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sfm
Member since Mar-25-05 · Last seen Jul-28-14
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.


   sfm has kibitzed 1472 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-28-14 E Hearst vs Larry Evans, 1961
 
sfm: Instructive game for "opening the center as a response to a wing attack". Would 17.e5 have been better?
 
   Jul-28-14 Fischer vs E Hearst, 1956
 
sfm: Errors in the scoresheet? it says 38.Rc2,Rc4 but instead Black has 38.-,Rd1+ 39.Kg2,Qg3#
 
   Jul-25-14 A Hodges vs A E Blackmar, 1892 (replies)
 
sfm: Fine game, not an easy attack to play. <Phony Benoni: ... Black was not the gambit guy.> Surprise! I have never heard the name 'Blackmar' elsewhere. So TWO Blackmar chessplayers, with the same initials. Well, there is also this T. Petrosian.
 
   Jul-24-14 I Blek vs Tal, 1952
 
sfm: When you play a move like 14.-,Rf8 you are either a genius or a beginner.
 
   Jul-23-14 J D Tisdall vs Judit Polgar, 1988 (replies)
 
sfm: 30.-,R8h4(!!) What a cunning b.... She knows perfectly well that White will play 31.Nf3??, a move that is good in every way, except...
 
   Jul-15-14 Stockfish vs Rybka, 2013 (replies)
 
sfm: You really need to be a computer to understand a move like 14.Bc1 Nice game.
 
   Jul-15-14 Chigorin vs Burn, 1905 (replies)
 
sfm: Probably Chigorin got confused for a second. As, in a discovered check you can capture the check-giving piece in response, and the black queen is under fire from the bishop on b3. But 13.-,Bf2+ is not a really a 'discovered check'.
 
   Jul-07-14 G Mazzoni vs J Minaya Molano, 1964 (replies)
 
sfm: <shaikh123: what's wrong with 30.Qg5?> Nothing. 30.-,Bh6 31.QxB,Rg8 32.Rg7 (again!) and mate next move.
 
   Jul-07-14 Euwe vs S Landau, 1939
 
sfm: Neat ending zugzwang (although Black wins in any case).
 
   Jul-05-14 Letelier vs Najdorf, 1954 (replies)
 
sfm: The little cutie after 27.-,Re8(!) is worth noticing. Black would like to take away White's control of g8 so the king can go there. 28.Rh1??,Rxe6! and Black stalls the mate long enough to succeed with his own murder plans on the other side. But 28.Bf7! keeps g8 under control, and now it
 
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