My father taught me to play chess at age 5 and used me as a punching bag until I was in 7th grade. I got sick of it and borrowed a chess book from the library. With the help of Fred Reinfeld, I began to use dad as MY punching bag, and soon he wouldn't play me any more. My uncle then brought me to a wonderful local chess club, where the more experienced local players took me under their wing and taught me all they knew. I play mainly blitz and occasional online tournaments on chess.com now, though I sometimes show up at the chess store on Thompson Street in the West Village or in Central and Washington Square parks. My heros (if I had to choose the players that have inspired me most): Tartakower, Nimzowitsch, Simagin, Hou Yifan and of course Judit Polgar! My style and the quality of my play are somewhat erratic, and depending on which day you catch me, I might play swashbuckling romantic gambits, weird flank openings, or dig in my heels in a cramped but solid opening like the French or the Philidor. Oh, and I love endgames!
May 19, 2008
29 min ago