Sharon first learned how to move the pieces in Junior High School. It was love at first move. She was so excited that she ran home from school that day to teach her parents how to play, along with the two boys who lived across the street from her, ages 5 and 7.
During those years, Sharon did everything she could to improve her game. She devoured books, practiced on the computer, and played against her friends. In High School, she joined the Chess Club and made the team. Sharon worked hard and became the 2nd board on one of the strongest chess teams in New England.
Sharon competed in her first tournament in her freshman year of High School, and there was no stopping her from then. She quickly rose up the ranks, making the U.S. Top 50 list for women. By her senior year of High School, she earned a spot on the U.S. Top 10 list for women.
Sharon sought out leadership roles and served as Captain of the team and President of the club. Equally competitive off the board, Sharon graduated 10th in a class of 333 students. She attended RI College on a full academic scholarship and chess talent award. In 1995, Sharon became the US Women’s Chess Champion.
The culmination of Sharon’s experience competitively, intellectually and her love of the game has evolved into a life’s passion for sharing the skills and benefits of chess, on and off the board.