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My very first tournament game i was paired against an expert. He played the Ruy Lopez against me and i won. After the 12 game tournament my first rating was class A -- a little above 1800.
Congrats. What was your chess history before that tournament?
I had not played any tournament chess. There was no chess in high schools back then. Just mainly studied the magazine Chess Life.
[maybe it was Chess Life and Review back then]
I assume you played chess quite a bit before you entered your first tournament?
To answer your question:
As a rank begginner my dad beat me 100 games in a row in a period of about 2 or 3 months. Soon after -- he started losing to me and stopped playing me and then nobody to play against...
When I was age 15 I started playing postal chess as there was noone in the Decatur Illinois area who could give me a good game.
My first USCF tournament as mentioned above was when I was age 17.
So I did have a dozen or so postal games before I started USCF over-the-board.
My second USCF tournament --The Bradley Summer Open--was the first tournament I won. It was a tournament in Peoria Illinois.
Here is the 2nd USCF tournament game I ever played. After beating an expert i was paired up with a master:
David Taylor vs Erich Marchand [USCF master]
I know it's a year behind schedule fellas,but I finally broke 2000 today. Played my first tournament just over 2 years ago after my 21st birthday.
Tell us more. When did you learn to play chess, what training and games (online and offline) did you play before starting tournament play?
I learned at the age of 6 but only got to play sporadically with my dad and at elementary school chess club. I didn't start playing chess consistently online until I was 15-16. I didn't know anything about chess at that time in regards to the fact that openings have names,theoretical endings,etc. But I played chess almost every day online from age 16-21. Then the place where I used to play got shut down so I got into tournament chess.