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sfm
Member since Mar-25-05 · Last seen Oct-29-14
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.

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   sfm has kibitzed 1494 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-27-14 NN vs V Grimm, 1864 (replies)
 
sfm: This is clearly off topic, but checking on Mr. Grimm I saw him mentioned on an amazing list of 5600 lines of one-line historical facts (or they could be) on http://web.archive.org/web/20091028... E.g. for those wondering if the time they spend on the game is justified it may help to ...
 
   Oct-24-14 E Jelling vs Nakamura, 2009
 
sfm: Well fought, Erik.
 
   Oct-24-14 Karpov vs Yusupov, 1989 (replies)
 
sfm: <patzer2: [ocker: To justify 16 Nb5 you have to see through to 22 Rc6.] Or, like me, realize you were lucky to have 22. Rc6! available after being surprised by 21...Rad8.> Yeah! Chess is like that. I recall a comment from Jens Kristiansen to one of his games: "When we reached ...
 
   Oct-23-14 K Sterk vs Marshall, 1912
 
sfm: <16 g4! was very nice avoiding Marshall's trap 16 Qxe5..Bxd3 17 Bxd3..Qxd3 18 Qxe7..Bxf2+!.> Aha, I was wondering, now I see: 19.RxB,Rae8 and wins. Sly guy, Marchall - but this time he was countered. Brilliant play.
 
   Oct-20-14 Y Yu vs A Zatonskih, 2013 (replies)
 
sfm: <al wazir: Why did black, a 2500 player, play 23...Rxd6 ? After 23...Bxd6 24. exd6 Rxd6 25. Qe5...> Well, 25.Be8+ instead is still not such a bad move! ;-)
 
   Oct-13-14 Wang Yue vs Nakamura, 1999
 
sfm: <KingRex: 92 ... Nh7?> Wow! So it says. Can the score really be correct? It is seen before that players in very long endgames get blind - I recall one N. Short game - but still...
 
   Oct-13-14 S Blaas vs P Pancras, 1996
 
sfm: <euripides: 46.b4 still seems to win> Right, so as late as 46.Ke2?? came the last blunder, turning a win to defeat. Sly Black with 38.-,Nc3(!!) Converts a hopeless position to an equally hopeless position, but with chances for the opponent to go wrong. Quite a bit of help was ...
 
   Oct-13-14 Samuel Reshevsky
 
sfm: <RookFile: ...a whole new level when he was in his 40's - most people are declining then, not Reshevsky.> Right, that is probably because most people would already have already developed their talent and topped. In Reshevsky there was still lots of undeveloped resources due to his
 
   Oct-13-14 T Mazuchowski vs M Bond, 1992 (replies)
 
sfm: <MikeB20: Black missed a mate in 12 beginning with 21...Bb4+ 22. c3 Qe3+> Chess - the undeserved outcome's game indeed!
 
   Oct-12-14 Pedersen vs I Burchard, 1995
 
sfm: White, unsurprisingly, gave up instead of checking if Black found 24.-,QxQ. Instead of 24.Rfb1, with 24.QxQ,RxQ 25.Ra3, white has 3 pawns for the piece and can still fight.
 
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