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sfm
Member since Mar-25-05 · Last seen Aug-21-14
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 1478 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-21-14 G Meins vs L Gutman, 2004 (replies)
 
sfm: <al wazir: I got the first two moves, but not the next ten.> Good enough! In chess we are only supposed to find one move - the next right one. If done so, the reasons are only of theoretical importance.
 
   Aug-19-14 Chekhover vs Kotov, 1939
 
sfm: White probably was in deep time trouble, but made the 40 moves.
 
   Aug-18-14 Bronstein vs Zamikhovsky, 1970 (replies)
 
sfm: It is always a bit funny when somebody plays a move to prevent a feared move from the opponent - and the feared move is then played anyway. 13.-,h6 14.Ng5! 3 consecutive night moves, all to 'covered' squares. The quiet move 21.fxg is very hard to see. Black is a piece up, but he ...
 
   Jul-31-14 Blau vs Fischer, 1962
 
sfm: Whenever you see Fischer vs. Somebody Not So Famous you look at the year - and then you know how it ended. :-)
 
   Jul-31-14 E Torre vs Timman, 1982 (replies)
 
sfm: Terrific! Knowing it is a puzzle some here will have seen it all in a second. On a good day we just might have seen it in a real game of our own, right? But I am a bit afraid that I would definitely not have realized (and neither did mighty Torre) just how poisonous 25.-,Qb4(!!) is. ...
 
   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...
 
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