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In Texas, Hess Wins First Place; Earns Second Norm Print E-mail
March 21, 2009
Robert Hess
At the SPICE Spring Invitational (March 16-22, Lubbock, Texas), 17-year-old Robert Hess has clinched first place and earned his second GM norm, with a fantastic 7/9 score. The tournament is a double round robin, so there is still one round to go. The other star American junior in the event, Ray Robson, has 4/9.

The decisive game for Hess's norm was a win with Black over Timur Gareev in round seven.

 Hess's other major successes included earning his first norm in the 2008 Foxwoods Open and winning the U.S. Junior Championship in 2006. Look for further details on Hess's success in Texas on uschess.org soon.

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