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Member since Mar-25-05 · Last seen Feb-20-18
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 1756 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-20-18 D Abrahams vs K Arakhamia-Grant, 2017 (replies)
sfm: So, now we know that 20.Dd1?? leads to a simple elegant ending. 20.Be2 or Bg2 hold on longer, but certainly Black is winning anyway. What really tilted the board was of course 14.bxc5??, both 14.NxN or 14.0-0 were satisfactory moves. White probably thought that Black's would have ...
   Jan-27-18 D Dubov vs A Brkic, 2016 (replies)
sfm: I wonder if 18.Qf3 is imprecise? After 18.Qf3,Rdg8 Black gets an escape-square for the king. So maybe 18. Ba6 is a stronger move? After 17.Ne5 we know the dangers. Maybe 17.-,Qe8 is the move? Going backwards it is not so easy to see what Black should have done. The White Queen is ...
   Jan-11-18 M Radojcic vs D Avirovic, 1945
sfm: Neat. The march with the h-pawn is effectively blocked, but it gave the queen access to h5, and took g8 from the black king. After 19.Nxd5! Black can hardly move any piece. 19.-,b5 had to be tried.
   Jan-01-18 M Greeff vs T Emad, 2010 (replies)
sfm: If you have students and want to explain about 'the dangers of not castling in time' you can use the position after 25.-,Ke8.
   Dec-30-17 Zukertort vs J Noa, 1887 (replies)
sfm: Maybe 36.b4 is a bad move. When Black plays 37.-,b5 it looks much too strong. Maybe 36.a4 and later b4, trying to shut out the white-squared bishop, and counter-attack on the 8th rank with the rook if Black king walks away.
   Dec-27-17 Anna Muzychuk (replies)
sfm: Bravo, Anna Muzychuk!
   Dec-26-17 D Reinderman vs A Greenfeld, 2013 (replies)
sfm: <TheTamale: When Black plays 29) ...Rg7, what is he specifically trying to prevent? Thanks.> Well, if it was White to move then Qf6 would be mate in a few moves. After -,Rg7 Qf6 Black now has -,Qe7. But yeah, didn't help much. :-)
   Nov-27-17 V Makogonov vs A A Smorodsky, 1927
sfm: 35.f6! Simple, nasty move, there is nothing to do about the terrible threat of Tb8.
   Nov-02-17 Kasparov vs A Butnorius, 1979 (replies)
sfm: Cute! 15.-,Qg5 was one of those tactical ideas that just did not turn out well. Larsen said "It is OK that you can't calculate some sacrifice to the very end - but it's a pity if you didn't even get the idea." Tal got the ideas and calculated correctly. A nasty combination.
   Nov-02-17 B Mikyska vs Traxler, 1896 (replies)
sfm: OK, White did get mated, and he should not have allowed that - but morally he is still the real winnner, as he leads with two pieces and a rook.
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