Elshan Moradiabadi learned the game of chess at the age of seven and earned his GM title as an Iranian in 2005. At that point, Moradiabadi had already won the Iranian championship in 2001. Elshan was the top player in Iran for the period of three (non-consecutive) years. Elshan moved to the US in 2012 and has played for the US federation since 2017. Elshan spent five years at Texas Tech, within which period he won one Pan American Championship and one “Final Four” President’s Cup with the Texas Tech chess team. He also earned two Master's degrees during this period. Elshan currently resides in Durham, North Carolina where he teaches chess to youngsters and talented players. Elshan loves to watch movies, read books, and learn about different sciences.