I was born and raised in San Antonio. I've lived in other parts of the state and country. Among the places I've lived in Texas were Austin, Victoria, and Houston. Outside the state, I lived in Akron, Ohio where I lived from '88 to '03. I learned to play chess when I was a boy. My Dad taught me. Also, while in high school, some friends sometimes played chess with me. I never entered any chess tournaments, but I had some friends and/or acquaintances who did.