Joined Jul 24 2013
49 years old
Learned chess at an early age, played through grade school, high school (Stuyvesant HS in NYC), and college (Cornell University).
Won 1985 World Open U1400 prize in the U1600 section (6-0-2); became expert by age 16; mentored by GM Edmar Mednis in the summer of 1987 American School of Chess at Marshall Chess Club; had group lessons by GM William Lombardy in 1988; on Stuyvesant high school team that won 1986 (3rd board), 1987 (1st board), and 1988 (1st board) NYC and NYS scholastic championship; first board of team that finished tied for second (1987) and fourth (1988) in High School Nationals; on Cornell team won US Amateur East top college in 1991 and 1992 playing 3rd (4-1-1) and 2nd board (2-0-4), respectively. Nice memory of playing Lev Alburt in 1987 simul and being last board standing, playing him one on one to a draw.
Took almost 20 years off but hoping to get back into form...looking for fellow players who want to explore interesting ideas, work on their overall game, and teach the new generation of players to love the game.