I write poetry, been published a little. Big fan of Patrick O'Brian sea novels and NPR. Bad at openings, (sometimes my opponents turn to stone oput of sheer horror at my repetoire) hang onto mid games by the short hairs and occasionally glory in the end game. It's just surviving till then that is the challenge. I wish you the joy of chess...if you're enjoying RHP, please subscribe. What would OTB tournaments or chess clubs cost you, bucko? GMT -7.