Hello, members of Chessgames.com. My real name is Michael Steen, and I live in Sciota, PA. (As far as I know, citizens of this fine commonwealth are the only ones on the nation to actually SAY the state abbreviation--Pee Ay--when telling folks where we live).
I've been playing chess for about 45 years now, have been to the World Open twice, have participated in the PA State championships, and have played in various tournaments. And I still STINK. I love the game, love doing tactics problems, love playing over master games, and even watching chess videos. But nothing has ever gotten me much above 1300--ever. But that's OK. It's the love of the game that keeps me coming back, not the stellar rating. My greatest achievement, though, has been defeating a 2000+ player in a rated tournament game, giving away over 800 points at the time. To say we were both surprised is an understatement.
Aside from chess, I was an English teacher fo 34 years, and have been retired and substitute teaching at my school now for 7 years. It's the best job I've ever had.
So far, I'm thoroughly enjoying chessgames.com! Its "Guess the Move" is fantastic, and the number of ways one can search the database is unsurpassed. It's a wonderful companion site to chess.com, where I also have a membership. I'm hoping the two together can raise my rating--maybe--into the 1400s.
By the way, I chose Doc Savage as my avatar because I've been a huge fan of those (terrible and wonderful) books since I was 14.