My grandfather used to set up a chess board. We'd decide how many of his pieces to remove for his handicap. And then he'd play like his life depended on the result.
For me chess offers a bit of time out and maybe a chat with someone, in an otherwise busy lifestyle. Chess.com offers great learning tools for this wonderful game, and I'm still improving my technique!
Other interests are cycling, trumpet, and enjoying time with my wife Anna and kids Sarah, Mackayla and Connor.
See you over a chess board sometime!