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Robin Ault
Number of games in database: 26
Years covered: 1957 to 1964
Overall record: +7 -17 =2 (30.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Dec-23-1941, died Sep-16-1994, 52 years old) United States of America

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Robin Ault was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey on December 23, 1941. He was the first person to win the U.S. Junior Championship three times in a row (1959, 1960, 1961). He won the 1959 US Junior Championship (in Omaha, Nebraska) on tiebreak over Gilbert Ramirez. He was invited to the 1959-60 U.S. Championship, but lost all 11 games. He won the 1961 US Junior Championship (in Dayton, Ohio) on tiebreak over Bernard Zuckerman. He died on September 16, 1994 in Newton, Massachusetts.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Ault vs R Potter  0-132195758th US OpenA02 Bird's Opening
2. R Ault vs Saidy  0-137195960th US OpenB56 Sicilian
3. P Morrell vs R Ault  0-117195960th US OpenB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
4. Berliner vs R Ault 1-016195960th US OpenA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
5. R Ault vs J F Donovan 1-019195960th US OpenB75 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
6. R Ault vs O Ulvestad  0-138195960th US OpenB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
7. H Ohman vs R Ault  0-133195960th US OpenA02 Bird's Opening
8. R Ault vs J Pamiljens  1-036195960th US OpenC12 French, McCutcheon
9. R Ault vs R Weinstein  0-1381959US Championship 1959/60C00 French Defense
10. Denker vs R Ault  1-0221959US Championship 1959/60D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. R Ault vs H Seidman 0-1211959US Championship 1959/60B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
12. R Ault vs J Sherwin  0-1411959US Championship 1959/60B56 Sicilian
13. Fischer vs R Ault 1-0321959US Championship 1959/60B07 Pirc
14. R Ault vs S Bernstein  0-1621959US Championship 1959/60B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
15. Mednis vs R Ault  1-0411959US Championship 1959/60B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
16. R Ault vs Benko  0-1361959US Championship 1959/60B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
17. Reshevsky vs R Ault 1-0211959US Championship 1959/60D97 Grunfeld, Russian
18. R Ault vs Bisguier  0-1301959US Championship 1959/60A06 Reti Opening
19. R Byrne vs R Ault  1-0301960US Championship 1959/60D46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. R Byrne vs R Ault  1-052196061st US OpenD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. John W Jaffray vs R Ault  0-134196061st US OpenB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
22. R Ault vs R H Steinmeyer  ½-½36196061st US OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. R Ault vs A Spiller  1-038196061st US OpenB01 Scandinavian
24. R Ault vs J F Donovan  1-044196061st US OpenB30 Sicilian
25. R Ault vs J A Curdo 0-1131963Massachusetts opC30 King's Gambit Declined
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  Benzol: IIRC Robin Ault lost all his games when he played in the 1959 US Ch. He qualified for the US Championship when he became US Junior Champion.
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  GrahamClayton: <benzol>IIRC Robin Ault lost all his games when he played in the 1959 US Ch. He qualified for the US Championship when he became US Junior Champion.

After Ault's 0-11 performance in the 1959 US championship, I think the qualificaton rules were changed so that the US Junior Champion did not receive an automatic invitation to the US Championship.

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  technical draw: After losing the US champion 0-12 people started asking "who is R. Ault?
Apr-28-11  TheFocus: <TD> I can't believe you posted that.

You of all people Ault to know who he is.

Apr-28-11  theagenbiteofinwit: <After Ault's 0-11 performance in the 1959 US championship, I think the qualificaton rules were changed so that the US Junior Champion did not receive an automatic invitation to the US Championship.>

That's a poor strategy for developing young chess talent.

Ault got 11 free lessons on top level U.S. chess.

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  technical draw: <You of all people Ault to know who he is.>

Sorry, it was all his brother Fred's uh, nevermind.

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  GrahamClayton: Was Robin Ault the brother of Leslie Ault, the 1960 US national inter-collegiate champion?
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  Phony Benoni: <GrahamClayton> Yes. <Leslie Hastings Ault> was Robin Ault's older brother, born in 1940. He became a USCF Master in his own right, writing "The Genesis of Power Chess" and contributing to "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess."

Less importantly, he earned a Ph. D. from Columbia, and was a professor and coordinator of the Behavioral Sciences Unit at Hostos Community College in the South Bronx.

Both Robin and Leslie played in the US Open at Cleveland, 1957, along with their father, <Leslie F. Ault>. Dad had the best score that time with 7.5 points, Leslie H. scoring 7.0 and Robin 6.0.

Game Collection: US Open 1957, Cleveland

Here is an account of Leslie H Ault's victory in the National Intercollegiate.

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  GrahamClayton: Here is Robin Ault's obituary, taken from the Cranford Chronicle, dated October 19, 1994.

"Robin Ault, math professor
Social justice activist; was 52 :__

CRANFORD — Robin Ault, 52, a college mathematics professor, computer software engineer, and social justice activist, died Sept. 16, 1994 at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton, Mass.

He was born in Elizabeth, raised in Cranford, and had lived for more than 20 years in Newton, Mass. Dr. Ault earned a bachelor's degree from Columbia University and a doctorate in mathematics from Brandeis University. During his college years he won the U.S Junior Chess, Championship three times, something no one has yet matched. He was a professor of mathematics at Boston State College in Massachusetts from 1965 until the school was closed in 1981, and more recently was a senior software engineer with MicroLogic Inc.

He was active in the New University Conference, an organization of university professors involved in human rights and anti-war issues. Dr. Ault volunteered his time to the Quaker church as a draft counselor during the Vietnam War. He also was active in Newton Action for Nuclear Disarmament in Newton, Mass., one of the first disarmament organizations in the country.

Dr. Ault was a longtime member of Mass Choice, the Massachusetts affiliate of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League. He joined Mass Choice at its founding in 1970 and worked in nearly every volunteer capacity: grassroots organizer, volunteer coordinator, board officer, political action committee board member. He was recognized by Mass Choice on its 20th anniversary in 1990 for his work with the organization. It will dedicate the Robin Ault Volunteer Award at Mass Choice's 25th-anniversary celebration in 1995. He also was prominent in his Massachusetts city on political campaigns for alderman, school board, and state representative. A delegate to the Massachusetts Democratic Party convention Dr. Ault was the secretary of his ward's Democratic Party committee and was active in a bicycle-pedestrian task force in his city.

Surviving are his mother, Margaret Ault of Cranford; two brothers, Leslie Ault and David Ault, both in New Jersey; three nieces and two nephews."

Sep-11-13  jerseybob: That one-year experiment, inviting the Junior Champ into the Senior Championship, meant the exclusion of a higher-rated, more-deserving player. I believe in 1959 that might've been Curt Brasket.
Sep-11-13  cwcarlson: According to the obit at he died from cancer. Too bad.
Sep-11-13  waustad: The automatic invitation to the US championship came not long after Fischer made his presence known as a junior. I suspect that may have helped convince them to make the invitation.
Jan-06-14  parisattack: <Robin Ault> also published a translation of Tarrasch's Dreihundert Schachpartien in 1961. Two spiral-bound volumes. If he passed in 1994 @ 52, he was quite young at the time. Perhaps his father <Leslie Ault> assisted.

Around 1998 I was going to publish Eugene Salome's translation of Tarrasch side-by-side with the Ault translation. I mentioned it on an old chess NewsGroup - and did I hear from the Aults' attorney in a hurry! :)

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