Alex began playing chess at age five. After going 5 and 0 at his first tournament, his passion for chess began. During the 2009 Supernationals IV, his first-place team finish and third place individual finish in the K3 section netted him a college scholarship. In 2013, he took first place in the U14 section at the North America Youth Chess Championships, earning an FIDE Master (FM) title at age 13. His most recent accomplishments include winning the U2300 section at the National Open two summers ago and passing 2400, as well as winning the 2017 Junior Open last summer. Alex will be a freshman at the University of California Berkeley this fall, and this is his first time playing at the U.S. Junior Championship Tournament in Saint Louis.