IM Praveen Balakrishnan is the 2017 and 2018 Denker Champion and is also the current Virginia State Champion. Praveen also won the Cadet Championship in 2016. He also led his high school team, Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology of Virginia, to Championship titles in both blitz and main categories at the National High School Championships held in Columbus, Ohio this year. He won the individual blitz title in the event as well. Currently, he is a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology.