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Also where do you play (online, in person, at tournaments...), how often do you play, and what chess software and online services do you use? What is your (official or unofficial) rating, if you are willing to admit it?
(By "master level", I don't mean actual Master status... but say, 1800+ or equivalent skill.)
My father was a "master", he did not like to play with machine or software, but he often played with others using the net. I also like to play only with human beings, but I have no time, so nowadays I teach only my son. Probably I was intermediate twenty years ago
A very very long time ago I was a pretty highly rated player.
I had to stop. I would continue to see chess moves and plays everywhere and all day and all night. I suspect that the masters have a difficult time moving from life to games and back. There is no way they could have become so good without thinking about chess 24/7.
An interesting thing about the mind. It has become too large for the head. It folds over to increase ability. People with high skills can actually form new and large regions. Sadly, Einstein's brain was removed and cut into pieces and remains today in a lab.
I was an intermediate player. My main problem with getting any better is that I believe games should be fun, so would ONLY play with other players that would allow for a mutual 30-second MAX thinking before making a move. Any longer than that, and it stops being fun for me and becomes a chore. Because of that, I'd lose to players that I was in truth better than because as they started taking longer to move, I'd make purposeful mistakes just to end the game.
I joined a club a few years ago. The club was fortunate enough to have an actual USCF master level player. I played for a couple of years, but there was no real place in the club for beginning players, so I dropped out. Like any other sport, playing against upper tier players is brutal business. The game also attracts some odd personalities - even odder than me.