48 y/o chess player from New Jersey here. Been playing the game pretty much my whole life.
I was never really interested in studying new chess openings or theories, which is probably why my rating has not gone as high as I would like, but that's OK. I am fully capable of taking down a superior opponent that's not careful with piece placement.
Personally, I think chess is the most maddening, most frustrating, most cursed, most
engrossing, most beautiful game on the planet and life itself is better for participating in it.