I am an avid chess fan. I play & study chess as much as I can sometimes on-line, regular tournament & league OTB play. I also read as much as time presents me about this great royal game.
As to my favourite player it has to be Mikhail Tal the sixth World Chess Champion. This was motivated primarily from reading his autobiographic games collection titled 'The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal' and from learning that Mikhail smoked, enjoyed a drink, had a keen eye for the ladies all of which he combined (?!) with becoming the planet's sixth World Chess Champion when he dethroned the USSR automaton that was Mikhail Botvinnik - one of the world's greatest players & thinkers of chess.
Anyway, as well as being an avid chess fan I am also a season ticket holder for Manchester City Football Club & play golf, enjoy reading (Iain Banks being a particular favourite) & love listening to music of an eclectic variety (from the Beatles (John Lennon's lyrics are some of the best you'll ever hear), to Mozart to Sam Cooke to Martha Wainwright to Outkast to Habib Koité & Bamada back to Rachmaninov); good music is good music) which all equates to a much more sedentary lifestyle than my younger days when I often took the long road to nowhere looking for somwhere...
City till I Cry! Oh an don't call me Shirley.