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Poulsen
Member since Apr-22-04 · Last seen Jul-07-17
Played my first recorded games in the wake of the Spassky-Fischer '72-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. In Norway the effect is very visible, but beyond ... hmmm. He is no doubt a worthy champ, at times even dominate, but still: I don't see him holding his throne for that many years.

Professionally I am Master of Science in civil engineering - and is currently employed at Aalborg University, where I work with working environment and contingency planning.


   Poulsen has kibitzed 793 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-06-17 Garry Kasparov (replies)
 
Poulsen: Hmm, it's fine to see him back, but I can't help thinking, that his motivation is lack of money. Something many other top chessplayers has experienced, when their names no longer attracts funding etc.. He must be facing the fact, that the name Kasparov is not as hot as it was 10 ...
 
   Jul-04-17 Capablanca - Alekhine World Championship Match (1927) (replies)
 
Poulsen: I haven't read all of the above, so maybe others has mentioned this: the matches in question all happened in the troublesome years following the Great War. In those years $ 10.000 was indeed a sizeable sum - no matter the country and date. It must have been very difficult to find a ...
 
   Jun-15-17 Karpov - Fischer World Championship Match (1975) (replies)
 
Poulsen: <WorstPlayerEver><Too bad though every genius comes with quirks>. Since Fischer clearly had great 'skills in a particular area of activity' (chess) it could be argued, that he was a genius. But personally I find it very difficult to use such word about a man, who in ...
 
   May-31-17 Panno vs Aitken, 1958 (replies)
 
Poulsen: <bcokugras><Why didn't black play 8... Kxe4?> You must mean Nxe4 - in anycase white has a queen check on a4 - and black loses a piece for the pawn.
 
   May-24-17 Larsen vs Najdorf, 1956 (replies)
 
Poulsen: Clearly Larsen had respect for his famous opponent - a few years later he would have played on in such a position.
 
   May-23-17 Kramnik - Topalov World Championship Match (2006) (replies)
 
Poulsen: @<ChessHigherCat><Absentee> C'mon, be nice, both of you. @<<ChessHigherCat> A suggestion - try to formulate yourself a bit more briefly. You don't need to go over US bombings in Syria, the Litvinenko-affair, russian hacking etc. to make a point. We all know, ...
 
   May-15-17 Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais (replies)
 
Poulsen: No doubt La Bourdonnais and his mathes against McDonnell are very important to chess. It was these matches, that prepared the ground for international tournaments and matches, thus transforming the gentlemans game into a true sport. If there is anyone among the old master I would ...
 
   May-02-17 Larsen vs Pachman, 1964
 
Poulsen: In the endgame it's a problem for black, that his pawn is not in front of whites pawn. The white king will simply pass the black pawn on the outside and push through to e6 and f5/f6 and then its all over, f.x. 60.-,Nc4 61.Kd3,Nd6 62.Ne4 and white wins
 
   Apr-29-17 Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1930 (replies)
 
Poulsen: <Mats G><Tasteless pun. AA means Alcoholics Anonymous.> AA also means Anti-Aircraft as well as Alekhines initials off course. So IMO the pun makes perfectly sense - the AA Battery is in this game gunning down AN's defense involving a king flying to the rescue.
 
   Mar-28-17 J Kristiansen vs Short, 2006
 
Poulsen: I once mated Jens Kristiansen, who once mated Nigel Short, who once beated Garry Kasparov. Wow, I must be a good player :-).
 
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