1 Nf6 12. Nxf6+ Qxf6 13. d4 c6 14. Be3
b6 15. Bd3 Bc7 16. d5 Be5 17. c3 cxd5 18. Qg4 d6 19. Qa4 Qd8 20. Rad1 Be6 21.
Bb5 a6 22. Bc6 b5 23. Qa3 Rb8 24. Qxa6 b4 25. Ba7 Rc8 26. cxb4 Qh4 27. Rxe5
dxe5 28. Bc5 Rfd8 29. a4 d4 30. Bb7 Rb8 31. Ba7 Qe7 32. Bxb8 Rxb8 33. Bf3 Qxb4
34. a5 g5 35. h3 Qxb2 36. Qd6 Rc8 37. Qxe5 h6 38. Qxd4 Qxd4 39. Rxd4 Rc1+ 40.
Rd1 Rc7 41. a6 Ra7 42. Bb7 1-0[/pgn]

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