Daniel was born on November 9, 1995, in San Mateo, California, and learned how to play chess when he was six-and-a-half years old. He started to take serious chess lessons shortly thereafter, and has since studied with a number of famous grandmasters, including his current coach, GM Lev Psakhis from Israel.
Daniel is currently a senior at Crystal Spring Uplands School in Hillsborough, California.
Besides playing competitive chess, Daniel is an active ambassador for scholastic chess in the United States; he gives simuls to kids and adults in schools and senior centers, and has been featured in numerous TV and newspaper interviews and articles (both local and national). He has also given numerous talks to chess clubs in local schools.
Daniel has many interests: history, music, foreign languages, art, and mathematics. However, most of his "spare" time is devoted to the study of chess. He is an avid researcher of historical chess facts. In the words of one of his coaches: “His pure love for the game of chess is enormous.”
Daniel earned an invitation to the 2014 U.S. Championship by winning the 2013 U.S. Junior Closed Championship.