I've been playing since
I was about six. I'm no expert, but I delight in teaching and encouraging
beginners. I've been lucky to have some
patient teachers, especially Terry Hsu. The
book, Winning Chess: How to See Three Moves Ahead, by Irving Chernev
and Fred Reinfeld changed my game forever, but Reassess Your Chess,
by Jeremy Silman, still has me buffaloed. Online,
I play using the screen name kd7scx.
Gameknot is a terrific site with a great interface, millions of participants,
free and paid options, and a minimum of advertizing. Over the board, I
am a hopeless stress (ie speed chess) addict.