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sfm
Member since Mar-25-05 · Last seen Aug-20-17
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 1744 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-18-17 Caruana vs L Dominguez, 2017
 
sfm: LOL! That's blitz!
 
   Aug-15-17 Degraeve vs J Tomczak, 2006 (replies)
 
sfm: <SeanAzarin: I believe it was Frank Marshall...> LOL Yes, that would have been him, and it was!
 
   Aug-10-17 Keres vs I Raud, 1929
 
sfm: 40.f5 seems to win instantly.
 
   Aug-10-17 Erik Andersen vs Stahlberg, 1930
 
sfm: Very cute final move!
 
   Aug-09-17 Nunn vs A Vydeslaver, 1995 (replies)
 
sfm: Incredibly brilliant Nunn when he is best. Black loses too much time in the opening. And is 13.-,d5 a positional mistake? After 17.Qf2 it is clear where things are heading towards, but nobody could have foreseen this ferocity.
 
   Aug-03-17 E Schiller vs N Hoiberg, 1985
 
sfm: Well, what the best practical chance would be is hard to say, but tablebases show, that the game is won for White ever since 56.-,Bxb5 (and almost certainly from a long time earlier, of course). BTW, the tablebases also show, that in this notoriously difficult end-game both White and ...
 
   Jun-17-17 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2017 (replies)
 
sfm: <pawn33: kxg8.rg4.qxg4.hxg4. draw?> After looking a little at it I did not even find a good way to stop the d-pawn, so it does seem to win easily, even though it could look like a fighting chance at first glance.
 
   Jun-17-17 Saira Rafique vs Suhailah Bekheet, 2016
 
sfm: When you play 3.-,Sd4? and your opponent jumps right into one of the most basic traps in chess with 4.Se5?? - you must really know the reply 4.-,d5. This is one of the cutest game in the database, and I admire Black's fighting spirit, putting up 2 mate-in-one threats before the lone ...
 
   Jun-15-17 Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2017 (replies)
 
sfm: <ajk68: Why not 33...Bg6> Maybe 34.d6. Black has many headaches, and needs to keep an an eye on f6. What does not work is 34.d6,Qd4 35.d7,Qxd7 36.Bf6,Qd6+ 37.e5
 
   Jun-14-17 Karjakin vs Aronian, 2017 (replies)
 
sfm: Mate in few moves.
 
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