Chess^Summit features six talented authors from four different states. Learn more about our authors and their previous achievements below!
Isaac Steincamp – Having now played chess competitively for over 12 years, Isaac holds the title of Candidate Master with a peak rating well over 2100. In his junior year of high school, he coached his school team to win 1st place in the U1200 National High School Chess Championships in 2014. Now a second-year student at the University of Pittsburgh, Isaac is a prominent member of the Pitt chess team.
Vishal Kobla – Vishal started playing competitive chess relatively late at the age of nine, but he progressed quickly through the ranks with the help of multiple instructors and now owns a rating in the mid-2100s. Now, he is in his sophomore year at Rock Ridge High School and the Academy of Science and is part of the RRHS chess team. Currently, his next goal is to earn the title of National Master.
Alice Dong – Since starting chess at the age of 8, Alice has won the 9th Annual Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls and was a co-champion in the U18 section at the 2015 KFC National All-Girls. Two years ago, she founded the NJ All-Girls Chess Camp, which is free to all participants and has introduced more than 90 girls to the game of chess. Currently in the 2100 range, she hopes to reach master level soon. Alice is currently a freshman at Swarthmore College.
Beilin Li – Beilin is a third-year student at Carnegie Mellon University from West Lafayette, IN. He took a break from chess following elementary school, but returned to regular competition in 2014, gaining 800 rating points over the next two years. Having recently broken into the mid-2100s, Beilin’s next major goal is to become a National Master.
Grant Xu – Grant is a ninth-year player from the Boston area and sophomore at Carnegie Mellon University. His accomplishments include a pair of state scholastic championships, a pair of state blitz championships, and two consecutive Pennsylvania State Championships (2015 and 2016). Grant’s immediate goal is to break 2400 in the near future.
Vanessa Sun – Vanessa is a novice chess player but has followed chess news intently for years. She volunteers at the United States Chess School and does freelance chess journalism for sites such as Chess Club Live and US Chess. After covering the 2016 World Chess Championship, she will be writing about other elite events in the near future.
David Brodsky – David is a high school freshman. He learned to play chess at the age of 6 and has loved the game ever since. At 11 years old, he earned the FM title by winning the North American Youth U12. After a turbulent 2015 and early 2016, he got his first IM Norm in June 2016 and a miraculous GM Norm later that year. Coming off a tie for first place in the 2016 US Cadets, David’s goal is to earn the IM title.