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sfm
Member since Mar-25-05 · Last seen Mar-27-15
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.

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   sfm has kibitzed 1555 times to chessgames   [more...]
   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.
 
   Mar-18-15 M Ortueta Esteban vs J Sanz, 1933
 
sfm: Yeah, I remember this one from when I was young, listed as "Ortueta-Sanz". <FSR>s link to http://timkr.home.xs4all.nl/chess/r... is indispensable reading.
 
   Mar-17-15 Yanofsky vs L Joyner, 1965 (replies)
 
sfm: <eblunt: Slightly disappointing puzzle, since even without the real point of the puzzle - 31 ♖d1, white could just play 31 ♗xf6 and has a very straightforward endgame win with a ♖ for ♗ advantage.> Well, but not nearly as straightforward as with 31.Rd1, ...
 
   Mar-12-15 I Nei vs E Gleizerov, 1995
 
sfm: Maybe White lost on time. The defense was difficult.
 
   Mar-09-15 Victor Alonso Martin (replies)
 
sfm: Undoubtedly a nice fellow who's made significant progress since 2005.
 
   Mar-09-15 L Lalla vs V A Martin, 2005 (replies)
 
sfm: LOL! Must be the worst game ever shown here. Maybe Fishers very first game - with White, of course?
 
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