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Poulsen
Member since Apr-22-04 · Last seen Nov-09-17
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 809 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-24-17 Jose Raul Capablanca (replies)
 
Poulsen: <Stonehenge><Or from this simul ...> Very possible indeed. Maybe Capablanca made a stop in Berlin on his way to Moscow (1925) ?! Remember chess masters in those days did not simply travel around like tourists would do today. Travel time and travel expenses limited travel
 
   Oct-09-17 Manuel Augusto Molina
 
Poulsen: A NN with a name, I guess
 
   Oct-03-17 Siegbert Tarrasch (replies)
 
Poulsen: <zanzibar> Check and mate amounts to three words :-)
 
   Oct-03-17 Kavalek vs Larsen, 1979
 
Poulsen: <offramp><...Qc7 is the important move. I play it as early as possible to stop the white bishop going to f4>. True - and many follow up with a quick Bd6. I have my own counter to this as white: c3, g3 and Bg2 and if possible Bh6 in order to prevent black from advancing ...
 
   Sep-18-17 Steinbach vs Schachcomputer, 1982 (replies)
 
Poulsen: <WorstPlayerEver> Also the names of the chess computers were more impressive than their actual chessabilities. Less than a decade later the latter was about to change. I still have a chesscomputer called Novag Constellation Forte B - and it plays reasonable well. Most players ...
 
   Sep-04-17 Botvinnik vs Larsen, 1970 (replies)
 
Poulsen: <Howard><So, perhaps Larsen's accomplishment should have a small asterisk next to it> IMO not at all. If you win - or at least find yourself at the top of the table in every tournament you enter, no-on can expect more. When Carlsen swept all aside and won Nanjing 2009 ...
 
   Aug-23-17 D Simpson vs W Moulds, 1892
 
Poulsen: Huh? Great grandfather? LOL. In any case: no shame in his defeat, he lost to a guy, that has scored 100 % in all off his games - according to this database.
 
   Aug-18-17 K G Shirazi vs D Gurevich, 1985 (replies)
 
Poulsen: Would 52.-,Kc3 have drawn? White wins in the game after 52.-,Bh7 because whites king and knight dominates the bishop at g6. However if the bishop goes to the a4 - e8 diagonal domination will not be so easy - or?
 
   Aug-15-17 Paul Morphy (replies)
 
Poulsen: <Boomie><As luck would have it, your views of Morphy and his motivations are well off the mark> Really? - I don't think so. Why do you? For example I find this citation from the batgirl account particular noteworthy: "Morphy was never so passionately fond, so ...
 
   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 ...
 
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