This win turned out to make the difference in the competition for the the top medal on first board as Max didn't lose another game and finished 5.5-1.5. As none of Eric Rosen or Matt Wilber's opponents finished with scores that good, Robert ended up getting the edge on tie break points.
In the last round, Robert played White against Stevenson's 2043 rated senior Kent Cen. Again Robert found himself in a tough position out of the opening, and again he defended well. The game wound up in a king and pawn ending where Kent played an instinctive move with less than ten seconds on his clock that turned out to be the losing move.
Black to play and draw. Kent instinctively played to get his king in front of the White pawns with the natural looking 56...Ke4?? which lost to 57.Kc4 Ke5 58.Kb5 Kd6 59. Kxb6. He could have drawn with 56...Ke2! 57.Kc4 Kd2, when White has nothing better than 58.Kb5 Kc3 59.Kxb6 Kb4=.