Welcome to my profile oh traveller!
I'm a <20 year old South African> male of Indian(Gujarati) ethnicity. I am currently studying a BCom in Business Management at the University of Pretoria (TUKS).
I learnt the game of chess by virtue of my grandad buying me a small magnetic chess set (which I still have) when I was 6 and my dad buying a book on how to play chess (which he still has) to teach himself and me the wonderful game.
My <favorite player> is the great Victor Korchnoi! Though I admire the games of <Kasparov> and <Tal> greatly.
My favourite current players are: Anand, Aronian, Morozevich, Kramnik, Topalov, Ivanchuk, Alekseev, Carlsen, Karjikan, Gurevich, Nakamura, Giri, Lagrave, and Ponomariov!
I play <correspondence chess> at http://www.gameknot.com under the same handle with a rating of around 1600. Feel free to challenge me sometime!!
My music preferance is <Alternative>, Rock, and <Heavy Metal> (specifically Melodic death metal and quite a bit of metalcore, symphonic and gothic metal) though i do occasionally listen to anything with a good sound.
My fave <bands> are: <<Tool>>, SOAD, Nickelback, <Seether> (South African), Dragonforce, Metallica, Fields of the Nephillm, Nirvana, <Linkin Park>, Prime Circle(South African), Creed, Staind, <Red Hot Chili Peppers>, Greenday, The Offspring, Demons and Wizards, ACDC, Led Zeppellin, <Lacuna Coil>, <Nightwish>, In Flames, Disturbed, 3 Doors Down, A Perfect Circle, <COLD>, Limp Bizkit, Live, Marilyn Manson, Maroon5 and of course my best friends melodic death metal band: <Riddare av Koden>...
I enjoy any good read, but mainly read fantasy.
A few of my fave <authors> are: <Raymond E. Feist>, David Eddings, Robert Jordan, <Anne Rice>, Terry Brooks, Terry Pratchett and David Gemmel!
I play chess because I love it! I am constantly mezmerised by the game and constantly strive to be better! Had I the talent and coaching to turn professional, chess would be the only thing I would want to do!!!
Fave Chess Quotes:
"Chess is life." - <Bobby Fischer>.
"Any amateur can blunder into occasional triumph. The true professional controls things well enough not to have to trust to luck." - <David Eddings> (The Shining Ones)
"The only goal in chess is to prove your superiority over the other guy. I mean, your opponent must be destroyed. Fully destroyed." - <Garry Kasparov>
"I don't study; I create" - <Viktor Korchnoi>
My current study:
Mikhail Gurevich - (E46) The Nimzo Indian, Reshevsky Variation