Arturs has won the Latvian Chess Championship in 1999, 2011, 2015, and 2019. He won the Baltic Sea Junior Championship in 2001 and the Aivars Gipslis Memorial tournament in 2002. Arturs represented Latvia in 6 Chess Olympiads ranging from 2000 to 2018.
Igor has achieved the title of Latvian Champion twice, winning the title in 2013 and 2014. In 2016, he placed second in the European Individual Chess Championship in Gjakova. He has represented Latvia at three different Chess Olympiads in 2014, 2016, and 2018.
Grigoriy Oparin is a Russian grandmaster who received his title by FIDE in 2013. That same year he was on the Russian team that won silver in the World Youth Under-16 Chess Olympiad. He has won the Russian Junior Championship, Russian Higher League, and was the best player at the Nutcracker Match of the Generations in Moscow.
Brandon Jacobson is a 15 year old International Master from New Jersey. He is currently the highest rated chess player in the United States by age and the highest rated International Master in the country. He also ranks among the top players in the world by birth year. Influenced by his older brother Aaron, Brandon began playing chess at age 4 and has developed an enduring passion for the game. He recently earned his first Grandmaster norm and is working toward earning the Grandmaster title. Brandon was homeschooled and accepted to Columbia University at age 14.
The 2018 Summer Chess Classic shall be a 10-player tournament paired as a Round Robin.
Prompt Arrival: Players are expected to arrive promptly for their games. Players not at their board at the beginning of each round may receive a fine of $500 to be deducted from their prize for each occurrence. Players more than 30 (thirty) minutes late for a round shall forfeit that round. Players who withdraw or forfeit a game may not receive any prize money.