Eric Rosen is an International Chess Master originally from Skokie, Illinois.

He graduated from Webster University in 2017 with a B.A. in Interactive Digital Media. From 2015-2017, Eric competed for Webster University SPICE under the direction of former World Women's Champion, Susan Polgar.

Eric learned the rules of chess from his older brother at the age of 7. He competed in his first tournament at age 8. By age 9, he won the Illinois 3rd Grade State Championship.

Over the years, Eric worked with a number of coaches who helped him tremendously. These included Tamara Golovey, GM Dmitry Gurevich, GM Yury Shulman, and GM Mesgen Amanov.

Since graduating, Eric has spent his time teaching chess, traveling the world, and pursuing a number of creative freelance projects.

Find a timeline of Rosen's career highlights and achievements below:

Timeline of Career Highlights

2002:

2003:

2007:

  • Broke 2000 USCF rating

2009:

  • Winner of the US Junior Open in Milwaukee, WI
  • Defeated GM John Fedorowicz in 16 moves at the US Open in Indianapolis, IN; took first place in the U2300 division
  • Awarded the National Master Title

2010:

  • Illinois Denker tournament of High School Champions Representative
  • Led the Niles North High School Chess Team to 1st place at the IHSA State Chess Team Tournament

2011:

2012:

  • Led the Niles North High School Chess Team to 1st place at the IHSA State Chess Team Tournament
  • Winner of K-12 National Bughouse Championship with partner Matthew Dahl
  • Led University of Illinois Chess Team to a tie-for-first finish at the Pan-American Intercollegiate Championships in Princeton, NJ

2013:

  • Awarded the Life Senior Master Title
  • Led University of Illinois Chess Team to a 3rd place finish at the Pan-American Intercollegiate Championships in Lubbock, TX

2014:

  • Featured in Chess State Documentary produced by Rick Rysso.

2015:

  • Secured 3rd IM Norm at the Philadelphia Open and tied for first place in the U2400 division
  • Tied for 2nd place overall the Chicago Open in Wheeling, IL
  • Awarded the International Master Title

2016:

2018:

  • Unknowingly defeated Magnus Carlsen in the lichess Titled Arena
  • Appeared on the front page of Reddit