2017 Match of the Millennials

Nurgyul Salimova

Title: 
Women's FIDE Master
Rating: 
2332
Residence: 
Bulgaria
Age: 
14
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

Nurgyul is a Woman FIDE Master and will be competing in the U14 section. 

Praggnanandhaa Ramesh Babu

Title: 
International Master
Rating: 
2479
Residence: 
India
Age: 
12
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

Praggnanandhaa is a International Master from India and will be competing in the U14 section. He is considered to be one of the biggest prodigies of this generation. He won the U-8 World Youth Championship in 2013 and the U-10 World Youth Championship in 2015. Praggnanandhaa made history by becoming the youngest ever IM in history at the age of 10 years, 10 months and 9 days old. His goal is to become the youngest GM in history.

Andrey Esipenko

Title: 
FIDE Master
Rating: 
2523
Residence: 
Russia
Age: 
15
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

Andrey is a FIDE Master from Russia and he will be playing in the U17 section. One major accomplisment in his chess career was winning the U12 European Championship.

Aryan Chopra

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2491
Residence: 
India
Age: 
16
Status: 
Invited
Bio: 

Aryan is a Grandmaster from India. He will be playing in the U17 section. When Aryan was 5, he was hit by a car that left him with stitches and rendered him home bound. With all of his free time, he started playing chess. He then went on to win his first tournament, the Delhi U-7 Championship. He earned his first GM norm in 2015 and his final norm in 2016. He was granted the title in 2017.

Anton Smirnov

Title: 
International Master
Rating: 
2594
Residence: 
Australia
Age: 
16
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

Anton Smirnov achieved his International Master title at the 3rd quarter Presidential Board Meeting in August 2014. IM Smirnov is currently ranked 1st in Australia, 2nd in Asia, and 5th in the world in the under 16 age group. He was profiled on chessbase.com as a prodigy. When he was only 13 years old, he represented Australia in the 2014 Olympiad in Tromso and scored 7.5/9. In the 2016 Olympiad in Baku, he scored 8.5/10 and picked up two double GM norms.

Hayk Martirosyan

Title: 
International Master
Rating: 
2544
Residence: 
Armenia
Age: 
17
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

IM Martirosyan is currently ranked 1st in Armenia, 3rd in the continent of Europe, and 14th in the world in the under 18 category. He achieved his title as International Master title at the 4th quarter Presidential Board Meeting 2015. In 2016, he won the U16 World Youth Championship.

Aleksei Sarana

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2510
Residence: 
Russia
Age: 
17
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

Alexsei is a Russian Grandmaster and will be competing in the U17 section. 

Jeffery Xiong

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2665
Residence: 
U.S.A.
Age: 
17
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

At age 17, Jeffery Xiong already has had an impressive list of results: the 2010 Under-10 North America Continental Champion, a silver medalist in the 2010 Under-10 World Youth Chess Championships, 2013 MVP of the United States Chess League for his perfect record in regular season for the Dallas Destiny, 2015 Chicago Open Champion, and 6th place finish in the strongest U.S. Championship in history (2016), He was recently awarded the 2016 U.S. Outstanding Player Achievement Award by USCF. In 2016 Xiong won the U.S. Closed Junior Championship, and is currently the highest rated player under eighteen years of age in the U.S. and the second highest rated player under eighteen in the world. Xiong recently placed 11th in the 2017 U.S. Chess Championship.

John Michael Burke

Title: 
International Master
Rating: 
2479
Residence: 
U.S.A.
Age: 
16
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

John started playing chess at age 6 and competing in tournaments at age 8. In 2015, at 14-years-old, John broke an impressive record: youngest ever to reach a 2600 rating. He is currently the #3 rated chess player under the age of 16 in the United States. He recently competed in St. Louis at the 2017 Saint Louis Winter Invitational. This will be his first appearance at the U.S. Junior Championship tournament.

Sam Sevian

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2574
Residence: 
U.S.A.
Age: 
16
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

 

Sam Sevian is an American chess prodigy. He holds the record for the youngest ever United States Grandmaster at the age of 13 years, 10 months, and 27 days. He also holds the record for the youngest ever United States International Master at 12 years and 10 months; and the youngest National Master in USCF history at 9 years, 11 months, and 23 days. In 2012, he became World Champion in the U12 category. He achieved a 2500 FIDE rating during the Saint Louis GM Norm Invitational tournament with an impressive outcome of 7.5/9.
 

Sevian made his first appearance at the U.S. Chess Championships in Saint Louis, Missouri in 2013 as the youngest ever participant. There, Sevian placed in a shared 14th position out of 24 total players with a score of 4/9, beating out several grandmasters. He returned for another U.S. Chess Championships in 2015 and shared fifth place ahead of several well-known names in the chess world including Wesley So, a world top ten ranked player. His overall performance in the championship earned him a spot in the 2015 Chess World Cup.


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