(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).
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... Read More