I live in Owen Sound, ON and I have a very, very bad rating and I don't care. My favorite players are Alekhine, Botvinnik, Capablanca, Tchigorin, Shirov, Karpov, Spassky and of course Dolmatov. Among the "young" players I like Leko, Svidler and Radjabov (if you can call Leko and Svidler "young"). Theoretically, I enjoy the Ruy Lopez, Caro-Kann, King's Indian and Botvinnik Semi-Slav as Black ;) On chesstempo.com I am "refuter"'.
Nezhmetdinov's Law - "He who analyzes blitz games is stupid"
no one ever learned anything by resigning? sure they did...what about humility? honor? sportsmanship?
i am playing the Sicilian for life...to quote Viktor Korchnoi "is there not a resemblance between the Sicilian defender and the wrestler who begins the fight before he has climbed into the ring?" i'm totally that wrestler ;)
also, like korchnoi, i eat oatmeal every day in the hopes that i can stay mentally alert into my 70s
"Some openings were to be used as a surprise weapon and treated like a condom – to be used once and never again!" - Nigel Short
"When a player is not in a good mood and loses it means his technique is not on a high level" - Geller ?
I'm now an master (2300) on ICCF!
I'm also the Canadian Correspondence champion or 2016!
My goal for 2018 is to get a correspondence IM norm...and not to avoid the French at all.
"I may yet be forced to admit that the Winawer is sound. But I doubt it!" - Fischer