Arturs has won the Latvian Chess Championship in 1999, 2011, 2015, and 2019. He won the Baltic Sea Junior Championship in 2001 and the Aivars Gipslis Memorial tournament in 2002. Arturs represented Latvia in 6 Chess Olympiads ranging from 2000 to 2018.
Igor has achieved the title of Latvian Champion twice, winning the title in 2013 and 2014. In 2016, he placed second in the European Individual Chess Championship in Gjakova. He has represented Latvia at three different Chess Olympiads in 2014, 2016, and 2018.
Grigoriy Oparin is a Russian grandmaster who received his title by FIDE in 2013. That same year he was on the Russian team that won silver in the World Youth Under-16 Chess Olympiad. He has won the Russian Junior Championship, Russian Higher League, and was the best player at the Nutcracker Match of the Generations in Moscow.
The International Master title is an achievement in chess that can elude serious potential chess professionals for years. Some never achieve the title, but Brandon only needed the month of June to score all three of the required norms. To achieve this, he traveled from Charlotte to New York and finally to Philadelphia with only a few days of rest in between each event. Brandon then set his sights on the GM title, scoring his first norm in February. Jacobson won the 2016 Barber tournament of K-8 Champions. Brandon lives in Westfield, New Jersey.
The 2018 Summer Chess Classic shall be a 10-player tournament paired as a Round Robin.
Prompt Arrival: Players are expected to arrive promptly for their games. Players not at their board at the beginning of each round may receive a fine of $500 to be deducted from their prize for each occurrence. Players more than 30 (thirty) minutes late for a round shall forfeit that round. Players who withdraw or forfeit a game may not receive any prize money.