Aaron is currently a FIDE master needing 12 rating points and 1 IM norm for the title! He has won many Oregon junior state championships and have attended the World Youth, the North American Youth, and multiple other national scholastic events. Since entering college, Aaron have won the Chicago Class Championships and made two IM norms (at the 2016 SPICE Cup and the 2017 Chicago Open).
Tatev Abrahamyan started playing chess at 8 after her father took her to the Chess Olympiad games in 1996. There she met Grandmaster Judit Polgar, arguably the greatest woman player of all time and the only woman in the tournament. Tatev is a formidable competitor. At the 2010 U.S. Women's Championship, she played her heart out to a fantastic 7/9 score, which would usually be enough to net first place, but actually put her in a tie for second place, half a point behind Irina Krush. Tatev's strong play and fighting qualities in 2010 earned her the 9 Queens/goddess chess fighting spirit award, which was selected by former Women's World Champion, Alexandra Kosteniuk. At the 2011 U.S. Women's Championship, Tatev turned in a remarkable performance, falling just short to Anna Zatonskih in the playoff finals to finish in second place. That same year, Abrahamyan graduated from California State University Long Beach with a double-major in psychology and political science. Tatev is still a strong competitor at the U.S. Women’s Championships and is often a crowd favorite. She is also a regular journalist for Grand Chess Tour tournaments and teaches chess in California.
Tansel Turgut is a FIDE Master. He was the 1997 Louisiana State Champion and the 1998 Michigan State Champion. Turgut is also a ICCF Correspondence Chess Grandmaster (rating: 2614), which makes him the highest rated correspondence chess player living in the U.S. Outside of the chess world, Turgut is an Interventional Cardiologist at Decatur Memorial Hospital.
Qiyu Zhou is an on and off amateur chess player and pole vaulter depending on her school schedule , but she demonstrated her chess talent at a very young age. At the age of 5, she won the Finnish Youth Chess Championship U10-open. In 2008, she won the silver medal in the World Youth Chess Championship U8-G, which drove her to become a world champion one day. She realized her childhood dream of becoming an U-14G world chess champion in 2014. Her North American Chess Champion for U18-G in 2015 awarded her the WIM title. In 2017 she played in the Women's World Chess Championship after won the Canadian Women's Zonal in 2016. She is now focused on pursuing her passion in academy and pole vaulting.
Joshua Colas became a National Master at age 12. At age 13, in August 2012, he was ranked #1 in the nation among his age group. He has won the NY City, NY State and National Championship several times. He is also a member of the SPICE team at Webster University.