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Member since Apr-17-11 · Last seen May-29-11
Good day, guten Tag, and Yawman sa'eidan (chessgames hates Arabic script :(...)

My name is Bryan and I am a 21-year old student in Northern Georgia. My field of study is currently general studies. I will be transferring to Georgia State University (God Willing) in Spring 2012 to pursue Middle Eastern Studies at GSU's Middle East Institute (the next nearest one is at the University of Texas....definitely out of the question).

In the first sentence, some of you may have noticed that three different languages were used. All terms were translated to "Good day". The first is English. The second is German, and the third is Arabic. I am not fluent in these languages (yet), but I am learning. I also hope to learn Modern Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew, Latin, and Biblical Greek down the road.

Chess now (isn't that what we're here for?) I've been playing off and on since 2003, when I first picked it up from a seventh grade Social Studies teacher (she let us play chess one day...something to do with its Egyptian roots being relevant to a unit we were covering in class). Since then I've been an on-again-off-again player; wishing to get serious, but haven't been willing to committ the time to be serious (until now). I'm not that great of a playet right now, but I am learning, and hope to get better. Right now, the chess I play is online (a mix of correspondence and live play...if I'm fortunate enough not to run into a bot) and occasionally at a chess club at my current college.

What else about me...I'm a Christian, reformed baptist denomination, currently attending a local church and studying the Scriptures. I'm doing some sporadic memorizing and reading the Bible cover to cover right now (since I was saved about two months ago by the grace of God).

I think that about covers it. Feel free to pose any questions regarding topics that weren't covered here.

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   PhoenixM has kibitzed 19 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-19-11 Ponomariov vs Nakamura, 2011 (replies)
PhoenixM: <Marmot PFL> If Ponomariov's intention is to play on the queenside, then I would consider it mandatory, since it would create two giant targets on c5 and a6 that would constantly need the defense of a black piece. Drop a knight on c4, put a pawn on a5. It's begging to be torn
   May-19-11 Grischuk vs Gelfand, 2011 (replies)
PhoenixM: Grischuk's kingside pawns could become a problem down the road. They're still vulnerable, and after ...Rf4, f3 will be forced. Considering that Gelfand has a pawn majority on the kingside, Grischuk cannot let that side of the board get ripped open. The last thing he needs is to ...
   May-10-11 PhoenixM chessforum (replies)
PhoenixM: Yup. Spent all but two years of my life in Georgia. It's a great state (if you don't factor in humidity!). currently living about an hour up I-85. On the plus side, the fight to get into Georgia State finally started. A 3.33 GPA has jumped my GPA to a 2.47 with two semesters to go.
   Apr-21-11 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
PhoenixM: <MaxxLange> I've got Silman's and Dvoretsky's Endgame books, the former of which I plan to start soon, with Dvoretsky's following once that book is thoroughly studied.
   Apr-18-11 tpstar chessforum (replies)
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