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. Over the past few years, Cristian has worked to build an elite collegiate team as the head chess coach at the University of Mizzou. He is a regular at the Saint Louis Chess Club, and frequently commentates over top-level events.