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Member since Feb-21-05 · Last seen Dec-12-17
I live in Reykjavik, Iceland. Chess is my way to relax after work, along with jogging and classical music. I'm an average club player, but inactive since I turned into a workaholic.

I have collected chess computers and softwares, not intentially but this has somehow piled up. In recent years I mostly play correspondent games, I'm too slow for speed games but play them anyway every now and then on the Net to get some adrenalin. I've played in tournaments and simuls and hope to have time for it again later, it's a sheer joy just to be part of such events in flesh and blood.

Here is a fun game against my venerable Galileo full size Saitek table top chesscomputer with Analyst Module, on level F8 (infinite time). I like those games of mine when I can stick to some plan rather than just playing adequate moves.

White to play

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19. ?

After White's 19th move the evaluation of the computer suddenly changes from a won position for Black to a lost one. Let the damned computer eat material!

[Date "1997"]
[White "Halldor"]
[Black "Galileo, Analyst F8."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C18"]
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 Ne7 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 c5 7. Qg4 O-O 8. Bd3 Nbc6 9. Qh5 h6 10. Bxh6 gxh6 11. Qxh6 Nf5 12. Bxf5 exf5 13. O-O-O c4 14. Nh3 Qe7 15. Rhe1 Qxa3+ 16. Kb1 Re8 17. Ng5 Nd8 18. Re3 Qa6 19. e6 Bxe6 <19...Nxe6? 20. Qh7 etc would have been a nice mate> 20. Rh3 Qb5+ 21. Kc1 Qb1+ 22. Kxb1 f4 23. Qh8# 1-0

   Halldor has kibitzed 698 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-17-17 Flohr vs Bogoljubov, 1931 (replies)
Halldor: I'm glad to see that I wasn't the only one who found this rather difficult.
   Jul-03-17 J Montezinos vs Euwe, 1927 (replies)
Halldor: Nice deflection move. This reminds me of the positions I got when I was six years old and liked to walk the King. I was punished for that.
   May-11-16 Jon R Stephenson vs A McIntosh, 1983 (replies)
Halldor: WOW, what an incredible attack early in the game!
   Apr-12-16 Yifan Hou vs H J Cordes, 2015 (replies)
Halldor: The King is the worst defender. Look for a combination when the King alone is defending a piece.
   Mar-24-16 B Al Qudaimi vs B Amin, 2014 (replies)
Halldor: My first try had 29… Ree1, which doesn't mate, so I looked for a while for some other lines before I found the improvement 29 Reh5! which nails it.
   Nov-24-15 Y Sakharov vs Nezhmetdinov, 1957 (replies)
Halldor: The Black King is in critical position, nearly stalemate, so I looked for a mate, and after few minutes I found 31 h5+ Kxh5 and 32 Rg7, which seems to be almost mate. Now White can mate with either g4 or Rf5, so Black has to play 32… Ne3. But now the knight seems to be overworked, ...
   Oct-28-15 J Klinger vs J Norgaard, 1982 (replies)
Halldor: This shows the incredible power of the double check. Actually clearance, double check and pawn advance or épaule mate by the Queen because of the overloaded black Rook.
   Oct-19-15 Vaganian vs A Planinc, 1975 (replies)
Halldor: Got it after a very long thought. Difficult for Monday, but if it had been for Tuesday some would say it was more a Monday one... - Very beautiful at least.
   Oct-14-15 A Goryachkina vs A Nasybullina, 2014 (replies)
Halldor: Usually the pawn is a good defender but not here.
   Aug-11-15 F Vallejo Pons vs G van der Stricht, 2005 (replies)
Halldor: This took me too long time, because I only considered 27 Bxf6? (after 26 Nf6+ gxf6), and the Black Queen then stops the attack. But when I at last saw 27 Qxf6! everything became obvious.
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