Igor Foygel was born in Kiev in 1947. He represented the republic of Ukraine in national youth chess competitions. He became a master in 1974 and later became an International Master of Correspondence Chess. He immigrated to the United States in 1991. He won the championship of Massachusetts in 1992, 1997, 2000, and 2001. He is an International Master with a maximum 2551 Elo rating. In the year 2011, he won the New England Championship with a 5 1/2 out of 6. He now plays in several of the monthly tournaments at the Metrowest Chess Club in Massachusetts each year.