I learned chess when I was in grade 9 at Glebe Collegiate in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Later, our family moved to Washington, DC where I took grade 12 and one year at American University. I got to watch Bobby Fischer play a simul at some hotel there shortly after his famous draw against Botvinnik. Although I sort of like the game of chess I have not progressed much and have quit the game several times over the years. I do not feel as bitter about losing now compared to my frustrating early years. I like end games better than middle games, middle games better than openings, and openings least of all.