January 28, 2016

It is a beautiful day in Southern California.  I wake up around 6am, take my shower, drink my green smoothie and prepare to fight the notorious 405 Los Angeles traffic on my way to the UCLA campus.  Today, GM Timur Gareyev, a 27 year old American chess grandmaster originally from Uzbekistan, who has held the rank of third highest chess player in the US and...

November 18, 2015

Wow.....I am overwhelmed with the positive feedback I have received with this last OFF da ROOK newsletter.  I struggled writing it, which is why I put it off for soooo long.  I questioned continuing to write my newsletter altogether or just devote my time to organizing tournaments and promoting Timur and Blindfold Chess.  I am glad I perservered and followe...

November 11, 2015

It has been a long time sine my last post.  I am putting the finishing touches on my current newsletter and hope to have it out by next week.  


The past few months have been a whirlwind of chess activity.  I have partnered with ACA's Jerry Yee and organized several OFF da ROOK Scholastic Chess tournaments. They have been growing with each new tour...

July 5, 2015

As time goes on and I am working on more projects, I felt it necessary to update and clean up my website.  Unfotunately, I couldn't carry over my old blog so I am starting from scratch.  I hope you find this site an improvement.


As always, I welcome any and all feedback.  



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