(October 2002) (title updated
November 2003) SIM Jason Bokar (2460)
IM Jason Bokar
I started playing chess at the age of 7, and played over-the-board for many years
and reached master level before I had to dedicate my time to studying
engineering at University. I made my first foray into postal chess in
1989 within the U.S. Chess Federation, since I was already a member.
I soon developed an interest in competing internationally and branched
out to ICCF events in 1991 by competing in an ICCF-US team event (USA
- Finland). I began the quest for the IM title in 2000 when I started
the MATE Postal B tournament. This was a traditional "snail mail"
event. I found the going tough early on in the match when many of my
games appeared drawish. However, several games went my way and fought
hard in a couple games to get the full point, and I was awarded for
my efforts by getting the required points for the title with one game
remaining. I was doubly pleased when, in just two weeks later, I again
obtained enough points to reach the IM title norm in the NAPZ 1st Email
Championship. Now, I have already taken aim at the SIM title by obtaining
one of the three required SIM norms, with opportunities to gain the
remaining two in the next year. Perhaps 2003 will be as good as 2002?!
[Note: SIM title awarded at the 2003 Congress in Ostrava, Czech Republic]