Steven Carr is an amateur chess-player. Apart from winning the Yorkshire Championship once, the high point of his career was playing on the next board to Anand in a Rapidplay competition. Coincidentally, this was also the lowest point of Anand’s career.
Carr spent many years playing for Atticus , a club based on Merseyside, and his teammates managed to win a few league titles even with him on board.
From 1998 to 2013, Carr virtually retired from competitive chess. In 2013, he decided to once more take to the board, as he had more spare time after being released from his full-time employment.
At the age of 57, he wants to try to break an ECF grade of 200. This requires improvement in opening, middlegames, endgames, tactics, technique , positional play , calculation and strategy. However, Carr has mastered the essential skill of pressing the clock after every move – an aspect of his game that he can take pride in.
When not playing on Board 1 for Wallasey in the Merseyside Chess League, he can often be found down the pub playing offhand games with his mates.
Carr’s favourite player is Judith Polgar.
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