Hello! My name is Chris Humphries and I live in Scranton, PA, USA.
I used to play chess a lot as a teenager, but getting back into it now as an adult after many years. I may never be an expert, but I only care about playing the game and progressing! I hope we had a good game and I learned some things. If we haven't played, let us get a game going! If I win, great! If I lost and learned some things, even better - I welcome any feedback.
Last updated: October 21, 2017.
USCF Rating: Unrated - Member ID #12656529 - Joined October 2017.
Currently working through a few books to help me learn and starting to analyze my own played games. Here are the current books I'm going through:
- Build Up Your Chess 1: The Fundamentals (Yusupov's Chess School) My primary study text, going to go through GM Yusupov's entire course here. - Started on October 14, 2017!
- Daily tactics training here at chess.com tactics trainer, at least 2 hours daily. - Started October 11, 2017
- Lessons here at chess.com - Started September, 2017
- International Chess School I work much better and faster in structure, so going to try this out. - Started October 21, 2017.
Silman's Complete Endgame Course: From Beginner to Master I am really weak in endgames, and this will help fix that.
- Starting Out: The Accelerated Dragon: Fundamental Coverage Of A Dynamic Sicilian Going to try out this being my main response to e4, in a panic I go to Caro-Kann as I did as a kid (Nd7 via Karpov), but I get in trouble because I don't know it well. This opening looks like a lot of fun.
- Starting Out: King's Indian Was always intimidated by it but my first chess mentor was a huge fan, so why not just dive in now while I'm building up knowledge. It is a fun opening and leads to interesting positions.
- Starting Out: 1d4 : A Reliable Repertoire for the Improving Player I simply like d4 games better, I find the openings and themes interesting. I realize it may be an ignorant view, but it is where my head's at and I'm going with it. I hope to play King's Indian as white the most.
Chess Training Pocket Book: 300 Most Important Positions and Ideas (Comprehensive Chess Course Series) and Chess Training Pocket Book II: 320 Key Positions for players of all levels (No. 2) For training on the go and building up pattern recognition.
Zurich International Chess Tournament, 1953 (Dover Chess) Amazing masters of the day and fun games to reply, but most of all I love the annotations and seeing what a grandmaster thinks and what he feels is important to call out.
Lessons with a Grandmaster: Enhance Your Chess Strategy And Psychology With Boris Gulko On the same token as 1953, except I witness the difference between an advanced player and a grandmaster in how they approach problems during a game. Boris Gulko gives so much insight and wisdom that it is a true gift.