Grandmaster Andrey Baryshpolets is from Kyiv, Ukraine. GM Baryshpolets obtained his title as Grandmaster in 2013. His most significant chess achievements are: the Ukrainian champion under 18 in 2008, winner of Lone Star Open 2018, Winter Chess Classic-B 2017, Golden State Open 2017, Delhi Open 2015, co-winner of Southwest Open 2018, prize-winner of Benasque 2016, and A.Margaryan memorial 2013. He is pursuing a PhD degree in Agricultural & Applied Economics at Texas Tech University. As the member of TTU chess team, Andrey became the Pan-American Intercollegiate champion in 2015, 2 time Southwest Collegiate champion (2017-2018) and 3 time qualifier for the Final Four (2016-2018).
Grandmaster Steingrímsson is an Icelandic chess grandmaster. He won the World U12 Chess Championship in 1987. In 1990, at the age of 15, he won the Icelandic Chess Championship, and became a 3 time winner with titles in 2011, 2015. He earned his international master title in 1994 and his grandmaster title in 2007. He is the No. 1 ranked Icelandic player as of October 2017.
Grandmaster Bai was born in Jilin, China in 1999. He started learning chess at the age of 5 and, at nine years old, he joined the Chinese national youth team and won WYCC U10 title in the following year. Bai earned 3 GM norms from three consecutive tournaments in December 2014 and achieved his GM title at the age of 15. One year after, he won the Chinese individual group B championship, the third place in 2016 and second place in 2018 of group A. He also won many open tournaments worldwide such as Cannes Open, Zadar Open, Groningen Open, and North American Open, etc. His current rating is 2572.
Cristian is a four time Romanian Junior Championship winner. In April of 2015, Cristian won the World Youth Championship for 16 and under. In 2010 he received a full-ride scholarship to the University of Texas in Dallas and would go on to win the Millionaire Chess Open in the under 2550 rating group.
Chirila was also a part of Fabiano Caruana’s team that won the 2018 Candidates Tournament and followed him to the World Chess Championship match against Magnus Carlsen in London in November 2018. Chirila streams on twitch.tv on the channel "chesschilla" and he plays on chess.com under the pseudonym "TheCount."
Denis Kadric is a Bosnian grandmaster who currently lives in the capital of Bosnia, Sarajevo. Denis learned how to play chess when he was 5 years old, taught by his father, and played his first tournament when he was 9 years old. In 2012, he became the European Rapid and Blitz champion in the U-16 category. From 2014 till 2018, he attended the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) where he received a full ride scholarship and got his bachelor’s degree in Finance. In 2017, he won 2 strong international tournaments in a row. The first was the Bosna Open 2017 in June, followed by the Paracin Open (Serbia) in July. He has played in the last 4 Olympiads for his country and on his first Olympiad (Istanbul 2012), he made his final GM norm. In the last Olympiad (Batumi 2018), he played on the first board. Currently, he is a professional chess player and coach.
Nikolas Theodorou is an 18 year old International Master from Greece. He is ranked 8th in Greece and has represented his country in many junior events. One of his most notable achievements is having won the Greek championship in his age group five times. He is currently residing in Saint Louis, majoring in Engineering Physics at SLU.
Grandmaster Kaidanov was born in Berdychiv, Ukrainian SSR, USSR. In 1960, he moved to Kaliningrad, Russian. He learned chess from his father when he was 6 years of age. Kaidanov was a member of US national team in 6 World Chess Olympiads and 3 World Team Championships, winning team Gold (Lucerne, Switzerland 1993), Silver (Lucerne,1997 and Elista, Russia, 1998) and Bronze (Erevan, Armenia 1996). He also won an individual Gold medal in Lucerne 1997 and individual Silver medal in Calvia, Spain in 2004.
Gregory won more than 30 international chess tournaments, including every major American open (World Open, US Open, National Open, Chicago Open, etc) and the first edition of very prestigious Aeroflot Open in Moscow in 2002. He was inducted into the United States Chess Hall of Fame in 2013. Kaidanov has resided in Lexington, Kentucky since 1991, where he coaches the chess team at Sayre School.
Aleksey is from Barnaul, Russia. Aleksey Sorokin started playing chess at the age of 8. In 2016, he took 3rd place in U16 Youth European Championship. In 2017, at the age of 17, he won the Russian U20 Chess Championship. In the December 2018, Aleksey took 3rd place in the final of the Russian Cup. In January of 2019, he moved to the United States to attend Texas Tech University at Lubbock on a chess scholarship; he is currently majoring in Computer Science.