Roman Kuperman has been playing chess since he was six years old. He played top board at Buffalo Grove High School, a perennial top 20 finisher at the state high school championship, and was president of the Knox College Chess Club, where he studied math, economics and business management. He is currently preparing to take the Chartered Financial Analyst exams and applying to graduate school while working as a campaign auditor for a nonprofit. Rated over 1800 and hoping to become a Master, he enjoys helping students improve their chess understanding and critical reasoning skills. His other hobbies include ping-pong, tennis, basketball, and swimming.