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sfm
Member since Mar-25-05 · Last seen Oct-21-14
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 1489 times to chessgames   [more...]
   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.
 
   Oct-12-14 Hjartarson vs V Malaniuk, 1993 (replies)
 
sfm: Black never gets a counterattack running (and that is what kills him in the end), but still puts up an impressive defense. Interestingly, the win goes over the quiet 28.Qb6. "Let's pick up a pawn and push it." Distant passed pawns are so much more dangerous if the defender also has an ...
 
   Oct-06-14 Keene vs Tarjan, 1975 (replies)
 
sfm: I should rather have written: Now 21.-,Qd7 22.Qf2,Qh3 wins *for White*
 
   Aug-28-14 J Earnest vs C Hoover, 1947 (replies)
 
sfm: 14.-,Qxf6 = effective cleaning. 15.-,Nf6? enters a dusty road.
 
   Aug-21-14 G Meins vs L Gutman, 2004 (replies)
 
sfm: <al wazir: I got the first two moves, but not the next ten.> Good enough! In chess we are only supposed to find one move - the next right one. If done so, the reasons are only of theoretical importance.
 
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