I began playing chess against an Apple ][ at age 7. Dabbled with it until I was 13. That's when my physics teacher encouraged us to play each other after class. I spent that year getting consistently whipped by A)the other kids in my physics class, and B)Sargon III.
While I never embraced chess obsessively, I was encouraged to pursue the sciences through that teacher; whether chess is responsible for my becoming an engineer, I can't say. At the very least my mind associates the two.
I played occasionally in college, although frankly most "chess people" gave me the willies, and I had better things to do.
My nephew asked me to start a chess club at the start of last school year, and I've spent the past year teaching a group of 30-40 elementary school kids. Now I'm hooked.
My group of kids don't play competitively, and I'm not particularly pushing them that way. Later, if anybody shows up here (*sniff*) I might talk particulars of our first year at chess club. Thanks for dropping by.