Grandmaster Sergey Erenburg began playing chess when he was six years old and has ranked one of the top 20 players in the USA for the past decade. Sergey grew up in Russia, where he consistently placed as one of the top youth players before immigrating to Israel at the age of 15.
While living in Israel, Erenburg won the under 16, 18, and 20 Israeli championship titles, and proceeded with earning his GM title as a 20-year old in 2003. By the end of his 3-year military service, Erenburg won the Israeli Championship in 2004, followed by helping the Israeli National team to win the silver medal at the European Team Championship and making it to the 1/32 final at the World Cup in 2005. In 2006, Sergey decided to pursue an academic degree in the USA, not before taking 9th place at the Blitz World Championship in August 2006.
Erenburg earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Math and Finance from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) from 2007 through 2011, and during that time led the chess program to multiple national titles. Sergey went on to earn an additional master’s degree in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. While working in the financial industry since 2013, Erenburg continued to play competitively and won countless major events, including National Chess Congress (2012 shared, 2014, 2016 (shared), 2018 shared), World Open (2013; shared), North American Open (2014 shared), Continental Class Championship (2012, 2016, both shared), and more.