I have been playing chess on a casual basis for about as long as I remember. I mostly played with family as a kid, though I have some vague memories of playing in a small club at my elementary school as well.

Later, in high school, I carried a pocket-sized magnetic chess set which I would bring out at lunch (alternating with Magic: The Gathering and various traditional card games). I would also challenge my band director on exam days (read: no playing instruments), though I never won against him.

In college, I attended a few meetings of the Go & Chess Club (previously there had been two clubs, but they were forced to combine due to dwindling membership). However, the remaining members were much more interested in Go than chess, and I fell away from the game.

Years later, I watched The Queen’s Gambit and decided I ought to get into competitive chess… just as soon as the global pandemic was under control.

The remainder of this page chronicles my progress in USCF-rated chess. I am presently in rating class F, around the 64th percentile.

Early on, I was in the habit of digitizing most of my games and organizing them by events, but this grew tedious. In 2023, however, I briefly revived this practice to commemorate my participation in the 123rd US Open. You can find more recent results on my USCF member page.