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 “Life is like a game of Chess, changing with each move"                     (Chinese Proverb)
 
Family and work have meant chess has been an on-off game for me. I have always enjoyed playing chess and reading chess books. I learned to play chess when at school and continued playing a bit at university. I remember buying an early chess-playing machine when I made some money from my first part-time job. Then in the mid-’90s, I got a 'real 'computer and started playing against early versions of “Chess Master”. Since these days, I have played spasmodically, mainly against computers, or on the internet. I now find myself with a bit more time, joined a local chess club, and am once again enjoying this great game.
 
If you are wondering about my avatar, it is a natural rock formation called the Pinnacles. The structures are located 205 km north of Perth and are composed of limestone rich in marine fossils.
 
The Pinnacles area (called Nambung in the local aboriginal language) is a sacred site. According to an Aboriginal legend, in ancient times some young men used to walk along a desert path to this sacred place reserved for women. The gods, to punish them, buried them alive. As death approached, the young men asked forgiveness from the gods. They brandished their weapons through the sand, and they became stuck forever in the form of limestone spikes.
 
Many scientists have proposed theories about the formation of the Pinnacles, although no consensus has yet been reached.

 I am an admin in the following clubs, perhaps they are for you.
 
If you are an Aussie (Australian)
 
If you are a Sandgroper (West Australian)
 
If you have a love of science