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Member since Mar-25-05 · Last seen Apr-25-15
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 1560 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-13-15 W So vs Akobian, 2015 (replies)
sfm: "I have been having trouble concentrating so I wrote a note to myself on a piece of paper (not my score sheet) said: double check triple check use your time. Akobian saw it and complained to the arbiter and a forfeit was declared. I'm sorry I did not know it was against the ...
   Apr-04-15 Svidler vs Karjakin, 2014 (replies)
sfm: <andrewjsacks: It is probably really Black to play 64...> Right, that makes sense - even though we are more in the "insane" department, considering how the game goes on.
   Mar-30-15 D Dzhangirov vs V Minakov, 2005 (replies)
sfm: <Harvestman: If you are as weak as I am at chess, then you always, always, sac the bishop. You might have miscalculated, and this way you lose a minor piece, not a queen. :-)> Excellent! It may not always look like it, but essentially chess is all about common sense.
   Mar-30-15 H Westerinen vs I Jelen, 1992
sfm: 27.-,Nf5?? Oops! Instead Black looks fine to me after 27.-,Ng6...-f8-d7
   Mar-29-15 Tarrasch vs G Marco, 1892 (replies)
sfm: Instead of 10.-,Raxd8?, Black can play 10.-,Rfxd8. If the games otherwise continues with the same moves, then on 16.Bg5 Black can simply play 16.-,Rd7 No material lost, but White is probably better.
   Mar-24-15 A Juan Delgado vs A Vella, 2013
sfm: Puzzle of the day: "Figure out what was really played..."
   Mar-19-15 Taimanov vs Panov, 1944
sfm: What a brilliancy! The 19-year old Taimanov must have been proud of this game.
   Mar-19-15 Spassky vs Fischer, 1970
sfm: Shoot, what a game, always on the edge. Cute ending.
   Mar-18-15 M Ortueta Esteban vs Alekhine, 1941
sfm: Why not try 33.Rxf4 and see how it goes.
   Mar-18-15 Przepiorka vs A Wojciechowski, 1937
sfm: 9.-,Nxe4 A brilliant combination that unfortunately fails. White gets off the hook with precise play, starting with 14.Bg2! (not 14.Bd3,RxB). Impossible to calculate. Sometimes being a lionheart just doesn't work.
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