My name is Ryan, I'm from Buffalo, NY.
I'm 25, and I haven't tried to seriously play chess in 10 + years. About a month ago, I started playing online chess on Yahoo!, and was having a good time. I would have games where I was dominated, games I controlled. By the time I became serious, I needed to get off Yahoo!, and find a real place to play chess, everyone other game, your opponent disconnects, and you are stuck with a loss....
I got set up on FICS, loggin in with BabasChess, and got destroyed over and over. I quickly took a step back, and began researching tactics and strategy, which is when I came across Chess.com! In the last 2 weeks, I have definatly improved my game, and have been winning games.
Here is quite possibly my worst game I've played, many many many many mistakes were made on both sides, but a few key moves helped me control key sections of the game.
Here's a good starting point to begin measuring progress on, a horrible sloppy game that I was able to win. I was white, and my opponent had a provisional rating.