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sfm
Member since Mar-25-05 · Last seen Dec-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.


   sfm has kibitzed 1706 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-04-16 P K Wells vs Y Habu, 2005 (replies)
 
sfm: There's something excessively brutal about 29.Kb1,c2+ 30.Kb2,c1Q++# so we must hope that Mr. Habu would have chosen 30.-,c1R+# instead.
 
   Nov-23-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
 
sfm: <Absentee: Bf6 should win now. Or am I missing something?> Maybe that it does not win. Black put his king on e6. What then?
 
   Nov-22-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
 
sfm: Bold play by both players, not shying away from complications, seeking a fight. As Larsen said: "To try to win you must take the risk of losing." This time it favored Karjakin. Congratulations, and with Carlsen having to win within the next 4 games we can expect things to nicely heat ...
 
   Nov-22-16 Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship (2016) (replies)
 
sfm: <WorstPlayerEver: Suddenly He's not half the Carlsen he used to be Now there's a shadow hanging over him Oh, yesterday came suddenly> Worst poet ever!
 
   Nov-19-16 Showalter vs Marshall, 1909
 
sfm: How amuzing! <"Marshall practically lost the game at his seventh turn"> Yes, 7.-,Bg4?? 8.dxe and Black has a hopeless position. 8.-,Bxe5? does not help. The further development is quite hilarious. Ah, Marshall!
 
   Nov-15-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
 
sfm: To me Bxh6 looks like one of those moves that just can't be good. My money is on Black now.
 
   Nov-12-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
 
sfm: <John Abraham: Karjakin missed 23. c3! It is surprising how a player of his caliber can miss such a move.> Indeed! He probably just didn't see it.
 
   Nov-09-16 P Bakker vs Lutikov, 1968
 
sfm: <...simple expedient of 35....Ke8 and 36....Bxf4, reducing matters to a rook ending with a clear pawn more.> ...which may be hard to win or even a draw. So a move that instantly converts that to a resignable position is a ??. Looking forward to your answer around the next ...
 
   Nov-09-16 Piet Bakker (replies)
 
sfm: Not an impressive score as such - but against those opponents, it is actually quite respectable!
 
   Nov-06-16 K Allen vs A Donchenko, 2016 (replies)
 
sfm: One of the first moves that is not so hard to spot for some, but where 'gut feeling' has to take over where calculating ability runs out. When CG did not put it one move earlier one could wonder if 29.Nxd5 was a mistake. The combination goes away if White instead plays 29.Bxd5, but ...
 
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