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Member since Mar-25-05 · Last seen Nov-22-14
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. Full Member

   sfm has kibitzed 1518 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-22-14 H Spangenberg vs Kasparov, 1997
sfm: <ConLaMismaMano: Why did Kasparov resign here? > Good question, it is very early. Having a lost position is totally insufficient reason. Maybe he'd rather concentrate on the other games. Thanks for waiting 10 years for this comment! :-)
   Nov-21-14 Anand vs Carlsen, 2014 (replies)
sfm: <rimbert12: Isnīt Bxd5 an option at all? Sorry for silly questions.> Not silly! But the answer is 20.Bxa6 and black loses a piece
   Nov-20-14 Rubinstein vs Lasker, 1909
sfm: <Cheapo by the Dozen: Lasker seems to have been a nice guy. At least, that's what my grandmother told me. She met him as a little girl, and played board games with him, specifically the German game Muehle.> Far out, man! What a story. The chess world would be grateful for any ...
   Nov-20-14 S Takacs vs Rubinstein, 1929 (replies)
sfm: Incredibly brilliant.
   Nov-20-14 Carlsen vs Anand, 2014 (replies)
sfm: It looks so hopeless for black after 31.Rh5. He is bound to lose his e-pawn. Material will be equal, but what a difference in pawn structure. White's two passed pawns will decide immediately, it's child's play. I was sure it was game over here. 31.-,Rf8 32.Ke3 makes no difference. But ...
   Nov-18-14 Anand vs Carlsen, 2014 (replies)
sfm: <MrMag: Bobby Fischer would have crushed any of these drawing fools today !!!!> Yes, in 5 moves at most, sure.
   Nov-11-14 Anand vs Carlsen, 2014 (replies)
sfm: One problem with this position is, that it is easier to blunder with the White pieces.
   Nov-09-14 Carlsen vs Anand, 2014 (replies)
sfm: <f0xl0ck: The problem for Vishy is he's playing chess and Magnus isn't really...> Even if this was true, chess to me is about mating the opponents king, and if not possible, avoid getting mated yourself. The most beautiful move is the strongest move. It's not about 'playing ...
   Nov-08-14 Anand vs Carlsen, 2014 (replies)
sfm: Apart from losing the game Black has nothing to fear.
   Nov-05-14 A Sokolov vs A Desboeufs, 2004 (replies)
sfm: This time not "The Wrong Rook" on 17.Rd!f1. Not the natural looking 17.Rh?f1,Rxd3 allowing black to play on as the mate is gone. An exchange down and with a lousy position, OK, but alive. But 17.Rdf1 wins Q for R or mates. Precision, my dear Watson.
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