Stephen L. Jones was born in Austin, Texas on September 26, 1942. He is a Los Angeles attorney and FIDE master and a correspondence Senior International Master. He had been a professor of mathematics at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He has a Ph.D. in mathematics and a law degree. In 1958, he won the Southwest Open at the age of 15. In 1968, he tied for 1st in the U.S. Amateur Championship with Michael Shahade. In 1973, he won the Massachusetts Championship. In 2002, he tied for 1st in the U.S. Senior Open with Anthony Saidy. He won the 9th (1991-1993) and the 11th (1995-1997) U.S. Correspondence Chess Championship.