An old fart from Northern Europe. Do have a rating from 1980's, 12xx or something like that. Long hiatus from active playing, but, have to refresh my humble skills to be able to teach some chess to a young prodigy while having a break in learning how to play the guitar.
My favourite players include (in no particular order) Capablanca (who never gave up until *the* last try), Paul Keres (love the games vs. Kotov!), Tal (assume he hated draws as much as I do), and, of course, Garry Kasparov.
Usually while looking at the games here I'll skip the openings until move 2x, unless something interesting happens earlier on.
I'd rather focus on midgames and the transition to endgames. That's usually the turning point; one good move and you'll win, and vice versa.
In case this hasn't been mentioned before, there's one really important thing in common with music and chess: tempo.
Finally, in vain of Paul Simon: "still thirsty after all these beers".