Originally born in Riga, Latvia, Alexander Shabalov is an American chess grandmaster and a four-time winner of the United States Chess Championship (1993, 2000, 2003, 2007). He also won or tied for first place seven times in the U.S. Open Chess Championship (1993, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2015, 2016). Shabalov was inducted into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame in 2015. Returning as the defending champion of the 2019 U.S. Senior Championship, he is definitely in consideration for champion again.