Yasser Seirawan was born of an English mother and a Syrian father on March 24, 1960, in Damascus, Syria. In 1964 the Seirawans moved to England. They emigrated to the United States in 1967, and in the spring of 1972 the family moved to the Seattle. A new column is posted the third Saturday of each month.
The puzzles in this column have a move stipulation. The position must be reached in a precise number of moves, no more and no less. With one exception, they are proof games in 4.0 which means four moves by each side. A new column is posted the second, third, and fourth Friday of the month.
Several times in the past I had problems with organisers regarding the size of chess tables. I had the impression that they thought the players were very happy with long, wide tables, and were not aware the problems a wide table could cause. A new column is posted the third Thursday of each month.