Apurva Virkud has been playing chess ever since her teacher taught her in first grade. She saw success at an early age; in 2011, Apurva earned the achievement of Michigan’s Individual Children’s Champion for 4th and 5th grade, and won the Susan Polgar Girls’ Invitational Chess Tournament. She tied for first place at the first National Girls’ Invitational in 2013 and in the 2014 U.S. Girls Junior Invitational.
Apurva has already been able to showcase her chess skills at the CCSCSL in both the 2015 and 2017 U.S. Women’s Chess Championships. Outside of chess, Apurva enjoys violin and piano. She plans to study engineering in college.