I learned to play chess at a young age, but began studying it more seriously in 2008 (around the time when I joined this site). I don't get the chance to play in person very often, because not many of my close friends and family play it. I like Chess.com for the chance to learn and grow with other players.
I live in Ohio with my small family (wife, daughter, dog). I work as a doctoral student in the field of biblical studies, specializing in Pentateuchal law.