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sfm
Member since Mar-25-05 · Last seen Feb-07-16
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.

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   sfm has kibitzed 1644 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-12-16 S Thatte vs M Liu, 2013 (replies)
 
sfm: There are very few games where it is common to resign, right now I can only think of chess, snooker and boxing. Otherwise the losing party gains no credit for dropping out before the end of the game. On the contrary. It is OK to resign in chess whenever you want, but it is definitely ...
 
   Jan-04-16 A Tate vs L Colompar, 2013 (replies)
 
sfm: Ouch, Black did not get well from start. It becomes a Philidor, about which Larsen once wrote: "An opening you have to know well to avoid the many pitfalls - and you may still get a squeezed position that only few will like." In any case, 3.-,g6 looks like a mistake. There are only 2 ...
 
   Dec-23-15 R Mamedov vs A R Saleh Salem, 2014 (replies)
 
sfm: <Coriolis: I still think 42. Nf5 is not a bad move, albeit not as good as the model answer. Prove me wrong.> How is 43.RxN, e.g. 43.-,gxR 44.Rg1 for a proof? ;-)
 
   Dec-22-15 A Slavin vs Zhong Zhang, 2015 (replies)
 
sfm: Did White forfeit somehow? Otherwise it is bit early to resign?! I suppose Black will play 27.-,Qc1+
 
   Dec-21-15 Axel Smith
 
sfm: He has a very pleasant personality, BTW.
 
   Dec-19-15 Mieses vs M Kann, 1885 (replies)
 
sfm: <Might be better to start the puzzle at black's move 13...> Certainly. 13.-,Nxd4!! is seriously ingenious. 15.Rd1? is a fatal mistake, losing more material, instead 15.Kh1 reduces the loss to a pawn and White can fight on. In the puzzle position Black is piece down, Rc1 picks up
 
   Dec-18-15 M van der Werf vs Nijboer, 2001 (replies)
 
sfm: There's a little rule, obvious but handy, to realize here: If your unblocked and unthreatened pawn on your 7th rank threatens an opponent's knight then queening can't be stopped. The knight is especially unfortunate in this matter. In any other case the pawn can be prevented from ...
 
   Dec-17-15 M Karthikeyan vs Eljanov, 2014 (replies)
 
sfm: 51.-,c3!!, a brilliant move. Black will of course have seen the obvious 52.Lxc3(!),LxL?? 53.gxh,gxh 54.Nxd5 with the wrong-coloured bishop giving White an easy draw. But 52.-,LxS+! Pretty little thing. Agreed, this puzzle should have been given moves earlier and days ...
 
   Dec-15-15 Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 (replies)
 
sfm: <keypusher: There are 10 pages of kibitzing on this game, and nine of them concern whether 0-0-0# or Kd2# was [more artistic] . Not as irritating as [I can't believe this game hasn't been kibitzed] . But close.> You are right, truly annoying that nobody mentions the only ...
 
   Dec-15-15 B Kienboeck vs D Dardha, 2015 (replies)
 
sfm: <23 ... If black plays 23...Bxd5, then white can fight back with: 23...♗xd5, 24.exd5 ♗f4, 25.h3 ♕g3...> Or maybe Black would at this point prefer 25.-,Rxc2 :-)
 
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