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sfm
Member since Mar-25-05 · Last seen Jun-20-18
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 1782 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-12-18 M Efroimski vs T Munkhchuluun, 2008
 
sfm: <patzer2: White's decisive mistake was 41. Be2?, allowing today's Tuesday puzzle solution 41...Raxe2 -+. Instead, 41. Re2 = (0.00 @ 25 ply, Stockfish 9 analysis of move 41...?) would've held it level.> As always: thanks. I think most visitors find the solution easily, and those ...
 
   Jun-09-18 Averbakh vs Kotov, 1953 (replies)
 
sfm: The sac is obvious, and Averbakh will of course have seen it too when playing 30.-,Ne2. Like always, chess is mostly the art of evaluaton. "There must be a mate!" Then at times, nope, there wasn't. This is what makes chess exciting. Taking the leap! Calculating something to its ...
 
   May-17-18 N Baktach vs Marjorie Herrera, 2016
 
sfm: 35.RxB
 
   May-09-18 C Bleis vs K Haznedaroglu, 2005 (replies)
 
sfm: I missed the defense 34.a5
 
   Apr-30-18 R Vidruska vs O Badelka, 2017 (replies)
 
sfm: <patzer2: White's decisive mistake was 31. Qxe4?..> Thank you. That late! 28.e4(!!) was a diabolic trap by WIM Badelka. White is a reasonably strong player, around 2100. She still fell into the trivial 31.Qxe4??,Qxf2 32.Qxg6(?),Qxg1+ While 'everything can happen to anyone' ...
 
   Apr-29-18 Larsen vs Iskov, 1975
 
sfm: Black resigns, rather than awaiting 32.Nh4,Ne7 33.Bc5
 
   Apr-29-18 Ole Larsen vs N S Nilsson, 1981
 
sfm: 4 years have passed, but please give me a bit more time...
 
   Apr-24-18 M Moe vs P Cramling, 1980
 
sfm: <Granny O Doul: Unless I am missing something...> What you say looks right to me.
 
   Apr-18-18 Caruana vs T Petrik, 2006
 
sfm: <patzer2: White was busted after 30. R(a)d1? (should have played 30. Qe4 =), allowing 30...Rf4! -+. By the time it came around to move 34, White had no chance...> Aha! Cute little threat with 35.-,Re2+, there is no satisfactory parade. <whiteshark: Is that the same Fabiano ...
 
   Apr-14-18 M Bach vs R Schubert, 1996 (replies)
 
sfm: 26.Rg1?? is just an oversight. It is a little annoying to spend the powers of Her Majesty on 26.Qf3, but White must have some advantage with the d-pawn, the outpost on c7, the option of Nc4, or may it should go to f3 (after Qf3-f2). Blacks bishops are constrained. Nice fighting by ...
 
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