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by Kyle Creamer

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Have you ever felt obsessed? 

As a young man in his early twenties, I felt lost -- with school, with relationships, with everything. At this critical moment in my life, I discovered chess, and soon I had set out on a quest to become a  grandmaster. 

Follow along as I journey from being a chess newcomer to a competitive tournament player. Meet the colorful characters that make up the chess community, a group of people with a shared passion for an intellectual pursuit that transcends age.


Join me as I battle and match wits against some of the best players in the world. Could I reach the pinnacle of the game and become a chess grandmaster?

The pursuit of excellence has a price, though -- and the closer I got to my goal, the more I started to blur the lines between disciplined practice and a darker obsession with the game.

What does it truly take to become a chess grandmaster -- and what cost was I willing to pay?

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Kyle was born a small city in New Brunswick, Canada. He spent his childhood creating games and stories for his brother, Brandon. He started writing his own short stories when he was in elementary school and has been writing in some capacity ever since. 

As well as being an author, Kyle is also a video game developer and software engineer. He has degrees in and Biochemistry/Neuroscience and Computer Science from Dalhousie University. 

Kyle always wanted to write a book, but it took one key element to make that dream a reality: a weekly deadline set by his mother Pam and his father Garth. Kyle now lives with his wife in Atlantic Canada.

Kyle is also the creator of the popular puzzle game, Omnicube.

You can follow him on twitter, and watch his development videos on youtube.

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