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 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.
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 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.
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, a miraculous GM Norm later that year, and his third and last IM Norm at the Philadelphia Open in April (link). An IM-Elect, David’s goal is to reach 2400 FIDE and get the IM title.
Jennifer Yu – Since learning chess at the age of 7, Jennifer has become a WIM, won the National Girl’s Tournament of Champions three times, played in the United States Women’s Championships three times, won the Virginia State Championship, and became the World Champion for girls 12 and under in 2014, the only US girl to do so in 27 years. She is currently a high school freshman.