I learned to play at in 1967 at 12, and fell in love with the game immediately.  My first USCF tournament was in Los Alamos N.M.  I won a game against James Tuck, one of the physicists who contributed a vital part of the development of the Plutonium based A-Bomb, and won my last game in 7 hours (86 moves) with a B and N mate.  Haven't equaled that performance since! 

But all is not glory in Chess, as we all know. I added this game after reading the thread about playing Chess while drinking.  This is my shameful example! As you can see, I had a won game up until this drunken travesty.