ADHD + HYPERSENSITIVITY + IMAGINATION + CREATIVITY = ME :)
I really enjoyed chess when I was young (1970's) and only had one friend who played. I spent most of my time trying to learn from the few books I had, playing through the games in the newspaper and from watching a chess show on public TV. If I had met someone like Dan back than, I can only imagine what the impact would have been because it was a game I was truly drawn to.
After years of off and on occasional playing, I heard about Dan in 2007 after Howard Stern mentioned his name. I contacted Dan and started taking lessons in Sept 07. I joined the USCF and with Dan's encouragement, I played my first OTB tournament at Hamilton Chess Club (This was 1 week before I was going to play in my 2nd tournament - The World Open). After playing OTB I was hooked.
I was doing good up until late 2010 when I had to temporarily pull away from my chess study and play because of personal and business reasons. I went from 4 to 5 hours of chess a day to pretty much nothing. 2011 was the year from hell for me and I didn't have any opportunity to even think about the game. Finally, early on in 2012 I was able to make some time to start back in but I was just doing tactics books and reading over annotated games. I still was unable to mentally get back into playing.
Between Sept and Oct 2012 I started playing on ICC again and was putting more time into studies. Even though I joined Chess.com back in 07, the ICC was the primary online chess site that I played at. In November 2012, I heard about the DHLC on Chess.com and decided to get a full membership and start taking advantage of the learning tools on the site. Now I play on both ICC and Chess.com and will maintain my membership with both sites. My login ID is the same on each site "sra66".
Update - only had a chance to play a very few OTB tournaments in 2013. At this point, I go to Chess Tempo and do daily tactics sets I create for pattern / motif recognition and continue to play through Annotated Game Books. I also use Tactics Trainer on Chess.com. I am planning to get back into monthly Quads at my local chess club for practice and than play larger tournaments end of 2014 into 2015. I definitley also am looking forward to being able to start back in with weekly lessons with Dan in the near future.
If you are interested in playing long games please feel free to contact me.
Good Luck to everyone!
Scott Andreacci / New Jersey