Aleksandr Ostrovskiy was born in 1996 in Moscow, Russia. Five years later, his family immigrated to Brooklyn, New York, where he was raised and have lived since. Around this time, he engaged in an unusual communication method with his grandfather who was still living in Moscow: correspondence chess through e-mail. Taught the game by his father at a young age, Aleksandr attended a chess school for kids and played with his relatives as a hobby. However, after he showed quick progres, chess started to become a more serious affair and he began competing in tournaments.
With the support of family and coaches, Aleksandr made headway into the chess world by attaining the title of national master at the age of 13, the title of FIDE Master at the age of 14, and the title of international master at the age of 17. Consistently ranked among the top 100 players in the United States, Aleksandr achieved his peak ranking of 53rd in the United States with a rating of 2535.
Aside from these accomplishments, another few things to note are the nine national, five state and eight scholastic champion titles. He also set the record as the youngest New York State Champion at the young age of 14 while clenching the title as the first person in history to win the New York City Elementary, Junior High and High School Championships.
Currently Aleksandr is conducting a freshman at Baruch College. In addition to continuing to compete in chess tournaments, he has also branched out as a chess instructor. Operating both privately and in schools, he coaches all ages and skill levels to spread his passion for chess to others.