Born in guam, Robson and his family moved to Florida when he was still a toddler. It was in Florida where he learned to play chess when he was just three years old. From 2004 to 2007, Robson finished in the top 10 at the World Youth Championships. He won the Super- Nationals in 2005, first place in the 2005 and 2006 Pan-american Youth Championships, the 2009 U.S. Junior Championship, and the 2009 world Team Championship. In 2008, Ray won his first major tournament at the Miami open, and later that year broke Hikaru Nakamura’s record by becoming the youngest American GM (14 years, 11 months and 16 days).
Robson attends Webster University, where he won the 2012 SPICE Cup Open, and helped the Webster team win three consecutive National titles.