Hello chess friends and welcome to my profile page. Before I get into my short biography, I would like to invite you to a game of chess on ICC or Freechess.org. My handle is Big Pawn on ICC and on Freechess.org itís edgarallenpawn. Send me a message if you want to play a game or study some openings, especially if you like the same openings as me. I'm also playing on chess.com as edgarallenpawn.
I live in Massachusetts, I was born in 1974 and I started playing chess when I was about 8 years old. I didnít play serious chess until I was about 20 though. Thatís when I first started reading chess books and found out what chess openings were. I thought, before I learned about chess seriously, that I was a pretty good tactician. I beat just about everyone in the coffee house in my old home town. That is, until I saw the games of Paul Morphy. I realized at that point that I really wasnít that good at chess. Morphy inspired me to study the game even more. At that point, I went to the library (before the internet) and found a book called Chess Praxis by Nimzovich. I was absolutely amazed at the depth of strategic thinking displayed in that book Ė from the 1920ís and 1930ís. Having been truly inspired by Nimzovich, I started to play the French Defense. I have had a chess-love-affair with the French Defense ever since.
My blitz (three minute) rating at chess.com is ~1850. My standard ratings at ICC and FICS range between 1950 - 2100. When playing long chess I like to play at least 40 minute games.
I love to play the Leningrad Dutch, the French (especially the Petrosian variation 4Öb6 in the Winawer) and some of the gambits like the Evans or the Morra.
Outside of chess my other interests include philosophy, theology, science, cosmology, sociology, food, business, marketing, search engine optimization, web development, networking, music, guitar, led zeppelin, the blues, Mozart, Bach, John Coltrane and many others. Iíve studied Information Technology, Business Administration and Philosophy.
I work as an SEO consultant (getting your website on the first page for its keywords) and web development contractor/project manager.