Ray Robson is the newest American GM!

Robson wins Panamerican, prepares for World Chess Cup 2009

Ray Robson

Ray Robson is the newest American grandmaster!
Robson has won the Panamerican Junior Championship with one round to go. After a 7/7 start, he took a draw in round 8 in a superior position to secure the norm and title (and a rating performance of 3116). For winning this tournament, he automatically earns a GM norm, his third, and thus GM title since his rating is already more than 2500!

1 CARLO Daniel 2091 – ROBSON Ray 2527 0-1

2 ROBSON Ray 2527 – GARCIA Cardenas Pablo 2312 1-0

3 IM IBARRA Chami Luis 2393 – ROBSON Ray 2527 0-1

4 ROBSON Ray 2527 – DIAZ Ciro 2323 1-0

5 GM DIAMANT Andre – ROBSON Ray 2527 0-1

6 ROBSON Ray 2527 – GARCIA Guerrero Isaac 2156 1-0

7 TRISTAN Leonardo 2412 – ROBSON Ray 2527 0-1

8 ROBSON Ray 2527 – GALLEGO Andres 2404 1/2 – 1/2

With winning the final GM norm Robson becomes one of the youngest GMs in the history of chess. The news was confirmed by Gary Ronson for the daily blog of Susan Polgar. GM Polgar commented for Chessdom, “There is no requirement as to how many GMs he has to play. It is an automatic norm if he wins his section This would make him the youngest GM in U.S. history.”

After the news was announced, GM Robson received an invitation for the SPICE Cup 2010. His next competition is the World Cup, where he was among the FIDE President nominees.

Ray Robson’s way to GM title

Robson was awarded the FIDE Master (FM) title in June 2005 after tying for first place at the Pan American Youth Chess Championship in Brazil. He earned the USCF National Master (NM) title in January 2006 by raising his chess rating above 2200 (the minimum required for the title of National Master). Robson earned the three norms needed for the IM title in only six weeks: the first at the 6th North American FIDE Invitational on November 3, 2007, in Chicago, Illinois; the second on November 27 at the World Youth Chess Championship in Antalya, Turkey, and the third and final norm on (December 10) at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) GM Invitational in Dallas, Texas, making him the youngest IM-elect in the United States.

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Robson tied for first place in the 2008 Florida championship. On July 16, 2009, he won the U.S. Junior Chess Championship, becoming one of the youngest such champions ever. In August of 2009, Robson tied for first at the Arctic Chess Challenge in Tromso, Norway, garnering his first GM norm in the process. Later on that same month, Robson then went on to earn his second GM norm by winning the 23rd North American FIDE Invitational in Skokie, Illinois.

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With winning the final GM norm Robson becomes one of the youngest GMs in the history of chess. Here is the records list for the whole world.

1. Sergey Karjakin 12 years, 7 months, 0 days

2. Parimarjan Negi 13 years, 4 months, 22 days

3. Magnus Carlsen 13 years, 4 months, 27 days

4. Bu Xiangzhi 13 years, 10 months, 13 days

5. Teimour Radjabov 14 years, 0 months, 14 days

6. Ruslan Ponomariov 14 years, 0 months, 17 days

7. Wesley So 14 years, 1 month, 28 days

8. Etienne Bacrot 14 years, 2 months, 0 days

9. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 14 years, 4 months

10. Péter Lékó 14 years, 4 months, 22 days

11. Hou Yifan 14 years, 6 months, 16 days

12. Anish Giri 14 years, 7 months, 2 days

13. Yuriy Kuzubov 14 years, 7 months, 12 days

14. Dariusz Swiercz 14 years, 7 months, 29 days

15. Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son 14 years, 10 months

16. Ray Robson 14 Years 11 Months 16 days

17. Fabiano Caruana 14 years, 11 months, 20 days