Vinay S. Bhat was born on June 4, 1984. In 1995, he was America’s youngest master at 10 years, 6 months (since broken by Hikaru Nakamura). Jordy Mont-Reynaud set the old record as youngest master in 1994. He tied for first place in the 1998 U.S. Cadet Championship (under 16) with national master Dmitry Schneider. In April 2000, he became an International Master (IM) at age 15, becoming the youngest IM in the United States at the time (since broken by Hikaru Nakamura). He graduated from the University of California. In 2007, he earned his 3rd and final Grandmaster-norm after winning the Balaguer Open in Spain.