Meet the Authors

Chess^Summit features a team talented authors from across the country. Learn more about our Resident 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.

Screen Shot 2016-06-25 at 18.43.02Vishal 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 holds the National Master title. 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.


Beilin Li – Beilin is a junior 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. In April 2017, Beilin earned the National Master title. In 2017, Beilin served as co-manager of the Pittsburgh Pawngrabbers for the PRO Chess League.



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 three consecutive Pennsylvania State Championships (2015-2017). Grant’s immediate goal is to break 2400 in the near future.


15435714_734971613324994_22537442_nVanessa 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-profileDavid 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, a miraculous GM Norm later that year, and his third and last IM Norm at the Philadelphia Open in April. In 2017, David earned the International Master title.

Image-3Dan Schultz – Dan was taught chess at a young age but didn’t begin to take it seriously until he was much older. Now a writer and advocate for the game, Dan has focused all his energy on sharing his love of chess and making the fundamentals accessible to everyone. Dan also shares his personal path from amateur to competitor on


Xiao Cheng – Xiao started to play chess when he was 4 years old and was very active in the Atlanta chess scene between 2001 and 2007. In 2005, he placed first in the K-12 SuperNationals, and a year later he became the 2006 Georgia State Champion. Xiao is a FIDE Master and has started teaching chess in Metro Atlanta area and online at


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