Greetings. My father taught me to play chess when I was 9 years old. He only taught me piece moves and no tactics. However, I was lucky to have some friends and family that also played, so I learned a little. I read some books and played a little through high school and college, but was not serious and had few good oponents. When I joined my current company, that changed. Suddenly I met better players and had to begin studying to learn openings, tactics, etc. I play regularly now, both on line and over the board.
To me, chess is a delightful past time. It is recerational. I enjoy the struggle-- the war on the board. I enjoy learning and improving, both thru play and some study, but chess is still just a hobby for me. I do not compete. I play for fun and personal reward.
I enjoy the online games, especially with people from all over the world.