From Maryland, USA. I've been playing chess casually for many years, but after reading Seirawan's Play Winning Chess and Winning Chess Strategies, I began to take it seriously. Back in the 1990's I followed Kasparov in both his matches against Deep Blue, and his championship bout against Kramnik in 2000. But I didn't become a regular observer of top-level international chess until the Man-Machine World Chess Championship (2003), shortly before I found this site.
I used to have a list of favorite players here, but I gradually discovered that I enjoy original and quality chess no matter what player it comes from. So the list of those whose games I enjoy now encompasses pretty much all the top players. I like Anand and Leko, but Kramnik, Topalov, Morozevich, Adams, Shirov, Kamsky, Grischuk, Ponomariov, Svidler, Aronian, Ivanchuk, Gelfand, Radjabov, Navara, Bacrot, Mamedyarov, and Judit Polgar all continue to impress me whenever they play as well. I also enjoy following the budding careers of the next generation of players, in particular those of Sergey Karjakin and Hikaru Nakamura. Some of my other favorites of the past and present include Emanuel Lasker, Siegbert Tarrasch, Harry Pillsbury, Jose Capablanca, Reuben Fine, Mikhail Tal, Robert Fischer, Viktor Korchnoi, Garry Kasparov, Jan Timman, Viorel Bologan, Vadim Zvjaginsev, and Alexander Onischuk.
Right now, with my schoolwork, I don't have a whole lot of time for correspondence or standard time control games, but I do occasionally play online blitz when I have a half-hour or so free. I'd be more than happy to play against any of you--just contact me here, or send an e-mail to sommerswerd617yahoo.com, and we'll make it happen.
That's about it about me. You can use my chessforum to discuss anything you desire--heavy metal, chess history, world championship politics--so long as you stay civil. And I am a bio-admin, so if anyone has any biographical information for one of the players in this database, you can post it here and I'll upload it to that player's page. Up the irons!