|Player Profile (November 2003)
GM Ian Brooks (2624)
USA Co-Champion in 2003, 1st
Email United States CC Championship
Following are some quotes from an Interview published at The
Campbell Report. For the entire interview see: Interview
of GM Ian Brooks
I learned the moves from my brother when I was about 11, but didn't start playing on a regular basis until about three years later. I played my first rated OTB game when I was 16. I started dabbling in CC a couple of years after that in the Postal Chess Club in England. I have been married to Holly for 15 years and have 8 year old twins, Matthew and Heather.
I am a computational biophysicist and work at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications applying computational techniques to a variety of biomedical problems.
I think one of the keys to my success is that I keep my game load small. I generally have no more than 1 ½ tournaments in progress at any one time and for the foreseeable future this means the Olympiad and completing my games in the ICCF 50th Jubilee GM-B and US Championship. I have given Title Tournaments Commissioner Josef Mrkvicka notice that sometime in the next couple of years I would like to take a place in the candidates' tournament, and that he will need to find another TD when I do, but that will probably not be until at least 2004. My priority for now is the Olympiad XIV final and, with luck, I will be able to play in Olympiad XV final after this one. I am now in the fortunate position of getting frequent invitations to play in tournaments but am not able to accept them because of my time commitment to other events.
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