I was taught chess by my father, and then played in the chess club at school. However, work and family commitments meant I haven't played much over the last 20 years. When I found this site, it rekindled my interest in the game.
If you’re wondering about my avatar, it’s a goanna ('go-anna'). These are a common animal in the North-West of Australia, an area I lived and worked for many years. The goanna is an Australian reptile that grows up to 2 m (around 6 ft) long. They have flat bodies, long necks, big claws, well-developed teeth and forked tongues. Goannas are carnivorous and live off insects and small animals (they love to eat eggs). They usually walk around on all fours, but will rise up on their back legs to run and defend themselves from attackers.