Mika learned how to play chess at age 6, and by 10, he had already won a college scholarship by placing first at the 2009 K-5 Chess Super National Championship. He was a participant in the 2014 U.S. Cadet Championship, and the winner of the 2014 83rd Massachusetts Open, where he had victories against two former champions, Alexander Ivanov and Robert Perez. He also placed first in the Denker Tournament of High School Champions in Indianapolis last August. This will be Mika’s second appearance at the U.S. Junior Championship in Saint Louis.