The Field

Andrey Baryshpolets

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2580
Federation: 
Ukraine
Age: 
28
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

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).

Hedinn Steingrimsson

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2573
Federation: 
Iceland
Age: 
44
Status: 
Invited
Bio: 

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.

Jinshi Bai

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2572
Federation: 
China
Age: 
19
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

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.

Julio Sadorra

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2568
Federation: 
Philippines
Age: 
32
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

Grandmaster Sadorra is a Filipino chess grandmaster. He competed in the FIDE World Cup in 2017. Sadorra has represented the Philippines at the Chess Olympiad since 2014. He tied for first place in the U.S. Open Chess Championship in 2013. In 2009, he moved to the United States to attend the University of Texas at Dallas on a chess scholarship, graduating in 2013 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. He received the title of Grandmaster while pursuing his studies.

Cristian Chirila

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2566
Federation: 
Romania
Age: 
28
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

Grandmaster Chirila won the Romanian Junior Championship when he was 10 years old and repeated this achievement the following year in Romanian Junior Championship 12 years and younger. Chirila won two more Romanian Junior Championships in 2006 and 2009. He participated in the Junior European Junior Championship team, winning two medals for individual results: gold (2008, on the first board) and silver (2006, on the second board). In 2007, Chirila became World Youth Champion in the U-16 age group. In 2010, he was awarded a full ride scholarship at the University of Texas at Dallas. Other chess achievements include, finishing runner up in the Philadelphia Open in 2015, winning the Millionaire Chess Open in the u-2550 rating group in 2016, and winning the National open tournament in 2018. In February 2018, Chirila played in the Professional Rapid Online tournament for the team San Jose Hackers.

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."

Nikolas Theodorou

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2546
Federation: 
Greece
Age: 
18
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

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.

Gregory Kaidanov

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2544
Federation: 
USA
Age: 
59
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

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 Sorokin

Title: 
FIDE Master
Rating: 
2531
Federation: 
Russia
Age: 
18
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

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.

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