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sfm
Member since Mar-25-05 · Last seen Dec-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 1532 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-17-14 L Barden vs J Penrose, 1959 (replies)
 
sfm: <Phony Benoni: I never promised you a Penrose garden.> :-) Well spotted - though real many players here will not get it. Too young! The song in question was one of my favorites in - '73! Thanks for reminding me of it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO4...
 
   Dec-16-14 Wisuwat Teerapabpaisit
 
sfm: Chess is immensely popular in Thailand (and elsewhere in SE Asia), but it is not European chess, though very close. This little fact obscures the talent mass. http://timkr.home.xs4all.nl/chess/m...
 
   Dec-16-14 T Farley vs W Teerapabpaisit, 2004 (replies)
 
sfm: <greed and death: 39. Bxg7+ Rxg7 40. Qd8+ (a) 40... Rg8 41. Qd4+ Rg7 42. Qxg7#> LOL, that is also what I had - until I realized that there is also 42.Rxg8 mate. Black has sort of "enough" coverage on g8 - but the white queen is standing in the way.
 
   Dec-15-14 Larsen vs Ivkov, 1967 (replies)
 
sfm: Black probably can't win after 33.-,NxN 34.KxN,Kf6 - and winning is what he wants. In Larsen's words: "To win, you must take the risk of losing." So that's what Black did here.
 
   Dec-09-14 C Lange vs D Hess, 1994 (replies)
 
sfm: LOL! I also thought "Ah! A Monday on a Tuesday!" when I saw the position. I see that I am not alone.
 
   Dec-09-14 Judit Polgar vs Kasparov, 1994 (replies)
 
sfm: <HeMateMe: ... Carlsen immediately resigned and walks out. Very immature, on his part> If so, then 90% of all dedicated sports people are 'immature' and so am I. It is OK, every now and then, take some steps away in anger and frustration over events - and return with a smile when ...
 
   Dec-01-14 Fischer vs A Lockett, 1964
 
sfm: Well played by both. <TheFocus: From a simul in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 26, 1964. Fischer scored +70=2-3.> Amazing. I wonder if that would be a record?
 
   Nov-27-14 N Delgado Ramirez vs A H Wohl, 2001 (replies)
 
sfm: OK, I cheated. 30.Rh5 is not possible. But...
 
   Nov-26-14 M Schlosser vs Ivanchuk, 1988
 
sfm: When playing 18.a3-a4??, White freed the square b4 for the Black knight, allowing it to attack d5. White probably had the response planned - but he did not calculate as far as 21.-,Nxf2.
 
   Nov-25-14 Zhao Xue vs V Ramos Gazola, 2010 (replies)
 
sfm: LOL! What a stupid pun! Brilliant!
 
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