Hey My name is Les im from ohio currently age 18. I learned the rules of chess from my grandpa when i was about 10 but didnt start playing again until about 3 years ago. I started playing blitz games on pogo chess and used to think i was pretty hot stuff until someone challenged me to alonger game and got beat, bad, reapeatedly. Was then i realized that short games though fun and addictive only take your chess so far and after that you need longer games to get better. I started getting serious about chess about the same time i joined chessgames.com and have found there resources priceless in the help of my studies.
Among my favorite players are the late Lembit Oll and Jose Raul Capablanca as well as Michael Adams (even though he lost the Hydra match)Peter Leko,Vladimir Kramnik,Garry Kasparov,and Bobby Fischer and most recently Hikaru Nakamura, and Viswanathan Anand. It has always been my opinion that must home taught players begin chess with 1.d4 because it is the safest and when they get better they move on to 1.e3,e4 and such because of the tactics and when they finally get those down the go back to 1.d4 and when that happens they become great players. But the ones who start playing with 1.e4 become spectacular.
Favorite Quotes: if you think you see a good move look for a better one-- me
The ones who make good moves will always yield to the ones who make the best moves-- Grandpa
Too find your next move you must first find your opponents-- an old friend
Favorite Openings: White in descending order Reti Kings pawn- Ruy lopez Sicilian Closed French Tarrasch Pirc Austiran Attack Grob "spike" English Queens Gambit Sokolsky. Black Pirc Sicillian Queens Gambit Declined Tartakower Englund gambit Caro Kann French.
I see so many questions in kibitzer cafe go unanswered that i just decide not to talk most of the time.Im by no means a kibitzer i just post when i have a question or am giving an answer to a question which rarely happens.
I have recently been competing in USCF rated tournaments, my quick rating is some how around 1900 and my slow rating looms through the 1950-2000 region but it is still provisional.
You can find me on most chess sites under UnorthodoxPlayer i am always open to any challenge.