Ruifeng started delving into the chess world when he was 5 years old in Michigan. He won the Arkansas State Championship in 2011 at the age of 8, and later that same year placed second in the World Youth Chess Championships under-10 section. His early success landed him a spot in the Young Stars program in 2012—an elite youth training program designed to maximize the potential of rising chess prodigies in the U.S., coached by Garry Kasparov. Li went on to earn his National Master title a few months later. He received his IM title in 2015 and just recently earned his title as Grandmaster early in 2017. Ruifeng scored 7-2 at the 10th Annual Philadelphia Open which was held in March of 2016, taking home the gold. Ruifeng’s best results include several draws during major chess tournaments against world class players such as Fabiano Caruana, Gata Kamsky, Luke McShane, and Alexey Dreev.