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sfm
Member since Mar-25-05 · Last seen Apr-30-16
I was born in Denmark in 1960. From I was 16 to 23 chess was my life, nothing else mattered. Young people with total dedication will learn. So did I. My rating grew to about 2200, and the performance rating in my last participation in the Danish team tournament was 2365. Then, in 1983, I decided to drop the game completely. Chess had become too dominating, too absorbing. Should a man really allow himself to devote so much of his life to chess, a game so limited in itself?

After a hard thinking I said "no", and never participated in another tournament.

But I miss the drama and the excitement, something I never found to the same extent elsewhere. Also, the great feeling of excellence did not return. Finally, there were the many friends you got.

Chess is still a minor addiction, which I fight. No chess software on my PC and online play-chess sites are firewalled.

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   sfm has kibitzed 1651 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-28-16 Karjakin vs Caruana, 2016 (replies)
 
sfm: <SimplicityRichard> Thanks!
 
   Mar-23-16 Korchnoi vs Uhlmann, 2015 (replies)
 
sfm: Lovely simplification at 44. White returns the exchange, leaving Black with no more play.
 
   Mar-23-16 I D Dorfman vs Romanishin, 1977 (replies)
 
sfm: Cute, walking into a helpmate. The demobilization of the white f-pawn reminded me of that famous Fischer-Benko game Fischer vs Benko, 1963 In this game, well, 13.f4 seems to be worth considering.
 
   Mar-21-16 Natalia Zhukova
 
sfm: Cheater. Disgraceful. Unworthy.
 
   Mar-01-16 Yates vs Capablanca, 1925 (replies)
 
sfm: Cute little maneuvering by the queen in the last moves. 36.-,Qc4? would be answered by 37.Bc1 and matters are suddenly less clear. So first 36.-,Qc5!, forcing the white king to a2, and now 37.-,Qc4, pinning the rook. One threat is 38.-,RxP+ 29.QxR,RxQ+ 30.KxR,Qe2 and the bishop goes, ...
 
   Jan-12-16 S Thatte vs M Liu, 2013 (replies)
 
sfm: There are very few games where it is common to resign, right now I can only think of chess, snooker and boxing. Otherwise the losing party gains no credit for dropping out before the end of the game. On the contrary. It is OK to resign in chess whenever you want, but it is definitely ...
 
   Jan-04-16 A Tate vs L Colompar, 2013 (replies)
 
sfm: Ouch, Black did not get well from start. It becomes a Philidor, about which Larsen once wrote: "An opening you have to know well to avoid the many pitfalls - and you may still get a squeezed position that only few will like." In any case, 3.-,g6 looks like a mistake. There are only 2 ...
 
   Dec-23-15 R Mamedov vs A R Saleh Salem, 2014 (replies)
 
sfm: <Coriolis: I still think 42. Nf5 is not a bad move, albeit not as good as the model answer. Prove me wrong.> How is 43.RxN, e.g. 43.-,gxR 44.Rg1 for a proof? ;-)
 
   Dec-22-15 A Slavin vs Zhong Zhang, 2015 (replies)
 
sfm: Did White forfeit somehow? Otherwise it is bit early to resign?! I suppose Black will play 27.-,Qc1+
 
   Dec-21-15 Axel Smith
 
sfm: He has a very pleasant personality, BTW.
 
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