Middle age washout; not much of a chess player, either.
Favorite player: Emmanuel Lasker, author of two of my favorite quotes (not just from chess but from anywhere). I'm quoting both from memory, so they may be a bit off.
1) "The merciless fact, culminating in checkmate, contradicts the hypocrite."
2) Re: his taking the title from Steinitz: "The thinker has been defeated by the player."
Hard not to love the guy. Had interests outside of chess, too.