About

I recently completed a Commerce and Science double bachelor degree, majoring in finance and applied mathematics.

I have been playing chess since I was 8 years old. I became the Australian Under 16 Champion at age 13, and have represented Australia in junior competitions in France, Georgia, Singapore, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

These days, I rarely play tournament chess, except for the occasional blitz (speed chess) tournament. I do, however, play online chess regularly at the Internet Chess Club.

I would like to thank my chess coach of many years FIDE Master Geoff Saw. He has worked with me since I was 10 years old. Geoff operates the Dark Horse Chess Club, an influential Australian chess community.

My favourite chess-related interests off the board are:

  • The learning process in chess, and how it can be related and applied to other fields, especially academic learning
  • The role that natural talent and ‘intuition’ plays in chess
  • Applications of chess strategies in practical real life situations, the most underrated of which is probably ‘avoiding the downward spiral’
  • Gender trends in chess, and the similarities and differences that can be drawn to typically male-dominated academic fields, such as mathematics, physics and engineering

And my interests on the board:

  • Long term or positional ‘exchange sacrifices’ (i.e. sacrificing a rook for a bishop or knight)
  • Endgame strategy, especially bishop vs knight endgames
  • Efficient ways of learning openings, especially those based on ‘ideas’ rather than memorisation

 

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Aaron November 3, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Great Site.

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