2019 Winter Chess Classic

Justin Wang

Title: 
International Master
Rating: 
2453
Federation: 
USA
Age: 
14
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

Justin started to play chess when he was seven years old. In 2015, just three years after the start of his chess career, he became a USCF National Master. He has previously played well in Saint Louis, winning the 2017 Saint Louis Invitational after defeating IM Torres Rosas and scoring his first IM norm. Justin then went on to score a second IM norm at the 2018 World Open and came back to Saint Louis to score his third and final IM norm by winning the IM section of the Saint Louis Invitational. Besides chess, Justin enjoys math and music.


Christopher Yoo

Title: 
International Master
Rating: 
2439
Federation: 
USA
Age: 
13
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

Christopher Yoo is a 13-year old Korean-American FIDE master who learned how to play chess shortly before he turned 7 and became the youngest master in US history at the age of 9 years and 11 months.  He is currently among the world’s highest-rated 13-year olds. He earned his International Master title after scoring his final norm in January at the 2019 Bay Area International tournament. He has won the North American Youth Champion for under 16 and recently became the youngest State Champion in California history, beating the old record set by then 16-year old Sam Shankland.  Christopher is a member of the San Jose Hackers of the PRO Chess League and does commentary for their online broadcasts when he’s not playing for the team. 


Melik Khachiyan

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2505
Federation: 
USA
Age: 
49
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

Melik received his IM title in 1994. In 2001, he moved to the U.S. In 2006, he received his Grandmaster title. His best achievements include playing in the 1996 Olympiad in Yerevan Armenia and the 1997 World Team Championship (for Armenian Team). Melik has been a professional coach since 1990, training even super GM Levon Aronian from 1991-1997. He also coached talented youths in Armenia before he left, including GM T.Petrosian, GM T.Gharamian, GM A.Pashikian,and many others. After moving to the U.S., Melik has played in many prestigious events, including several U.S. Championships. He had his best result in the 2007 U.S. Championship. In 2010, he was invited to coach the U.S. Women’s National Team. Currently, he is well known as a coach on www.chess.com.

Elshan Moradiabadi

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2552
Federation: 
USA
Age: 
34
Status: 
Accepted
Synopsis: 
Bio: 

Elshan Moradiabadi learned the game of chess at the age of seven and earned his GM title as an Iranian in 2005. Before that, Moradiabadi won the Iranian championship in 2001. Elshan was the top player in Iran for a period of three (non-consecutive) years. Elshan moved to the U.S. in 2012 and has played for the U.S. federation since 2017. Elshan spent five years at Texas Tech, during which he won the Pan American Championships and one final four with the Texas Tech chess team. He also earned two Masters degree during this period. Elshan currently resides in Durham, North Carolina where he teaches chess to youngsters and talented players. Elshan loves to watch movies, read books, and learn about different sciences.


Emilio Cordova

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2571
Federation: 
PER
Age: 
28
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

 

Emilio Córdova Daza is a Grand Master of Peruvian chess, a title that he earned in 2008. He started playing chess at age 8 with his father.  At age 9 he won the Pan American Chess Championship in 2001. In 2005, he became the youngest International Master of Peru and South America until Jorge Cori Tello broke the record. By 2008, both Emilio Cordova Daza and Julio Granda were considered the foremost experts of the sport in Peru.


Sergey Erenburg

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2581
Federation: 
USA
Age: 
36
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

Grandmaster Sergey Erenburg began playing chess when he was six years old and has ranked as 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. 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.

Sergei Azarov

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2586
Federation: 
BLR
Age: 
36
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

Sergei Azarov is a Grandmaster from Belarus. He graduated from the Republic College of Olympic Reserve in 2002, became a Grandmaster in 2003, and graduated from the Belarusian State University of Physical Education in 2006. Azarov won the Belarus Chess Championship in 2001 and 2002. At the 2003 U-20 World Championship in Azerbaijan, he took second place and  won the fifth Istanbul Chess Festival in 2006. Azarov has also won the 3rd Annual Continental Class Championships in Arlington, Virginia in 2012; tied for 1st in the Cappelle-la-Grande Open in 2014; won the Chess Club Championships in Belarus, Ukraine, Turkey, Slovakia; won the Washington International Chess Tournament in 2014; won the New York International in 2015; won the Empire City Open in 2017; and took part in 5 Chess Olympiads (2000-2008). He has been playing for the Czech Chess Club “Beskydska Sachova Skola” Frydek-Mistek for more than 10 years. Additionally, Azarov was a participant of the Chess World Cup in 2011 and 2013.


Suri Vaibhav

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2597
Federation: 
IND
Age: 
22
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

Suri is a 22 year old grandmaster from New Delhi, India. He is currently ranked as the 14th strongest player in India, and is just 3 points away from crossing the 2600 barrier. He is the top rated player competing in the B group.

Viktor Erdos

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2604
Federation: 
HUN
Age: 
32
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

Viktor is a 2600+ level grandmaster hailing from Hungary. In 2011, he placed first in the Hungarian Chess Championship. This is Viktor’s first invitational tournament at the Saint Louis Chess Club.

Daniel Naroditsky

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2613
Federation: 
USA
Age: 
23
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

Grandmaster Daniel Naroditsky first learned the rules of chess at six years old, and it was not long before he was paving his professional future -- eventually becoming a three-time U.S. Scholastic champion, earning a gold medal at the World U12 championship in 2007 and winning the U.S. Junior championship in 2013. Naroditsky is  the youngest published chess author in history -- now with two titles to his name. Recently, he has taken up livestreaming on Twitch, and has garnered a substantial following due to his online blitz and bullet prowess.

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