Played my first recorded games in the wake of the Spassky-Fischer match. But did not go into serious chess until mid-1980'es.
I made steady - at times swift - progress - and a few years later I qualified for playing at masters level - I won many prices in tournament play - on the way up a particular year of hightlight was 1991, when I was awarded a nationwide brillianzy price for the best move that year. The game was publiced everywhere - also on radio - and its was annotated by several masters, including Bent Larsen: "move of the week ... move of the month ... move of the year" - I will never forget that. Thanks for the kind words - and RIP Larsen.
However family life, professional career etc. stopped futher progress. For more than 20 years or so I have only played for fun - and only in rare occations in serious events - such as teammatches.
I have no regrets - a quest for a title was never in my dreams anyway.
I keep a reasonable collection of chessbooks and magazines - but properly it will be sold off in due time. My children has not shown any real interest in the game, so ....
Chess is still fun to me, but I am pretty sure, that it will never become a significant sport - despite new developments and progress in Asia, Africa etc..
Also very possible there will be a 'Carlsen-effect' - now that he is WCh - but the effect will be shortlived, I predict. He is no doubt a worthy champ, but there is no signs of him being a major proponent for the game - yet. After the fuss at Chennai we are back at the same attention level for chess as before. Which means next to no attention at all.
We have had our fun with this game - and studied it intensely for more than 500 years. In a 100 years from now - properly much sooner - the puzzle of the game is finally solved - once and for all.
Heck, it will be no surprise to me, if someone on the basis of complete computer knowledge of the game invents a mathematical formula for 'correct' chess.
In any case chess has had its time. And we should have no regrets.