GM Alex Goldin was born in Novosibirsk, USSR in 1964. His dad taught he and his twin brother how to play chess when they were 4 years old. In 1981, Goldin won the Junior USSR Championship and the USSR Championship under 26 in 1988. Only in 1987 was Goldin allowed to play in tournaments outside of the iron curtain. In 1987-1988 he played 3 international events where he earned all required IM and GM norms; Goldin was awarded the GM title in 1989. In 1991, he won the New York Open on his first visit to the U.S. Goldin's best tournament result in the U.S. (so far) was at the World Open in 1998, where he scored 8.5 out of 9. Outside of the U.S., Alex's biggest accomplishment was winning the American Continental in Argentina in 2003. He has played for the U.S. team twice, once at the U.S.-China Summit where he played 1st board and once at the Olympiad in Calvia (3rd board). Goldin emigrated to the USA in 1999 and currently lives in Chicago, mostly teaching chess online.