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Member since Mar-25-05 · Last seen Mar-05-15
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 1545 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-04-15 Naiditsch vs M Schurade, 2004 (replies)
sfm: 24.-,Qe7! is one of these moves that does not come intuitively. The queen seems a bit passive there, and White can grab the a-pawn with check, and can play Qf3 with invasion hopes. Tips for chessplayers: 1. If in doubt about your calcutions, trust your intuition to give you the right ...
   Mar-04-15 M Zumsande vs P Taylor, 2013 (replies)
sfm: Terrific defense by Black, and the reward was close: after 64.-,Rxa4 the tablebases say "draw"! But black must play 67,-,Rg4+ or -,Rxh7+, his natural -,Kb5 loses, as White finds the only winning reply.
   Feb-22-15 Ljubojevic vs Karpov, 1993 (replies)
sfm: The really hard move to see is 31.-,Bg5. The attack is fighting on the edge all the way, to the very last move.
   Feb-21-15 O Krause vs Leonhardt, 1907
sfm: <Garesh> Right, and clearly a bug. 1.f3,e5 2.e4,exf4 as is written in the OE is not playable. 30.Dxa7 with nasty counter threats was at least a draw. Black hardly has better than 30.-,Qh1+ 31.Qg1,Qh4 and if nothing else (maybe 32.Re1) White can play 32.Qa7 again.
   Feb-21-15 T Haahr vs P Korning, 1959
sfm: Brilliant. Black seems to have gotten a tremendous position after unambitious opening play by White, but 13.Sxe5! proves it to be an illusion, based on the good old "open the center" response to a wing attack. After 16.Sb5! it is over.
   Feb-13-15 B Rabar vs Geller, 1955 (replies)
sfm: So many brilliant moves!
   Jan-22-15 M Cebalo vs Vasiukov, 2014 (replies)
sfm: The less pretty 12.Nd5+ also wins, using just one more move to mate, after -,cxN 13.Qxd5,Qe8(or g8) 14.Qxd6+,Qe6 15.QxQ#
   Jan-18-15 Soltis vs J Tamargo, 1976
sfm: On an orbituary!t... Sam Sloan writes ...his most famous win was against Grandmaster Andy Soltis, who is now the chess columnist for the New York Post. In the 1976 Marshall Chess Club Championship, Tamargo had the tournament of his life, winning ...
   Jan-06-15 Beliavsky vs L Christiansen, 1987
sfm: <goodevans: What takes the shine off this swindle for me is the magnitude of the blunder.> Right. This is 'the unsubtle swindle of the century'. A simple explanation would of course be extreme time pressure, so close to the 40 moves after a very hard fight.
   Jan-04-15 V Ciocaltea vs L Masic, 1971 (replies)
sfm: Black could have fought on longer with 25.-,Kg7 26.Tf7++,KxN 27.Be3+,g5 28.RxQ,RxR 29.h4 Two pawn down the result should be the same, but there is still a fight to put up.
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