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I hold a Ph.D. in Linguistics (U. of Chicago) and teach chess and English writing in the SF Bay Area. I have also worked in software development. I'm politically very active.

I have a full website at, which includes samples of many of my more than 100 books, mostly of chess but a few on linguistics. I have recently been producing ebooks and chess videos, which will be available Real Soon Now. I blog about chess at and about politics at (as MakeChessNotWar)


USCF Life Master FIDE Master FIDE International Arbiter and World Championship 2000 Arbiter, Gibraltar Chess Festival and Staunton Memorial Arbiter FIDE International Organizer, Hawaii Internationals, 1983 World Youth Teams, 1998 US Open and many others Coach of US Delegation at World Youth Championships 1996, 1998 Experienced second and trainer of many young stars Chess Instructor, Bay Area Chess Program in Northern California Schools GATE Chess instructor, CUSD

My style is generally a slow buildup to an explosive finish Games available online at and