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Member since Oct-02-14
Hello, members of 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! 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, 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.

>> Click here to see MSteen's game collections.

   MSteen has kibitzed 13 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-09-18 K Haznedaroglu vs R Nokes, 2008
MSteen: A terrific game. White just built up advantage after advantage until black was backed into the corner. Almost magic.
   Dec-06-18 N Marache vs Morphy, 1857
MSteen: Few players leave me just speechless the way Morphy does. It seems so simple, so obvious when you finally get to the end, but coming up with these sacrifices is the work of a genius. His games are like a finely plotted mystery novel. When the murderer is finally uncovered, you see ...
   May-07-15 B Belyakov vs Jobava, 2015
MSteen: What a beautiful last move--Rd2! I imagine Belyakov saw an exchange coming, and all of a sudden he's looking at mate or a terrific loss of material.
   Apr-15-15 Khalifman vs Adianto, 2000
MSteen: Took this as a "Guess the Move" game and in the first half thought I had forgotten how to play chess! I got almost nothing right until after move 20, when I finally started to see some logic emerging. I IMAGINE this is a great game by Khalifman, but it's way beyond my ability to ...
   Apr-14-15 W So vs Akobian, 2015 (replies)
MSteen: This is the kind of lesson that should have been drummed into every one of us from infancy: "Do that one more time and the penalty will be X." Then when child does it again, and the penalty is exacted, child learns a valuable lesson. But some kids are never exposed to that elementary
   Apr-14-15 M Stean vs Browne, 1974 (replies)
MSteen: Just a superb game. If my king were as exposed as white's is later in the game, I think I'd just start to weep. But Stean just calmly plays on, confident in his calculations. Impressive.
   Apr-14-15 Fine vs A R B Thomas, 1938 (replies)
MSteen: Thanks, moronovich, very clear now.
   Apr-14-15 Carlsen vs H Harestad, 2003 (replies)
MSteen: I just can't believe the depth of thought and the incredible calculation at this age from young Magnus Carlsen. One for the ages!
   Dec-30-14 Randviir vs Estrin, 1949
MSteen: I have finally almost mastered two bishops vs. a lone king, but this ending still seems magical to me. There must be alchemy involved. :)
   Dec-09-14 Krasenkow vs Nakamura, 2007 (replies)
MSteen: Unbelievable! Even though I knew the queen sac was the beginning of a combination, for the life of me I couldn't guess at where he was going move by move. I didn't even guess the penultimate bishop move. Wow, just incredible.
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