The Fields

Chris Repka

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2524
Federation: 
SVK
Age: 
23
Bio: 

Chris Repka is a Slovak chess Grandmaster. He is a two time Slovak chess champion, winning the Slovak Chess Championship in 2017 and 2018. Repka is currently a student and chess team member at the University of Missouri Columbia.

Vladimir Belous

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2516
Federation: 
FIDE
Age: 
28
Bio: 

When he was only 18 years old, GM Vladimir Belous, an untitled player at the time, took home first place at the Moscow Open in February 2011. During the same year, Belous obtained his International Master title, and went on to earn his Grandmaster title in 2013. He is currently a student and chess team member at the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley.

Viktor Matviishen

Title: 
International Master
Rating: 
2510
Federation: 
UKR
Age: 
20
Bio: 

Viktor Matviishen is an Ukranian chess International Master. He has won the Ukrainian Youth Chess Championships in different age groups, including the European Youth Chess U12 Championship in 2013 and 2014. In 2016, he set a record of winning Ukrainian Youth Chess Championships in the U16 age group in classical chess, fast chess and blitz chess. Matviishen is currently a student and chess team member at Texas Tech University.

David Brodsky

Title: 
International Master
Rating: 
2477
Federation: 
USA
Age: 
19
Bio: 

David Brodsky learned to play chess at the age of 6 and started taking chess lessons when he was 7. He became a National Master and FIDE Master at 11 and an International Master at 14. He earned his third Grandmaster norm at the 2019 US Masters but hasn’t reached 2500 FIDE. Brodsky won the 2014 North American Youth Championships and the 2018 US Cadets Championships and played on board 1 for the US at the 2018 World U16 Olympiad. He has won or tied for first in several open tournaments and earned 6th place in 2019 US Chess Grand Prix. Outside of chess, Brodsky is a computer science and mathematics double major in the Computing Honors Program at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he is a member of the collegiate chess team.

Ivan Schitco

Title: 
International Master
Rating: 
2466
Federation: 
MDA
Age: 
19
Bio: 

Ivan Schitco is an Moldovian chess International Master. He is currently a student and chess team member at University of Texas, Dallas.

Balaji Daggupati

Title: 
International Master
Rating: 
2463
Federation: 
USA
Age: 
17
Bio: 

Balaji Daggupati is an American chess International Master.

Joshua Ruiz

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2454
Federation: 
COL
Age: 
24
Bio: 

Joshua Daniel Ruiz Castillo is a Colombian chess Grandmaster. He was awarded the title of Grandmaster in 2019. Ruiz Castillo won the Colombian Chess Championship in 2014, becoming the youngest Colombian champion ever. Ruiz is currently a student and chess team member at the University of Texas, Dallas.

Joshua Posthuma

Title: 
FIDE Master
Rating: 
2404
Federation: 
USA
Age: 
22
Bio: 

Joshua Posthuma is an American chess FIDE Master. He is a 3-time Michigan State Chess CHampion. 

Aaron Grabinsky

Title: 
International Master
Rating: 
2401
Federation: 
USA
Age: 
24
Bio: 

Aaron Grabinsky is an American chess International Master. Some of his greatest chess successes include winning the Master’s category in the 2016 US Open with 7/9; placing 4th in the 2016 North American Youth Championships with 6/9; and equal first in the 2017 Chicago Class Championships with 4.5/5.

Evan Park

Title: 
FIDE Master
Rating: 
2397
Federation: 
USA
Age: 
15
Bio: 

Evan Park is an American chess FIDE Master

Konstantin Kavutskiy

Title: 
International Master
Rating: 
2395
Federation: 
USA
Age: 
30
Bio: 

Konstantin (Kostya) Kavutskiy is an American chess International Master. He is a successful coach, writer, and content creator. In 2015, Kostya's first book, Modernized: The Open Sicilian, was published, with co-author IM Zhanibek Amanov. Kostya is currently in pursuit of the Grandmaster title and works for several organizations, including BayAreaChess, Chess University, Chess.com, & Metropolitan Chess.

Josiah Stearman

Title: 
International Master
Rating: 
2388
Federation: 
USA
Age: 
19
Bio: 

Josiah Stearman is an American chess International Master. He is a multiple time State Champion and All-American designee.

Matyas Marek

Title: 
International Master
Rating: 
2366
Federation: 
CZE
Age: 
23
Bio: 

Matyas Marek is an Czech chess International Master. He is currently a student and chess team member at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova

Title: 
Woman Grandmaster
Rating: 
2335
Federation: 
USA
Age: 
22
Bio: 

Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova is a American chess Woman Grandmaster. She was born in Uzbekistan and has been playing chess since 5 years old. In 2009, she won triple gold at the Asian Girls' Championship, with gold medals in Classical, Rapid, and Blitz. In 2011, Gulrukhbegim won a bronze medal at the World Youth Chess Championship in the U12 section. In 2015, she won the Asian Girls Championship in the U20 section. She was the winner of the 2018 Uzbekistan Women Chess Championship. Gulrukhbegim played for Uzbekistan in 2 Women's Chess Olympiads (2016, 2018). In 2019, She moved to the U.S. and joined the chess team at University of Missouri. She is currently studying Business with an emphasis on Marketing.

Alice Lee

Title: 
FIDE Master
Rating: 
2334
Federation: 
USA
Age: 
13
Bio: 

Alice Lee is an American chess FIDE Master. She is a two-time gold medalist at the World Cadet Chess Championship, started playing chess at the age of 6. She improved quickly, becoming a US chess expert at 8 and a National Master at 10. At the national level, Alice was a two-time champion at the National Girls Championship in 2017 (U8 section) and 2019 (U18 section). In 2019, Alice became the gold medalist at the World Cadet Championship in the Girls U10 section. She obtained another gold medal in the 2020 World Cadet Championship (online) in the Girls U12 section. Outside of competitive chess, Alice co-hosts "Alice's Pawn Palace" show with FM Mike Klein at ChessKid.com. Her daily routine includes running one mile, watching nesting barn swallows, and solving a few contest math problems.

Gabriela Antova

Title: 
Woman International Master
Rating: 
2282
Federation: 
BLG
Age: 
22
Bio: 

Gabriela Antova is an Bulgarian chess Woman International Master. She is currently a student and chess team member at Saint Louis University.

Jennifer Yu

Title: 
FIDE Master
Rating: 
2257
Federation: 
USA
Age: 
20
Bio: 

Jennifer Yu is an American chess FIDE Master. She has participated in three World Youth Chess Championships. In 2014, Yu took home a gold medal at the World Youth Championship in the Girls U12 section. She was the first American to do so in 27 years. She has also won the National Girls Tournament of Champions three times, and competed on the U.S. Women’s Olympiad team for the first time in 2018. Last year, Yu had an unbelievable performance at the US Women’s Championship; scoring 10/11 points and winning the tournament by a wide margin.

Ezra Chambers

Title: 
FIDE Master
Rating: 
2238
Federation: 
BDI
Age: 
21
Bio: 

Ezra Chambers is an Burundi chess FIDE Master. He was born in Japan, raised in Florida and Burundi, East Africa, and now live in Pacifica, California. Chambers lived in Tokyo for the first ten years of his life and started playing chess in first grade. In Florida, he became interested in robotics and electronics and did his schooling and working at The Greenbot Company, a robotics company his Dad founded. From there, Chambers family moved to Burundi. He went to the school his dad started next to Lake Tanganyika. Chambers had the opportunity to play chess all over Africa, and received his Fide Master title in Tanzania. He then stayed for half a year in Israel before fully immigrating to the United States. Chambers quickly became a member of the Mechanics Institute and he hopes to take his chess even further in Saint Louis.

Julian Proleiko

Title: 
National Master
Rating: 
2215
Federation: 
USA
Age: 
23
Bio: 

Julian Proleiko is an American chess National Master. Some of his more impressive performances include scoring 6/7 in the 2300 section of the Chicago Open as well as scoring 5/9 in the Moscow Open A group.

Pedro Rodriguez

Title: 
International Master
Rating: 
2199
Federation: 
CUB
Age: 
60
Bio: 

Pedro Rodriguez is an Cuban chess International Master.