My uncle Wilson, who recently passed away at the age of 96, taught me how to play chess when I was 5. I would have the board set up at his place at the dinner table and he would come home in his RCA TV repairman uniform every night, and we'd play as he ate his dinner. No matter how hard I tried, I could never beat my uncle, and I didn't play chess much after that for decades. Then I joined Chess.com in September 2010 and since then I have played thousands of games. This game never gets old and never stops being challenging. I would say the game of CHESS is one of the great achievements of the human brain.
In spite of my initial shyness about interaction (via the chat box) with other players, I was drawn inexorably to the game. Now I find I actually look forward to my chats with my chess opponents and get lots of joy from these exchanges! I especially enjoy mingling with an international community. It's so wonderful to meet my brothers and sisters from all over the planet over a lovely game. If only we could solve the world's conflicts over a nice civilized game of chess.
"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea." --Antoine de Saint Exupery