GM Bator Sambuev
Since moving to Canada from Russia in 2007, Bator has been a major force in Canadian chess. Bator has won the Canadian Closed Championship in both 2011 and 2012. He is very active in Canada and was also a member of the Canadian Olympic team in 2012. Bator has been at the top of the CFC rating list many times and has achieved the highest CFC rating by a Canadian (2753).
GM Maxim Dlugy
Maxim moved to the USA from Russia with his family at the age of 11 years. He earned the IM title at the age of 16 and quickly moved up the chess ladder. Maxim won the World Junior Chess Championship in 1985 and received the GM title shortly after that in 1986 due to his fine performance at the 1986 Olympiad in Dubai. He was a threat to win every competition he entered after that. Maxim was also the highest rated blitz player for three years in the late 1980's. In the 90's, Maxim entered the realm of chess politics and became the youngest USCF president in history. He still plays in a few international events and can be found on the ICC playing in the occasional blitz tournament.
GM John Fedorowicz
John Fedorowicz (or the “Fed”) needs no introduction in the chess world. John grew up in the Bronx area of New York and currently lives in Manhattan. John learned to play chess in 1972 during Fischer-Spassky and progressed rapidly. By 1977 he had tied for the US Junior Championship, and won the title outright in 1978. The Fed represented the US Olympic team in Dubai in 1986 scoring very well. He earned the GM title later that year. John has an impressive list of tournament victories over his career, including 1st at Cannes (1987), Sesimbra (1987), New York Open (1989), US Open (1989), World Open (1989), Wijk Aan Zee (1990). Fedorowicz has captained the US Olympic team on two occasions, and has acted as 2nd to GM Gata Kamsky during his World Championship preparations. John is also a noted chess author having written a number of chess books and numerous articles for chess periodicals and magazines. John is also a teacher, giving public and private lessons in and around New York.
WFM Qiyu Zhou
Qiyu is a world champion! She won the girls under 14 section at the 2014 WYCC held in Durban, South Africa. Her score of 8.5/11 was the only undefeated score in that section. You could say that Qiyu's chess career began when she was just five years of age. At that time, she won the Under-10 Open Finnish Youth Chess Championships. She has been travelling the world playing chess recently. So far this year she has played at Capelle-la-Grand, France as well as Rekyjavic, Iceland. Qiyu was also the youngest member of the Canadian Women's Olympic team in Tromso, Norway in 2014, scoring a very respectable 6.5/9. Qiyu currently lives in Ottawa where she is pursuing her academic career as well as taking part in a variety of other sporting activities.