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Poulsen
Member since Apr-22-04 · Last seen Apr-23-14
Played my first recorded games in the wake of the Spassky-Fischer match. But did not go into serious chess until mid-1980'es.

I made steady - at times swift - progress - and a few years later I qualified for playing at masters level - I won many prices in tournament play - on the way up a particular year of hightlight was 1991, when I was awarded a nationwide brillianzy price for the best move that year. The game was publiced everywhere - also on radio - and its was annotated by several masters, including Bent Larsen: "move of the week ... move of the month ... move of the year" - I will never forget that. Thanks for the kind words - and RIP Larsen.

However family life, professional career etc. stopped futher progress. For more than 20 years or so I have only played for fun - and only in rare occations in serious events - such as teammatches. I have no regrets - a quest for a title was never in my dreams anyway.

I keep a reasonable collection of chessbooks and magazines - but properly it will be sold off in due time. My children has not shown any real interest in the game, so ....

Chess is still fun to me, but I am pretty sure, that it will never become a significant sport - despite new developments and progress in Asia, Africa etc..

Also very possible there will be a 'Carlsen-effect' - now that he is WCh - but the effect will be shortlived, I predict. He is no doubt a worthy champ, but there is no signs of him being a major proponent for the game - yet. After the fuss at Chennai we are back at the same attention level for chess as before. Which means next to no attention at all.

We have had our fun with this game - and studied it intensely for more than 500 years. In a 100 years from now - properly much sooner - the puzzle of the game is finally solved - once and for all.

Heck, it will be no surprise to me, if someone on the basis of complete computer knowledge of the game invents a mathematical formula for 'correct' chess.

In any case chess has had its time. And we should have no regrets.


   Poulsen has kibitzed 674 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-21-14 Capablanca vs Nimzowitsch, 1928
 
Poulsen: Game was adjouned at move 30. "Nimzowitsch was the most unhappy man of the tournament. For the first time in his life he was winning against Capablanca. When game was adjourned he was totally confused. He analyzed with Bogoljubow. Nimzowitsch was like a sick hen. He snapped at his ...
 
   Apr-21-14 Botvinnik vs Euwe, 1946
 
Poulsen: This is indeed an important game. Euwe played his best tournament ever in Groningen. The endgame is almost identical to a game played in St. Petersburg 1914: Lasker vs Rubinstein, 1914 . Only difference is the reversed colors and the h-pawns (which would have been a-pawns in the ...
 
   Apr-15-14 Book vs Ingerslev, 1929
 
Poulsen: <Olavi> Great job - thx. I have not yet been able to confirm Viggo Ingerslev's status as secretary, but never mind that. It's not important. But it is nice to known for the sake of chesshistory, that this game is a casual game.
 
   Apr-15-14 Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1908 (replies)
 
Poulsen: <Gypsy> .... a minor addition: often it is claimed, that Tarrasch was way over the hill at the time he met Lasker (he was 46 years old by then), but so was Lasker at 40 years old! Still both were arguable the 2 best players in the world at this point in time.
 
   Apr-15-14 Larsen vs Ivkov, 1965
 
Poulsen: My guess is, that Larsen actually looked at Bh6 (since he needed to put that bishop somewhere), but only in the context of the follow up moves Qf6+ and Qxf7+. But then he cannot utilize his white bishop fast enough - strangely enough the king is more safe on the h-line than the ...
 
   Apr-09-14 Paul G M Lam
 
Poulsen: <torrefan><Born a GM ....> Not exactly - he was formally appointed a G M, while being a few weeks old. And it is not certain, that he in fact is the youngest G M in history - but he was certainly so by birthright.
 
   Apr-09-14 Merian vs Steinitz, 1884 (replies)
 
Poulsen: Spicy game by Merian :-\
 
   Apr-02-14 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
 
Poulsen: <ChemMac><I fear that this is not a joke> Ever been on a working oilrig in the Northern Atlantic mid-november? Yup, a perfect environment for high level chessmatches - f.x. you don't need to worry about spectators rattling with keys and pocket change - you can't hear it ...
 
   Apr-02-14 Vassily Ivanchuk (replies)
 
Poulsen: <Jambow><Chess world certainly is more interesting for him and Morozevich to me anyway.> Could not agree more - they both enrich the game at high level. However it seems to me, that neither of them has produced significant brilliances for quite a while.
 
   Apr-01-14 Y Porat vs Bronstein, 1964
 
Poulsen: In the final position white will have to give his rook to stop the h-pawn - f.x. 42.Rf5,Rb7 43.Rh5,Rh7 etc.. Even though white can get a free pawn on the a-file it won't be enough.
 
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