2020 Spring Chess Classic

Christopher Yoo

Title: 
International Master
Rating: 
2430
Federation: 
USA
Age: 
13
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

Christopher is a 13-year old Korean-American from California and the youngest International Master in US history. He is the youngest player in the world to beat a FIDE rated 2700+ super GM and the youngest California State Champion. Christopher is also an award-winning composer of endgame studies. He earned 3rd prize in the 2019 FIDE World Cup in Composing, where he competed against the best composers in the world. He also won a gold medal in the 2019 Youth Chess Composing Challenge, besting the strongest study composers in the world under the age of 23. He has already competed in Saint Louis at multiple seasonal classics, giving him more experience at the Saint Louis Chess Club than some of his older competitors.

Christopher Repka

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2488
Federation: 
SVK
Age: 
21
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

At the age of 21, Chris is already a two-time national champion of his home country, Slovakia. Coming from a chess family, both of his parents have attained the International Master title. Chris himself achieved this title in 2016 and has since gone on to become a Grandmaster in 2018. He now looks to further improve his chess while studying at college as a part of the Mizzou Chess Team.

Jonas Buhl Bjerre

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2530
Federation: 
DEN
Age: 
15
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

Jonas Bjerre is a Danish chess prodigy. At the 2019 FIDE Grand Swiss, Jonas achieved his final Grandmaster norm - making him the youngest ever Danish player to achieve the title. He is in the top 10 in Denmark, as well as the top 10 for his age group worldwide. At the young age of 14, he competed for the Danish national team in the 2018 Batumi Olympiad. This is his first tournament at the Saint Louis Chess Club, where this rising star has a chance to compete against well established players as well as other young prodigies.

John Michael Burke

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2538
Federation: 
USA
Age: 
18
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

John Burke earned his Grandmaster title in April 2018.  John is a resident of Brick, NJ, and has earned multiple New Jersey State championships, as well as multiple U.S. Chess All-American team designations.  In 2015, he became the youngest junior to surpass a rating of 2600 FIDE. John has played at the Saint Louis Chess Club many times before and finished in first place in the 2017 Saint Louis Invitational. He also won the U.S. Master’s tournament in 2018. Currently, he is studying at Webster University and is a member of their SPICE program and chess team.

Nikolas Theodorou

Title: 
International Master
Rating: 
2554
Federation: 
GRE
Age: 
19
Status: 
Invited
Bio: 

Nikolas Theodorou is an 19 year old International Master from Greece. He is ranked 5th in Greece and has represented his country in many junior events. One of his most notable achievements is having won the Greek championship in his age group five times. He is currently residing in Saint Louis, majoring in Engineering Physics at SLU. He also competes for the World Champion Saint Louis Archbishops team in the PRO Chess League.

Dmitry Gordievsky

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2559
Federation: 
RUS
Age: 
23
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

Born in 1996, Gordievsky earned his IM title in 2016, and the GM title in 2017. Dmitry is the No. 29 ranked Russian player as of February 2018 after he finished 3rd in the Moscow Aeroflot Open. Dmitry now studies at Mizzou University while continuing to advance his chess career as part of their newly founded chess team. He is the second highest rated player on the Mizzou team behind fellow Russian player Grigoriy Oparin. 


Nikita Meshkovs

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2566
Federation: 
LAT
Age: 
25
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

Nikita Meshkovs began his chess career early, learning the rules at just age 4. He went on to win multiple titles throughout his youth. These include becoming an astounding six time champion at the Latvian Junior Chess Championships in different age groups. More recently, he moved from winning Junior Championships to the overall national Latvian Chess Championship in 2018. He is very near his peak rating of 2574 and has a chance to approach the challenging 2600 barrier here in Saint Louis.


Alex Mista

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2569
Federation: 
POL
Age: 
37
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

Grandmaster Mista started playing chess at the age of 4 and earned Grandmaster status at the age of 20.  Mista has taken 3rd place in Polish Championship (2009), won the Hastings Chess Congress (2015/16) and Najdorf Memorial (2018, Warsaw). In years 2011-12, Mista was the Coach of Women National Team during Chess Olympiad (2012 Istanbul) and Team European Chess Championship (2011, Greece) where the team won silver.  Mista is a member of Polish National Team since 2011 in chess problem solving and has won 8 gold medals in a row in Team World Chess Problem Championships. Mista is currently the manager of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Chess Program.


Francesco Rambaldi

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2571
Federation: 
ITA
Age: 
21
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

Not coming from a family of chess players, Francesco started playing competitive chess at age 8 in France, with the Grenoble Chess Club named “Échiquier Grenoblois”. Francesco was both Champion of France and Champion of Italy in the U10 category in 2009, and went on to be Champion of Italy in the U12 and U14 categories, winning the title each year that he played the Italian Youth Championships. Francesco gained his FM title in the 2009 European Chess Championship, arriving 1st ex-aequo (3rd on tie-break) in the U10 category.

In November 2014, Francesco completed his IM norms and gained his first GM norm playing in Bad Wiessee, Germany. In august 2015, at age 16, Francesco completed his GM norms and achieved the title of International Grandmaster, winning the 2015 Wien International Chess Open in Austria. Francesco is currently furthering his chess career while attending Saint Louis University as a part of their chess program.


Peter Prohaszka

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2592
Federation: 
HUN
Age: 
28
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

Peter Prohaszka was born in 1992 and grew up in Vac, Hungary and speaks Hungarian, English, and German fluently. In 2007, he was a member of the silver medalist Hungarian team in Singapore at the U16 chess olympiad. He went on to win multiple gold medals with the Hungarian team in European Team Championships. He scored his first GM-norm at the age of 14 and became a Grandmaster just before his 18th birthday. As an adult, he has continued to perform successfully in international tournaments. He won the Xtracon Open in 2014 and the Fano Chess Festival twice. Recently, in 2017, he tied for first at the prestigious Benasque Open. He currently aspires to become an elite Chess Grandmaster while also graduating from Webster University.

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