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Robert Hess
R Hess 
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Number of games in database: 341
Years covered: 2001 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2591 (2621 rapid, 2557 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2635

Overall record: +117 -81 =111 (55.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 32 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (51) 
    B25 B22 B40 B52 B23
 French Defense (24) 
    C01 C11 C03 C13 C19
 Caro-Kann (18) 
    B18 B13 B10 B12 B11
 Ruy Lopez (17) 
    C77 C69 C65 C63 C70
 French (10) 
    C11 C13 C12
 Pirc (8) 
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (37) 
    C72 C75 C67 C69 C71
 Nimzo Indian (22) 
    E21 E20 E32 E42 E56
 English (12) 
    A17 A14 A19 A13 A15
 Pirc (11) 
    B07 B09 B08
 Sicilian (8) 
    B70 B32 B90 B29 B51
 Bogo Indian (8) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Hess vs Tiviakov, 2011 1-0
   Hess vs Flavio Perez, 2007 1-0
   Hess vs J Becerra Rivero, 2009 1-0
   Hess vs K Odeh, 2009 1-0
   Hess vs L B Hansen, 2007 1/2-1/2
   Hess vs E Romanov, 2011 1-0
   Hess vs R Gonzalez, 2005 1-0
   Hess vs Negi, 2011 1-0
   Hess vs Robson, 2007 1-0
   Hess vs C Boor, 2006 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Foxwoods Open (2008)
   Groningen Chess Festival (2011)
   US Championship (Group B) (2011)
   US Championship (2009)
   Spring North American FIDE Invitational (2006)
   38th World Open (2010)
   Reykjavik Open (2012)
   US Championship (2010)
   Foxwoods Open (2009)
   Berkeley International (2011)
   23rd Czech Open A (2012)
   Zurich Chess Club 200th Anniversary (2009)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   Isle of Man Masters (2018)
   Isle of Man Grand Swiss (2019)

   🏆 ch-USA Online Q Final
   R Hess vs T Gareyev (Dec-17-20) 0-1
   Sasikiran vs R Hess (Oct-21-19) 1-0
   R Hess vs Lenderman (Oct-20-19) 1-0
   Shankland vs R Hess (Oct-19-19) 0-1
   R Hess vs T Nabaty (Oct-18-19) 0-1

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(born Dec-19-1991, 31 years old) United States of America

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Grandmaster Robert Lee Hess won the 2006 U.S. Junior championship in chess at age 14, also winning his FM title in that year. An international master in 2007, he won his first GM norm at Foxwoods Open (2008), his second at the SPICE Spring Invitational, and was awarded his Grandmaster title after acquiring his 3rd GM norm at the Foxwoods Open (2009).

He tied for second with 6.5/9 at the US Championship (2009) with Alexander Onischuk behind winner Hikaru Nakamura, who was also the only player to whom he lost a game. In 2010, he came outright second at the Negroponte Open in Greece behind Suat Atalik. He represented the USA 2010 Olympiad team on the reserve board.

Hess was also a linebacker for the junior varsity football team at Stuyvesant High School in New York City.

References / Sources

(1) (2017 podcast interview with Ben Johnson of Perpetual Chess)

Wikipedia article: Robert Hess (chess player)

Last updated: 2023-05-27 08:13:00

 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 352  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. F Roselli vs R Hess 0-1202001Guaymallen PanAM-chJ U10 AbsolutoC55 Two Knights Defense
2. R Hess vs T Teodorovicz  1-0662001Guaymallen PanAM-chJ U10 AbsolutoB22 Sicilian, Alapin
3. R Hess vs E Cordova 0-1692001Guaymallen PanAM-chJ U10 AbsolutoB22 Sicilian, Alapin
4. Caruana vs R Hess 1-0312001Guaymallen PanAM-chJ U10 AbsolutoC57 Two Knights
5. R Hess vs R Maidana  1-0802001Guaymallen PanAM-chJ U10 AbsolutoB22 Sicilian, Alapin
6. B Johnson vs R Hess 1-0412001Fall FuturityC77 Ruy Lopez
7. R Hess vs J C Fernandez  0-1622001Fall FuturityB22 Sicilian, Alapin
8. R Hess vs E Matthew  1-0372001Fall FuturityC28 Vienna Game
9. J Langreck vs R Hess 1-0322003World OpenB07 Pirc
10. Stripunsky vs R Hess 1-0452003Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
11. E Treger vs R Hess  1-0292003Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipB07 Pirc
12. R Hess vs J Sena  1-0442003Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipC13 French
13. R Hess vs J Simon  ½-½772003Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipB07 Pirc
14. S Agaian vs R Hess  ½-½192003Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
15. R Hess vs D Shapiro  ½-½482003Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
16. J Bonin vs R Hess  ½-½592003Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
17. R Hess vs Fedorowicz 0-1392003Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipB23 Sicilian, Closed
18. R Hess vs A Skripchenko  0-1402004101st New York MastersB40 Sicilian
19. Wojtkiewicz vs R Hess  ½-½602004Vermont CCA/ICC opA04 Reti Opening
20. Wojtkiewicz vs R Hess  1-040200432nd World OpenA04 Reti Opening
21. J Stocek vs R Hess  1-042200432nd World OpenC28 Vienna Game
22. R Hess vs A Feuerstein  1-0502004New York State-chB40 Sicilian
23. C Bean vs R Hess 0-1282004G30 Marshall C.CC45 Scotch Game
24. Nakamura vs R Hess 1-0432004New York Masters 127thC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
25. R Hess vs D Ippolito  0-15120057th Foxwoods OpenC28 Vienna Game
 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 352  PGN Download
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Dec-23-11  Caissanist: Ah yes, nothing like traveling 4,000 miles so you could play Daniel Naroditsky, the only other American in your section, in the third round. Thanks, guys.
Dec-24-11  Knight13: What college does Hess attend?
Dec-26-11  heuristic: <knight13>
college=yale, major=finance
Dec-26-11  Shams: Great, another young talent going into Finance. Just what we need.
Dec-26-11  frogbert: it's probably more about what hess needs, i assume. ;o)
Dec-30-11  Knight13: <Shams> Well, what did you have in mind?
Dec-30-11  Knight13: <heuristic> Yale is a perfect place to study finance.
Jan-01-12  jsy: I believe Yale in fact does not have a finance major for undergrads. But it probably doesn't matter since "non-finance" majors are routinely hired into finance. Hess already has a highly valued GM "degree" in chess. Such a "degree" is highly valued by finance (and non-finance) employers (no kidding). Why else would promising American chess players just disappear in their late teens.
Jan-02-12  Knight13: <jsy> My mistake.

Now I'm beginning to wonder if he even goes to Yale.

Jan-04-12  Caissanist: Good result at Groningen, tying for first with Ukraninan GM Alexander Kovchan: .
Mar-11-12  nolanryan: strong player for the US. awesome for us to have someone this strong on the reserve board at the olympiad. If only Caruana would represent his home country....
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  keypusher: Here's to the POTD! I've liked him ever since I came across this game.

R Hess vs Y Shulman, 2009

Apr-15-12  BlackSheep: Robert Lee Hess , sounds like a Civil War Nazi .
Oct-03-12  waustad: Somebody posted on another site that he'd retired from chess, but he's playing in the US Chess League now:
Aug-01-14  Xeroxx: His games are also available at
Dec-19-14  waustad: Happy birthday. The games mentioned in the previous post are video games, not chess games. He plays only occasionally now, with his last FIDE rated games some blitz early this summer.
May-23-15  TheFocus: <The psychological aspect of chess may be my strongest point. You cannot think how a win will affect your tournament result. Only think about one game at a time, and not how a result will help or hurt you. It is okay to win, lose, or draw a game. It happens. You cannot get stuck on a single-game result> - Robert Hess.
May-23-15  TheFocus: If this man had a chess column, the title "Hess on Chess" suggests itself.
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  Messiah: His opening as Black in the 1st round of US Chess Online Qualifier, against Mr. Lenderman, is a tiny bit insane, but, interestingly, he is not terribly worse:

1. c4 b6 2. d4 Bb7 3. Nf3 e6 4. g3 Bb4+ 5. Nbd2 Bxf3 6. exf3 Ne7 7. a3 Bxd2+ 8. Bxd2 O-O 9. Bd3 Nbc6 10. Bc3 d5 11. O-O dxc4 12. Bxc4 Qd6 13. Qd3 and the attack on d4 rages wild.

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  MissScarlett: Informative Q&A:
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  eternaloptimist: Happy 30th birthday to GM Robert Hess! I met him a few years ago @ the St. Louis Chess Club during a U S Championship. I sat in a room w/ some ppl listening to him & GM Eric Hansen give live commentary to the games. The live commentary was restricted to that room & was not broadcasted online. Both of them did a great job. Now I enjoy listening to their commentary on twitch (Hansen for chessbrah) & (Hess). I met both of them & got their autographs. Robert is a 😎 & humorous guy & he’s 1 of my favorite chess players <MissScarlett> thx for that link! I’m going to read that article!
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  MissScarlett: Do you think Robert would be happy for us to take down his middle name?
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  eternaloptimist: Ah so u r referring to Robert E Lee’s statue being taken down in Richmond, Virginia. Perhaps so 🤔...I’ll ask him if I get the chance 😉
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  OhioChessFan: <Hess was also a linebacker for Stuyvesant High School's junior varsity team in New York City.>

Probably the most random sentence of any bio on the site....

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  HeMateMe: I'm most surprised that Stuyvesant, a geek 'genius' school in NYC even has a football team.
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