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sfm
Member since Mar-25-05 · Last seen Sep-27-16
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 1678 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-26-16 Saemisch vs Maroczy, 1929 (replies)
 
sfm: Such games are bad luck. They each too much energy. Having done away with suspended games is a clear advantage for the general fairness in chess.
 
   Sep-26-16 M Strange vs J Aagaard, 1994
 
sfm: White has almost made it, but the quiet 17.-,Rd7! is a brilliant decider. Why spend a move on moving a rook that, if captured, can be recaptured with the other rook? Because it both threatens - the white night on f7 - the winning move 18.-,Ng4, where the rook on d7 prevents White ...
 
   Sep-20-16 G Lambert vs Nunn, 1977 (replies)
 
sfm: Quite a nice selection of winning moves!
 
   Sep-19-16 Lasker vs Nimzowitsch, 1934
 
sfm: <Peligroso Patzer: [Confuse, from Jan-07-07: can someone tell me where Lasker made the extreme error?] ... Sorry this reply is more than five years after the original question> You are forgiven (Sorry that this forgiveness comes more than 4 years after your BTW excellent reply)
 
   Sep-15-16 Michael John Basman
 
sfm: "The rest of us were lucky that Basman played those weird openings. When he played something sound he was really dangerous! - Keene (as per my memory)
 
   Sep-13-16 E Hymes vs Marshall, 1900
 
sfm: Brilliant battle! After 16.-,Nc5 it looks like Black has things well under control, but the sac 17.f4! reveals his weaknesses. Black has not much counterplay while White builds up his pressure on the g-file, but he still manages to counterattack on the h-file. 33.R5g3! is pretty and ...
 
   Sep-12-16 H Ziska vs M Duggan, 2006
 
sfm: White is simply playing around, probably as a contra-teaser to a man who could have resigned long time ago. A cat-and-mouse game. The mates on d7 and b9 is not missable by such a player, they are too hardcoded into the brain.
 
   Sep-12-16 Helgi Dam Ziska
 
sfm: Congratulations, GM!
 
   Sep-12-16 E Delmar vs Pillsbury, 1893
 
sfm: The game seems to demonstrate that the plan with 13.-,Ng4 and 14.-,Bh6 comes at far to high costs in development and dark-square weaknesses. After 18.d6! it is over for Black. The quiet move 21.Rh4! decides neatly, Black can't prevent the decisive attack on the h-file.
 
   Sep-12-16 E Keogh vs W Lewis, 1966 (replies)
 
sfm: It's Monday - queensac time! The shocker 19.Qg7+!! decides the game in a beautiful way, with no less than three pieces being able to capture her, but with the same end. Unfortunately it does not win, but hey, there are other things than just "winning".
 
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