James ClarkFront Royal, VA, United States
May 15, 2009
4 days ago
I was raised on chess and I am raising my daughter knowing how to play chess. I got "serious" about chess when I was about 14. I bought a plethora of chess books and spent day in and day out studying and playing chess with anyone I could get a game with. I taught a chess class to elementary and middle school students for a couple years. I made a custom scenario in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Expansion of a chess set, using different soldiers as the pieces. I spent months designing the board, the squares, the "captured piece" area, the "promoted piece" area, and designing the triggers (AI) to follow the rules of the game. I joined the Marines in 2004 where I was given the name "Chessmaster" or "Bobby Fischer" for building a chess board out of notebook paper and packing tape. When we went to the Mojave Desert some people brought guitars, some people brought CD players, I brought a chess board. In Iraq some of the seniors in my platoon tore up my chess book I had with me (5334 Problems, Combinations, and Games) and snapped the head off of the King of my set. I was not happy. Now that I'm back in Northern VA I have joined a chess club in Winchester, I've renewed my membership with the USCF, and I am pursuing certification as a Chess Teacher and TD.
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