For the last eight years, I have been the editor of an astronomy blog at called nightShifted Astronomy. More recently, my passions and interest have drifted from the heavens down to the sixty-four squares of the chessboard, a game commonly referred to as the Game of Kings. As of the time I am writing this post, I am an unrated member of the United States Chess Federation and the Ohio Chess Association. It is my hope that this site will serve as a conduit for other students (and perhaps masters) of the game as I begin my journey toward my initial goal of becoming a chess expert.

My education background is primarily in theology and I view the chessboard as an extension of my spiritual journey. There are many life lessons to be learned on board and it is my hope that I can successfully integrate elements of spirituality, science, art, and philosophy into my work. I hope that you will join in support of my goal as I begin the arduous task of analyzing games, reviewing tournaments, and writing about the many ways that chess influences my life on a daily basis.

God Bless, Wesley Surber