Ruifeng Li

Sixteen-year-old GM Ruifeng Li is one of the top junior players in the world. He received his IM title in 2016 and the GM title in 2017.

Ruifeng started exploring chess when he was 5 years old in Michigan. He won the Arkansas State Championship in 2011 at the age of 8. Later the same year he was the silver medalist in the World Youth Chess Championships under-10 section.

His early success landed him a spot in the Young Stars program in 2012 — an elite youth training program designed to maximize the potential of rising chess prodigies in the U.S., coached by Garry Kasparov.

2016 was one of the best years in his chess career. He won the North American Junior Championship, National Open, and Philadelphia Open, also tied for first at 26th Annual North American Open. His best results include several draws during major chess tournaments against world class players such as Fabiano Caruana, Gata Kamsky, Luke McShane, and Alexey Dreev.

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