I'm a university student in New Orleans, Louisiana. I played a bit on the chess team in high school but never put forth the effort to really improve or learn, and so I tended to lose and stopped after a short time. About a month ago (April of 2012), I played a couple of quick games during a chess club meeting I attended on a whim at my university. Then I learned that my best friend from home had also started playing again, so I decided I wanted to begin playing again and actually attempt to improve and grow as a player. I've known how to play chess since my parents taught me when I was probably around 8, but I've only been pursuing the game seriously for a couple of weeks now. Wish me luck!