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Member since Mar-25-05 · Last seen Aug-30-15
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. Full Member

   sfm has kibitzed 1608 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-28-15 Carlsen vs W So, 2015 (replies)
sfm: Carlsen grabs a pawn on h7, but isn't it a bit risky? Black is threatening mate on the move and after the forced quiet move 44.c3 black has a dangerous - attack on the a-file with two heavy pieces. - passed pawn on e3 - pawn on b4 - active bishop on e4 and is to move, and the ...
   Aug-26-15 Ding Liren vs Li Shilong, 2009 (replies)
sfm: Impressive fighting spirit by Black, not giving up, creating chances. Such a man picks up countless points from lost positions. A great example for his students.
   Aug-18-15 Tarjan vs Larsen, 1968 (replies)
sfm: What a pun. Candidate to funniest ever.
   Aug-15-15 J Rukavina vs Z Topalovic, 2001
sfm: <mrbiggs: ... Black's only drawing mistake in the endgame was in fact agreeing to a draw! ... 78. Kf1 Ke5 ...> Stunning!!! Such a simple position. Fooled all, including the IM!
   Aug-14-15 Portisch vs Korchnoi, 1985
sfm: Very instructive. Get a solid pawn on e5 and use the central space advantage and the e4-square to get an attack going. As always, the defender must strike back somewhere - but where and how is the problem.
   Aug-11-15 Miles vs Hort, 1983 (replies)
sfm: Silly pun. Love it!
   Aug-11-15 F Vallejo Pons vs G van der Stricht, 2005 (replies)
sfm: Black should have tried 27.-,QxR+, hoping for 28.LxQ (OK, we are optimists, aren't we),Nf3+ 29.K?,Nxd4 30.QxN,Lg7... Miracles do happen, if you give them a chance.
   Aug-08-15 Paulsen vs Steinitz, 1870 (replies)
sfm: Paulsen was known to be a slow player, able to spend hours on his moves, and "sitting his opponents to death" in the words of Dane Jens Enevoldsen. So, the chess clock was probably not his best friend. Today we could in no way imagine top-level chess being possible without clocks. The ...
   Aug-08-15 J Vang Glud vs J L Hammer, 2015 (replies)
sfm: And here I sit and say "Aha, smart, Black is a piece ahead after 29.-,R?d2+." Hadn't understood half of it. Brilliant play.
   Aug-07-15 C Harstad vs Tuna Tuncer, 2015
sfm: After 41.-,Qf2+ White has to move for the 3rd time in that position and could have claimed a draw. He either did not realize it, or he went for a win, which is always very honorable, though here very optimistic.
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