Ray Robson

Ray Robson

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Ray Robson (born October 25, 1994) is an American chess player who holds the title of Grandmaster. In October 2009, about two weeks before turning 15, he became the youngest grandmaster-elect in history who plays for the United States (Italian-American Fabiano Caruana qualified for the title at 14 years and 350 days, but plays for Italy).. United States Chess Federation. Accessed on 2009-10-20.

Robson's norms were gained at the Arctic Chess Challenge in Norway, at the 23rd North American FIDE Invitational in Chicago, and at the Pan-American Junior Championship in Montevideo, Uruguay. Robson will be playing in the 2010 U.S. Championship (seeded as US Junior Champion).

Early life

Robson was born in Guam to Gary Robson, a professor at the college of education (applied linguistics) at St. Petersburg College, and Yee-chen, a kindergarten teacher at Country Day School. They later moved to Largo, Florida, where they live today. An only child, he learned chess from his father at age three. He attended public school for kindergarten, then a public school for the gifted in first grade, then from grades 2-5 he was at a private Montessori school. He started homeschooling in grade 6, and is now in eighth grade.

Robson has said he wants to become a professional chess player, and his parents hoped for him to gain a chess scholarship...
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