I play quite a bit of chess. My Dad and Uncle started me when I was but a young spud. I have always enjoyed the game. Now that I can play timed games on-line it has transformed the experience. I have played young U.S. Marines who were stationed in Okinawa and Latvian widows and Brazilian teens and men from India and Russia and Greece. Long gone are the days when I played by mail with my Uncle who lived in Connecticut. The glacially slow pace of that arrangement was in retrospect quaint but would frustrate a player today.