i learnt to play the basics of chess when i was a kid, but haven't played in about 10 years (and not very good). i make silly mistakes, which i am improving on. i will claim time outs if people leave the game without an explanation, as they take up game space. i will always play to the end, in the hope of winning or getting a draw. if anyone wants to challenge me feel free to PM or challenge me as i need the practice.