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sfm
Member since Mar-25-05 · Last seen May-23-17
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.


   sfm has kibitzed 1723 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-06-17 E Karavade vs A Gupta, 2016
 
sfm: 59.-,g1R is not the strongest. Better is 59.-,g1B, minimizing the loss. And yes, I am a computer.
 
   May-01-17 Deep Thought vs V Rao, 1988
 
sfm: Silicon showing teeth already in '88. 27.f5! and 28.Rf1! and the a2-g8 diagonal is causing Black too much trouble. Cute little last move, picking up an exchange and closing the game.
 
   Apr-20-17 G Meier vs Carlsen, 2017 (replies)
 
sfm: <CountryGirl: It was nice of Georg to play it out for the spectators at the end.> Certainly! Some spectators are (still) entry-level chessplayers, and when the game 'suddenly stops' they are left with an unsatisfied feeling, which will not contribute to their interest. With no ...
 
   Apr-13-17 Saemisch vs Koltanowski, 1926 (replies)
 
sfm: <morfishine: The more I look at this game, the less impressed I become and the more disappointed I become in Kolty's play> OK, but to my knowledge nobody has ever accused you of being easy to impress.
 
   Apr-12-17 J F Campbell vs A Ehrlich, 1990 (replies)
 
sfm: I'd rather lose 10 games than having a proven record of being unsportsmanlike by taking a win this way. There's no excuse in 'the heat of the moment', this is a correspondence games. James Franklin Campbell, cheap fellow. Chess is to be won on the board. Usage of technicalities ...
 
   Mar-25-17 P Carlsson vs I Papaioannou, 2007 (replies)
 
sfm: Great resistance to the very end. Cute little trick with 38.-,Qd7. People give up much too early. I have probably won 15% of my "hopeless positions" over time. And 85% of my "decisive advantages". It adds up to that it is 100% certain that fighting pays.
 
   Mar-19-17 E Tate vs Y Shulman, 2001
 
sfm: One of the best puns for a long time, apart from that it is not quite silly enough.
 
   Mar-18-17 Karpov vs Ponomariov, 2007 (replies)
 
sfm: <BOOSTER: I'd play 31.-,Qg4...> White might try 32.Bd7,Qxd7 33.Kg2 as a last resort.
 
   Mar-18-17 Stefansson vs Carlsen, 2007
 
sfm: 20.Nxf7! is brilliant, and shows that White is a very strong player. Just bad luck that the ! must be replaced by a ?, as an even more brilliant reply existed. Now, when exactly did Carlsen realize that there was that answer to 20.Nxf7 ?
 
   Mar-09-17 S Surak vs Jones, 1991 (replies)
 
sfm: "Resigns" - but who has the better position? Black's center pawns look impressive, but there is strong pressure on them and more is to come. White should of course avoid getting mated soon, but if that is the concern then Qg3+ should stop most worries. A pity we did not see the end.
 
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