My Real Life: I have been happily married for over 33 years, have two wonderful adult sons, and a successful career in restaurant management.
My Chess Game: I am a chess nut. My father taught me to play when I was a boy and bought my first chess board, set, clock and book after I showed a continuing interest in the game. Since then I have always considered myself a student of the game, studying but never feeling like I've learned enough to be "good".
I find chess to be a great way to take my mind away from the challenges of my career, and will often use some "spare time" late at night to pick up a quick game (or two) of chess on-line. Usually I'll play fairly quick time controls due to the limited amount of time I set aside, but before or after the game I will be quite agreeable to a bit of "chat" if my opponent is so inclined.
I have started playing a couple of "turn based" games on Chess.com, and find the pace and quality of these games to be quite agreeable. I never use a chess engine during an on-going game, but will analyze most games with "Crafty" after they are over to (hopefully) continue to learn and improve.
I tend to resign games when I judge them to be completely lost, unless the time remaining is a critical factor. Sometimes I may play beyond the point where I think my resignation is in order, if the position is interesting or if I believe I can learn from my opponent's technique. Whether I win, lose or draw, I will attempt to be courteous and polite, and will usually thank my opponent for sharing one of my greatest pleasures... a simple game of chess.