Hi! I’ve been fascinated by chess for a quarter of century. The Kasparov-Karpov rematch actually made the local news back then (before the days of CNN), and it also made it into the newspaper where I followed it in the LA Times.
I would “force” my friends to play chess with me, beat an easy computer program of that day, and study books like Chernev’s Logical Chess, and try to visualize the combinations.
Since then I’ve read some of and owned at one time or another at least 200 books, but as of the days of online chess, haven’t studied them much anymore, as the internet play is so much more addicting!
It’s funny, first beat my Fidelity Excellence computer back in ’93. That was a milestone, and accidentally broke it not much later. Who knew all the games that would follow. From tournaments, to the now defunct KasparovChess, to Yahoo, to ICC, to FICS, what a journey it’s been!