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Member since Mar-25-05 · Last seen Mar-26-17
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 1718 times to chessgames   [more...]
   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.
   Mar-08-17 Anthony B He vs Matt B Zavortink, 2017
sfm: <Ferari: Doesn't 64...Nb4+ just win a piece, and the game?> Hard to argue against. So, a typo or two blunders? But if a typo, it is not easy to see what plausibly really could have been played instead along the wayl.
   Feb-20-17 B Khotenashvili vs Lahno, 2014
sfm: In the final position black is up a piece, but in compensation she completely dominates the board.
   Feb-19-17 Spassky vs Beliavsky, 1988 (replies)
sfm: Spasski as we know him. Also an inspiring never-say-die defense by Beliavsky in a totally lost position.
   Feb-13-17 Tal vs Simagin, 1956 (replies)
sfm: Great game, not the least because of Simagin's tenacious defense, all the way to the end. Of course Simagin will have considered the obvious 12.Nxf7 as a response to 11.-,h6, but will have thought that he was plenty strong enough on the dark squares to have his king walking that way ...
   Feb-13-17 Madsen
sfm: "Madsen" is one of the most common surnames in Denmark - so games here may not be by the same person.
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