Joined Jul 5 2011
I have lived in and around my birth place, Seattle, all my life except for my time in the US Army. My brother, however, lived his adult life in Colorado (he passed away in Englewood in 2008). I spent 3 years in the US Army (1967-70), stationed at Fort Rucker, Alabama, as an Administration Specialist by title (company clerk). Retired from the US Postal Service (1971-2005). Total governement service: 37 years.
I learned how to make chess moves at about age 12 or 13 but didn't play actively until 1972, during the Fischer boom period. I was 25 then. A friend at work pulled me into the game because he wanted someone to play chess with during lunches and breaks. He also got me into playing in otb tournaments where I was able to, in 1973, win a game from Yasser Seirawan in the final round of the Seattle Seafair Open, which allowed me to finish with a 4-1 score. I was only rated 1431 at the time and placed 3rd overall. In later tournaments it was amusing to hear other chess players I didn't know speak of me as the "giant killer," referring to my game against Yasser, who eventually become a strong grandmaster.
In the early 1980's I managed to finish 4th overall in the 4th United States Correspondence Chess Championship. In 1979, I placed 1st in the Northwest Correspondence Chess Championship. I placed 1st in many annual Seattle Postal Service Chess tournaments (6 times) and reached the level of A player otb and Expert in correspondence. I've played chess off and on since 1972, but now that I am retired I play daily at ICC (www.chessclub.com) and at Chess.com.
I do have the ability to play better chess but my biggest short coming in doing so is that I have never really enjoyed study - I like to play. Unfortunately, a great deal of study is absolutely necessary to become a really good player. Well, Capablana may have been the exception. All others must study to get into the master ranks. I am working on it now that I have the time, but the real question is will I get there? My clock is still running...