Matyas Marek is a 19 year old International Master from the Czech Republic. He has participated in many national and international chess tournaments. Matyas won the Czech National Championship in youth categories multiple times. On the international stage, he placed in the top 20 on multiple events including 5th place in the World Youth Chess Championship U18 in Greece 2015 and was part of the Czech national team that achieved the 3rd place on the European Youth Team Chess Championship U18. Matyas gained his IM title in 2016 and currently studies as a Computer Science major at UMBC, in Maryland, where he also plays for the university chess team.
Vincent started his chess journey four and half years ago at the age of 9. He fell in love with chess the moment he touched the chessboard and began to put his fighting spirit into the chessboard. He harvested National Master title in March 2017. He also represented the USA Chess Team and won the championship in 2017 at the World Cadet Chess Championship U12 held in Brazil. In March 2018, Vincent won first place in 51st New York State Scholastic Championships held in Saratoga, New York and later represented New York State to the Barber tournament held in Wisconsin Madison. Vincent is currently working his way toward International Master.
Dinara is originally from Elista, Russia, but now live and study in Moscow. She won the Russian youth championship among girls 5 times in different age groups (U10, U12, U16, U20) and was a bronze medalist at the U16 team Olympiad in Mongolia in 2015. In 2016, she took 3rd place in the World Junior Championship in India at the age of 17. Recently, one month ago, Dordzhieva shared 1-2 places in Russian Women Rapid Championship in Sochi, taking the silver medal by Buchholz. At the same time, she won the bronze medal in Women Blitz Championship. In the team section (I was playing for 'SHSM Legacy Square Capita'), her team took 1 place in blitz, 2 place in rapid. At the 2018 Saint Louis Invitational, Dordzhieva hopes to get her last WGM norm.
Williams, a student at Webster University, has already accomplished many impressive feats over the board. He earned his IM and FM norms while still in High School and then went on to win the 2013 US Junior Open. He is currently rated 2335 FIDE.
Carissa Yip has been on a record-shattering pace ever since she started her first rated tournament at age 7. At age 9, she became the youngest girl ever to reach the title of Expert. Two years later, she broke the record for youngest female to achieve the title of National Master at the age of 11 years, 5 months, and 18 days. She is the current US Girls’ Junior Champion. She got one IM norm earlier this year and is seeking her second IM norm.
Arjun is an International Master originally from India. He has a string of accomplishments to his name include: becoming an International Master by 16 years of age, British Junior chess champion 2001 in Scarborough, United Kingdom, National G/60 Chess Champion of the United States, 2006; tieing for runner-up in the World Open (U2400), and won his second IM Norm, United States, June 2007, and becoming the champion in the First Saturday IM A Tournament. He won his final IM Norm from Budapest, Hungary in July 2007.