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Hello from Minnesota

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  • Hello from Minnesota

    Hello! I am 32 and I picked the game up about 5 years ago. I learned the rules from playing Battle Chess as a child. In boarding school, a friend taught me the basic checkmates.

    In 2008, I read Ward Farnsworth's Predator at the Chessboard and started practicing my tactics at Chess Tempo. I found a chess club about an hour away and played there a few times. I played in a couple of tournaments in the next couple of years to the tune of a 1073 rating with the USCF.

    This year, I read Logical Chess and Silman's Endgame Course through the material on the Lucena and Philidor positions. I signed up for ICC and absolutely love it, I have a 1171 rating in the 15 minute pool.

    I look forward to learning and contributing as I can!

  • #2
    Huh, thought I responded to this one.

    Anyhow, I’m Skwerly on the ICC (and just about everywhere else). I also started my chess life with Battle Chess.

    Alexander Alekhine is my chess hero.

    An eerie chess short story: The Empty Chair

    My newest chess story: Gamble: A Supernatural Chess Tale


    • #3
      welcome aboard earthling
      I float like a pawn island and sting like an ignored knight


      • #4

        I am MeWantCookie on ICC. Look me up to play or what ever.
        I am a proud supporter of the GM Igor Smirnov way of teaching. If you would like to see the system and want to try out his teaching methods please follow this link:

        If you have questions/want a tutor inquire with messages. I am going to rewrite my web page and it will also go here.


        • #5
          Thanks guys. Look forward to seeing you around here and ICC.

          I wish Battle Chess were still around. Those were the good old days!


          • #6
            I remember sometimes we’d just needlessly capture things to watch them fight.
            Alexander Alekhine is my chess hero.

            An eerie chess short story: The Empty Chair

            My newest chess story: Gamble: A Supernatural Chess Tale


            • #7
              Originally posted by Skwerly View Post
              I remember sometimes wed just needlessly capture things to watch them fight.
              Oh yeah, it was an action game!


              • #8
                So, I played my first game in the 45 minute pool over at ICC tonight. I ended up facing someone rated 1977!

                Looks like this was the English, and my first couple of moves managed to stay in book. Now, if only I can hold onto my 2375 rating.
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