Alex is a Grandmaster who resides in Brooklyn, New York. He coached the gold medal-winning American team at the 42nd Olympiad in Baku in 2016. Alex reached round 3 of the 2017 World Cup, beating 2700+ Pavel Eljanov and World Junior Champion Aryan Tari along the way. His chess achievements include numerous victories at major tournaments, such as the 2015 World Open, 2011 and 2017 US Opens, and the 2012 National Open. Additionally, Alex received an individual gold medal at the 2015 World Team Championship. He has plenty of experience playing in Saint Louis, having competed in multiple US Chess Championships.