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Member since Mar-25-05 · Last seen May-30-15
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. Full Member

   sfm has kibitzed 1565 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-15-15 A Suarez Real vs J Hawkins, 2014 (replies)
sfm: I see that my suggested 34.-,h5 does not help as 35.Qf3,Rg8, 36.Be5+,Ke7 37.Qf6+ also easily wins for White. Nice bold sac with 19.Nxe6, the kind of moves that spice up the game!
   May-14-15 S Hayes vs G Chandler, 2004 (replies)
sfm: Always nice with checks and only one response to all of them. Then we can calculate very far. I agree that this was much easier than yesterday. Larsen once said "Calculating many moves ahead is not necessarily that difficult. What is real hard is to find that decisive quiet move in a ...
   May-09-15 O Castro vs Campora, 1979 (replies)
sfm: <Fusilli: I think it's more direct: ... 19... f4 20. Nxa7+ Kb8 21.dxc7+ Kxc7 22.Qc5+ Kb8 23.Qe5+...> -,Kxa7
   May-01-15 Gaioz Nigalidze (replies)
sfm: What a disgrace. Out for 15 years would be fine with me. When prize money is involved it is clearly a matter for the police too. His is nothing. What a disgrace.
   Apr-13-15 W So vs Akobian, 2015 (replies)
sfm: "I have been having trouble concentrating so I wrote a note to myself on a piece of paper (not my score sheet) said: double check triple check use your time. Akobian saw it and complained to the arbiter and a forfeit was declared. I'm sorry I did not know it was against the ...
   Apr-04-15 Svidler vs Karjakin, 2014 (replies)
sfm: <andrewjsacks: It is probably really Black to play 64...> Right, that makes sense - even though we are more in the "insane" department, considering how the game goes on.
   Mar-30-15 D Dzhangirov vs V Minakov, 2005 (replies)
sfm: <Harvestman: If you are as weak as I am at chess, then you always, always, sac the bishop. You might have miscalculated, and this way you lose a minor piece, not a queen. :-)> Excellent! It may not always look like it, but essentially chess is all about common sense.
   Mar-30-15 H Westerinen vs I Jelen, 1992
sfm: 27.-,Nf5?? Oops! Instead Black looks fine to me after 27.-,Ng6...-f8-d7
   Mar-29-15 Tarrasch vs G Marco, 1892 (replies)
sfm: Instead of 10.-,Raxd8?, Black can play 10.-,Rfxd8. If the games otherwise continues with the same moves, then on 16.Bg5 Black can simply play 16.-,Rd7 No material lost, but White is probably better.
   Mar-24-15 A Juan Delgado vs A Vella, 2013
sfm: Puzzle of the day: "Figure out what was really played..."
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