<Name: Arno Middelkoop
Birthdate: 29 May 1988 (25 y.o.)
KNSB (Koninklijke Nederlandse Schaakbond) rating as of July 2013: 1805>
My name is Arno Middelkoop and I live in the Netherlands. I'm currently 25, and I've been playing this wonderful game from the age of seven.
In that year, 1995, I joined the local chessclub here in Zoetermeer, Botwinnik. I enjoyed playing with fellow novice yooth players, and I intended to become a better player than most of them and did that. Even so, in the six years to come I probably only reached an official rating ~1500, not being active in any external competition.
As of May 2013, my KNSB rating is 1805. In the past years my chess progression has been stagnant (from 1793 to just >1800 in two years), and definitely not as solid as I hoped it to be.
Besides chess I'm following a university course: Biomedical Sciences at the University of Leiden. As BSc I am now doing my final internship for MSc in epidemiology, doing research in orthopeadics.
Besides both chess and education I'm a Japanese RPG, Anime and Manga fan, although it has been less and less occupying the last years: I enjoy the franchise more than actually being an addict.
I (still) have a general addiction for World of Warcraft, playing MoP now and my rogue Qoko (Europian Frostmane) is still ahead of the curve raiding wise.
Where you find me here: I am almost always occupied on the daily puzzle, as well as screening and sometimes posting on the GotD. However, aside liking to comment on less common games, I started to lurk the recent tournaments a bit more, refreshing my grandmaster chess knowledge.
[Update: TheaN on 08-07-2013]