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Member since Mar-25-05 · Last seen Apr-21-18
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 1773 times to chessgames   [more...]
   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 ...
   Apr-10-18 Li Chao vs G Quparadze, 2017 (replies)
sfm: <patzer2: The clear losing move ... was 27. Qc3? etc.> Thank you. Please keep posting info like this.
   Apr-01-18 AlphaZero vs Stockfish, 2017 (replies)
sfm: I saw 21.Bg5 in seconds. But OK, having been through this game 3 or 4 times earlier made have made it easier to spot.
   Mar-30-18 Kasparov vs Marjanovic, 1980 (replies)
sfm: <Annie K.: Ah, thanks, although that was posted over 4 years ago. Not that I mind its resurfacing. ;)> And THAT was posted more than 8 years ago. So we have a discussion spanning over 12 years. My opinion (probably tremendously important): You are certainly entitled to your ...
   Mar-29-18 A Bollengier vs F Babar, 1993
sfm: White's position is of course lost. Resigning - if that is what happened - is absurd. But some people love to resign, as it was a noble thing in itself.
   Mar-28-18 F Babar vs M Basman, 1993 (replies)
sfm: I like Keene's statement about Basman (as pr. my memory): "Luckily for the rest of us he always played these crazy openings. When he played something sensible he was really dangerous." But even with the crazy openings, he could obviously still be dangerous.
   Mar-27-18 Gufeld vs Kavalek, 1962 (replies)
sfm: One of my top-ten all-time favorites. It is also the only game I know where a player after 35 moves have all pawn and no pieces left. BTW, Chessgames has added moves. Earlier the last move in the game was 32.-,Kf4. Hard to believe the moves after that were actually played. In this ...
   Mar-22-18 Karjakin vs Caruana, 2016 (replies)
sfm: I can recall how many times I have seen this game since I saw it real-time back then. Many, but I am getting older. The solution was some sac here, hmmm. Maybe Qxb4, but then again, it is not Monday. Hmmm. Hmmm.
   Mar-20-18 Polugaevsky vs Nunn, 1980 (replies)
sfm: <mike1: Nunn is certainly underrated.> If you mean his numerical rating we have the one we deserve. As for being underappreciated, well, I have always thought he is absolutely terrific, a top contender in the "World Championship in Fearless and Exciting Chess". Very few players ...
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