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Poulsen
Member since Apr-22-04 · Last seen Sep-18-17
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 803 times to chessgames   [more...]
   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 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 ...
 
   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.
 
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