As my handle implies, I have been a fan of Akiba Rubinstein and Wilhelm Steinitz. Both played fantastic chess born of genius only to go crazy later in life. Thin line between genius and insanity. Genius afterall, is just doing things in a non-habitual way. The very definition of insanity!
I Also have an interest in the mathematical journey of British born Alan Turing and his pioneering fascination with computer "thought" provocation in chess. The Turing test was born to gauge a computer's ability to imitate human behavior regarding AI (artificial intelligence) specifically pertaining to chess as the gauge.
Naturally, study of Alan Turing leads to another British scientist, theoretical physicist, Stephen Wolfram. Mr. Wolfram's work in computer science namely, cellular automata which involves further development of the computer processor and its application to Turing-Tested computer programming also related to AI (artificial intelligence) has furthered our wonderful journey into the ever-growing world of chess playing automatons.
Many patrons here do not care for the computer's invasion into our beloved world of chess. I think computers have enhanced our understanding of chess and broadened our appreciation of what chess has to offer.
My chess Endeavors-
My most memorable event in my chess pursuits was back in 1985 when I played GM Arthur Bisguier in a 15 board simul he was giving at the 1985 National Open Chess Championship. I had never played in a US Chess Federation tournament before and this simul was my first attempt at playing a rated player. To my surprise, I beat GM Arthur Bisguier in an exciting queen's indian as black. I will never forget that and the funny thing is; I didn't even know that I was supposed to fill out a score sheet! I had to get a sheet and recall the moves of the game so I could have GM Bisguier and myself sign it; which was no problem. I'll never forget that game.
But even raising a family and working hard, I went on to win six different tournaments here in the Southwestern U.S. including the New Mexico Class Championship in my class and also won a correspondence tournament around 1986. I have loved chess since I was about 12 and enjoy studying and playing the game as much as I can. I had a cancer battle back in 2012 that was stage 4 but I was lucky to get through it as cancer free now. I tire quickly these days but just do the best I can.
Thanks for reading this!