I am a fan of chess since a long time ago. I appreciate chess as a beautiful game with artistic and scientific connections ... but I devote a lot of energy to my other activities (math, computer science), so I cannot consider chess at the same level, my interest is more mundane and superficial. Nevertheless, I am following the most important tournaments during the year thanks to <chessgames> and learning some additional things in the process.
1) My username? If you are an inexperienced player and want to be seduced into chess, I guess it is difficult to do that by appreciating a nice win after a long positional struggle, for example. So, probably most of the current fans were fascinated about chess because of being impressed by a special game or a special winning combination (even if their tastes changed with time as has happened to me).
In my case, the game Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889
caused a big impression on me. This features the famous "Lasker Sacrifice" (in the category of double bishop sacrifices) and <MY USERNAME corresponds to Lasker's fantastic 17th move in that game>. What I got impressed in that time (I was 12 years old) is that the first bishop sacrifice 15.Bxh7+ is common in practice, but I suppose the second one was shocking for his opponent and ended in a spectacular victory.
After knowing Lasker's winning combination in that game, I became more interested in chess; of course, I also started to understand the beauty and value behind more sophisticated games.
3) My favourite chess players in cronological order, are
Emanuel Lasker, Vasily Smyslov, David Bronstein, Mikhail Tal, Boris Spassky, Viswanathan Anand, Vassily Ivanchuk, Alexey Shirov,
Vladimir Kramnik, Judit Polgar and Levon Aronian.