My chess life is rather limited compared to many in terms of time span, but in number of games I have probably played too much. 🙂 It wasn't until college when I started but since then I've racked up over 6000 games, learning on the fly but gaining friends in the process. When I play chess, it is for the challenge, for the mental exercise, and for the love of the competition. Ratings are irrelevant, gloating is futile. I'm here to have fun and learn at the same time the competition is high.
For racing fans, beit F1 (or former F1 fans after the USGP), IRL, NASCAR, or WRC. All clan challengers must have a CLAN policy not to timeout on vacations. We don't abuse this, but we have lives and are in this for the game, not the rating points.