Over the years I've been an occasional chess player. Now that I'm retired, I've started playing chess more regularly again.
- In my teenage years I learned to play chess and enjoyed playing in OTB tournaments with other chess-playing students. Later in life I never became a member of a chess club, because I liked endurance sports clubs better. Occasionally I played a game of chess, but I had few chess players in my circle of acquaintances.
- About thirty years later I got an e-mail address. These were the early years of the Internet, where you could contact people with similar interests through e-mail clubs. Chess software and a game database became available for my PC. I started playing chess again, became a member of the IECG, learned Portable Game Notation and used e-mail to exchange chess moves and communicate in English with other club members around the world. After a few years my interest in chess subsided a bit.
- When I retired, I once more started playing chess, at first rated games on my iPhone with tChess Pro. Since I could not yet join the local chess club due to the restrictions in the pandemic years, I upgraded my account at Chess.com in 2021 to play fair chess games online with other individuals. Over there I now also study, puzzle and play tournaments.