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sfm
Member since Mar-25-05 · Last seen Aug-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 1799 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-13-18 Topalov vs W So, 2016 (replies)
 
sfm: Monday, and no less than 5 Q-sacs available! This is the "Easy" thing - it is easy - very! - see that they are not exactly smashing. What then? Black has very few moves that "does" anything at all. 19.-,f5 forces 20.exf and after -,Nxf6 a lot of things are clearly to happen, with -,Nh5 ...
 
   Aug-07-18 Carlsen vs Svidler, 2018 (replies)
 
sfm: Carlsen plays Nf3 5 times in this game, but it is not the same knight. Right after doing it last time Black resigns. Aha! I will now include this in my arsenal of guiding rules: "You should frequently move a piece (back) to a square where you earlier have had a piece of the same kind."
 
   Aug-07-18 Taimanov vs Psakhis, 1981 (replies)
 
sfm: <dTal: This is a Tuesday puzzle???> Yes, why? If you had problems calculating until 35.-,a4 I am afraid this game is not really for you. As you may have figured out: just kiddin'! This holds as the most "insane" Tuesday puzzle I can recall. :-)
 
   Aug-04-18 O Aharon vs D Vocaturo, 2014
 
sfm: A lovely wild and complicated game all the way.
 
   Aug-03-18 Smyslov vs G Ilivitsky, 1955 (replies)
 
sfm: What a game! White resigns, rather than wait for 43.-,d3. 44.Bxd3,Rf7 or 44.Bh5,Bc3 or 44.g6,pxB+ 45.Kc2,Tc4+
 
   Aug-03-18 B Katalymov vs M Sawadkuhi, 2011
 
sfm: Wonderful energetic play by White. Black seems to get advantage with the simple 7.-,Nbd7 After 13.-,Qa6?? 14.Nd5! White has great a major lead.
 
   Aug-02-18 Fischer vs Larsen, 1970
 
sfm: <ewan14: Bent Larsen career highlights ; winning the first '' Chess Oscar '' in 1967 , playing board 1 for the Rest of the World v USSR in 1970 obtaining a plus score v Spassky and Stein , beating world champion Petrosian twice in 1966> Well, winning "Chess Oscar"s and playing ...
 
   Aug-02-18 Zhu Chen vs S Petrenko, 2001
 
sfm: Tablebase says "Black wins in 26" after 70.-,a1Q After 71.Rd3+,Kc4(not the fastest win, Kc2 is faster) 72.Re3,Qd1+? is a draw. Black has 4 winning moves: 72.-, Qf1/Qg1/Qh1+/Qa8+. Drawn positions are unlikely if Black has his king on 1-2. row. Being on row 4-8 there are lots. E.g. all ...
 
   Jul-19-18 R Stuart vs T Haimovich, 2007
 
sfm: Ah! 14.-,Bc2! Wny Black prefers to give the exchange is not clear to me. The involuntary pawn sac 15.Re1,Bb3+ etc. is quite playable.
 
   Jul-18-18 Fedorov vs N Neelakantan, 1999 (replies)
 
sfm: <patzer2: 13.-,Qd7> Yes, the power of 14.c5 is obvious - especially afterwards. It pays to keep an eye on movable center pawns. So 13.-,Qd7, keeping the queen away from the knight fork on e5. We should be able to figure that out, on a good day. <15..,Ng6!> Rather impossible
 
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