james53

SC, United States
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I gained knowledge to play chess in 1984 at the age of 25(a individual in the military taught me the moves) and I have liked the game since. I played postal chess in the late 80s for a while but due to personal circumstances stopped playing, came back to the game in 2009 and reality enjoying the favorably vibe, I get from Chess. Com.. Chess is a science, art, sport(competition/fight), but it is fun and enjoyable. I like the game because of the large # of expressing favorable results. My favorite chess player is Frank James Marshall. Why Marshall? He was the U.S. Chess Champion from 1909-1936 and has a number of chess opening variation named after him. Remarkably for a player who died over 60 years ago, two gambit variations that are still theoretically important today are named after him(The Marshall Attack and The Marshall Gambit).  In 1936 after holding U.S. championship title for 27 years, he relinquished it to the winner of a championship tournament.  The first such tournament was sponsored by the National Chess Federation and held in New York.  The Marshall Chess Club donated the trophy, and the first winner was Samuel Reshevsky.  Above all others chess on-line tournaments, I prefer the Poisoned Pawn Variation of the Najdorf Sicilian.  My favorite chess opening is the Vienna Game, Frankenstein-Dracula Variation.  Also, I enjoy the hypermoderns opening and the aggressive attacking styles of play(the technique/strategy really makes the game fun). Some others favorite chess players of mine are Jose Raul Capablanca, Magnus Carlsen, Robert James "Bobby" Fischer, Paul Morphy and Aron Nimzowitsch. Some of my favorite chess players from the great state of South Carolina are Richard Cohen, Dr. Philipp Lamby, and Charles Walter. From SC chess.com I like Hawima, Soundso's, BruiserMac and Clemson Tiger. My aim is to reach a chess.com rating of 1833+. My wish is to play chess.com player and teacher Matt Helfst(Patzer24) over the internet one day! Chess is very beautiful and difficult and it will be played for many years to come. Chess is a world that is open to everyone, whatever your age, sex, or background. But for people who are outside that world, who may know little or nothing about the game - and you might be one of those people--chess too often seems like rarefied pastime, impossibly complicated and difficult to learn. Chess is actually accessible to just about anybody who is willing to put in the time and effort to learn it.

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