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sfm
Member since Mar-25-05 · Last seen Dec-13-18
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 1826 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-09-18 Edwards vs NN, 1963
 
sfm: Can't recall any other game ever where Nb1's first move is to mate.
 
   Nov-11-18 Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968 (replies)
 
sfm: Wow. 15.-,Nb8 as White obviously can't take on c7. 16.Rxc7!! It only makes sense if you have seen it all.
 
   Oct-25-18 A Harshini
 
sfm: This lady put up a stubborn and tremendous fight against GM Nguyen in Pattaya Open 2018, and it paid off: White: Ke1,Rf2, giving check Black: Kg2,Ra2,Pe2,Pg4 Every black move wins, except the played -,Kg3?? Rg2+, draw.
 
   Oct-24-18 Fischer vs Greenblatt, 1977 (replies)
 
sfm: 19.Rc1! At first glance I thought Fischer was joking, caring about an unimportant pawn - but with this move the queen is in severe trouble,and will soon be unable to defend h7 (or h6, as it came).
 
   Oct-12-18 Uhlmann vs H Liebert, 1976
 
sfm: Unbelievably there is a discussion whether it was an oversight by Uhlmann. I suppose those entertaining that idea also have images of an Uhlmann sitting and smiling over the fact that his opponent gave away his queen by mistake. And then being brutally awoken over the ingenious ...
 
   Oct-06-18 Pillsbury vs Maroczy, 1900 (replies)
 
sfm: Mating by moving the king is so rare that I don't ever recall seeing a real-life game where it happened. From the CG database there is a couple, where this must be known by any chess player Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912
 
   Sep-17-18 Unzicker vs Tal, 1975 (replies)
 
sfm: The classic decision - grabbing material at a cost? Here the cost was too high, very beautifully demonstrated.
 
   Sep-05-18 A Winding vs S Sorensen, 1874
 
sfm: <Pballa: ...> I got to the same conclusion. Black must have written R-KN4. Or rather, the game has too may senseless moves to be trusted as ever played as given. Without anything of value or interest, it is an odd choice of GOTD, but the lighter side is as always: it can only ...
 
   Sep-03-18 Mandolfo vs Kolisch, 1858 (replies)
 
sfm: There is unfortunately no authorized definition of a smothered mate. Consensus would certainly be, that the check must be given with a knight. Also, hardly anyone would think of calling it "smothered" if only one escape square were blocked by the king's own man, the others by the ...
 
   Sep-03-18 Chandler vs Y Gruenfeld, 1979 (replies)
 
sfm: <patzer2: ...tthe quiet positional retreat 23. Nf3 (+1.40 ... Stockfish 9) ...> Ah, silicon. You didn't have that when you last commented on this game 14.5 years ago. :-) And wow, now it tells us +1.40 for White after 23.Nf3. I wonder how many figured that one out over time? At ...
 
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