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        I learned how to play chess in 1986 when I was 9 during the heart of the Kasparov Karpov era. I wasn't very good though for the first years of playing, having a problem understanding the movement of the knight, something common for beginners, as well as not really understanding the basic strategy involved with the attack against the king. It wasn't until I was about 13 that I overcame those limitations and began to play often in the 8th grade at a school chess club, and then even more the following year when I turned 14 participating in my first USCF tournaments after moving to California and seeing notable chessplayers, such as Robert Snyder, David Peterson of Arizona (when he was very young, about 7) and a young Mikulas Manik when just 17. (It was actually at this time that Hikaru Nakamura was a student of Snyder.) It was during this time, 1991-1992 that I made the most progress and achieved a real grasp of the game, studying games from Chess Life magazine and other sources like Chess Informant, which I obtained from the Cal Poly library in San Luis Obispo. Later in 1993 I met Jude Acers for the first time and it was around this time that I started having dreams of becoming a professional player, however, a health problem prevented me from making substantial progress. 

        My tournament record in serious OTB chess is minimal in extent, and my focus is really on online chess.

      I first played online in 1997 at the Internet Chess Club under the username "Deepyellow," then later in 1998 at Yahoo chess under the username "Unizenuarp."  In 1999 I then switched again to chess.net (under the username "Zenuite", and later under the username "Gontar") and remained there till 2008. Altogether I played over 27,000 games there. I also briefly played at World Chess Network around 2000 or 2001.               

       Additionally, I used to  have a high ranking in the early 2000s at Reversi at the MPlayer gaming site, and the site which succeeded it, GameSpy. I defeated there most notably the users NoLegalMoves and MrStoneU. My username there was also Zenuite. Reversi was actually the game I became proficient at first playing it on the Nintendo game system (where it is referred to as Othello) and beating it for the first time at level 5, the highest level, when I was 14. 



         I have as a record one of the fastest wins against USCF Senior Master Jude Acers. It was a win in 18 moves, played in November of 1993 in the New Orleans French Quarter. [Mr Acers is in the 1976 and 1977 editions of The Guinness Book of World Records for conducting the largest simultaneous exhibitions at the time. He also has had a 2400+ USCF rating at various times, and a rapid rating of over 2500.]  


Nov. 23, 1993

White-Jude Acers

Black-Daniel Gontar 

Richter-Veresov Attack/Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Deferred-Bogoljubow Defense

1.d4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5 3.Bg5 Nbd7 4.e4 de4 5.Bc4 g6 6.Qd2 Bg7 7.0-0-0 a6 8.Qf4 b5 9.Bd5 Nd5? (better is 9...Rb8 10.Bc6 0-0 11.Nxe4 =) 10.Nd5 f6 11.Nc7+ Kf7 12. Na8 Qa5 13.Kb1 Bb7 14.Bh6 (14.Ne2 might have been better) Bd5 15.b3 Rc8 16.Bg7 Kg7 17.Ne2 Rc2? (black hangs on longer with 17...Bxa8 18.d5 Qb4 19.f3 Qc5 20.Qxe4 e5 21.Qd3  Qd6 22.Ng3+-) 18.Nc1?? (better is 18.Kxc2 Qxa2+ 19.Kc1 Bxa8 20.Qc7+-) Qc3  0-1


        My favorite players are Kasparov, Fischer, and Karpov. I consider Kasparov to be the greatest player of all time surpassing Fischer in what you might call the empirical test of chess in that Kasparov has clearly demonstrated he is the best in terms of criteria which does not require a logical inference or any type of speculation to make the determination. Those empirical criteria are: having the highest rating for the longest time, and coming in first place in tournaments the greatest number of times.

        Fischer on the other hand is in my view theoretically the best, meaning that according to the rating he possessed 20 years prior to Kasparov (and also its superior nature when compared to his contemporaries), his performance rating in candidate matches, and his tournament and match record compared to contemporaries (in their scores) he should have been able to beat Kasparov hypothetically (or theoretically) if both were in their prime. Fischer's ability to evaluate positions has also been demonstrated as superior to Kasparov according to Leonid Shamkovich with only Capablanca being a possible comparison.

    However, to reiterate the implicit here, we do not have the scientific experiment available to demonstrate this logical inference. Thus this claim remains purely theoretical. Of course there is more to be said here on this subject. I just provide here a rudimentary presentation of a theory. 

I should also add that I am not considering Paul Morphy in this claim. If I did Morphy would be at the top. The ideal (theoretical) list in descending order would be like this:


1 Morphy

2 Fischer

3 Capablanca

4 Kasparov

5 Alekhine

6 Carlsen

7 Tal

8 Botvinnik

9 Karpov

10 Lasker


The empirical (scientific) list would look something like this 


1 Kasparov

2 Fischer

3 Carlsen

4 Karpov

5 Kramnik

6 Anand

7 Ivanchuk

8 Aronian

9 Alekhine

10 Tal





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