On first impression, Rita's schoolgirl face, charming smile and bookish glasses suggest a friendly, almost tranquil, persona; someone you'd like to sit and chat with, maybe invite to the coffee house for a latte and a friendly game of backgammon... Well, watch out. She will kick your butt and take your money. Any game, anytime, anywhere. When it's over, she'll help you up, hand you your hat, and give you back your money; then take you up on the coffee. Her competitiveness comes from having an older brother; her passion for games comes from creative parents; her skills come from another planet. She has a personal goal of learning something new every year of her life; diminishing the chances of any of us ever beating her at anything.