My coach is 2016 and 2018 US Women's Champion IM Nazi Paikidze. Along with Nazi, my favorite living players are Jennifer Yu, whom you see with me in the picture above right after she defeated me in her simul (see my blog for the game) and my chess buddy from Chicago, Megan Chen. I also like Fabi and Wesley So and Boris Gelfand, but I learn the most from these ladies, along with some little friends whose enthusiasm for the game is contagious. My favorite historical players are Tigran Petrosian, Jose Capablanca and Akiba Rubinstein. I am married and have two children. A licensed clinical social worker, I work with terminally ill people. I'm a Washington Capitals and Washington Nationals fan; other interests include: literature (Scott Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Proust, Henry James, Gore Vidal, Edith Wharton etc.) , classical music (Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner, Tchaikovsky), film (James Bond, Westerns, drama, war movies).
Jun 15, 2010
18 hrs ago