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sfm
Member since Mar-25-05 · Last seen Jun-25-17
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 1738 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-17-17 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2017
 
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.
 
   Jun-10-17 Ni Hua vs Nakamura, 2001 (replies)
 
sfm: <rczcarvalho: 42 Ke4 Rxd4+, 43 Kxd4 Bb2+, and Bxg7 and Black wins... Am I right?> So, no - but it was a damned good question. And this is why we should ad at least one "!" to 42.Ke4, as the simplest path to the win. A great fight.
 
   Jun-06-17 Nakamura vs A Giri, 2017 (replies)
 
sfm: <ChessHigherCat: I gave him fair warning that he couldn't take g2> But he could also not not take g2 - that was the problem!
 
   Jun-06-17 Carlsen vs W So, 2017 (replies)
 
sfm: Whether London is a part of Europe depends on whether you talk about continents, politics or feelings.
 
   Jun-03-17 Efimov
 
sfm: Not a lot of info about this guy - but against these opponents it is a score to be proud of!
 
   May-06-17 E Karavade vs A Gupta, 2016
 
sfm: 59.-,g1R is not the strongest. Better is 59.-,g1B, minimizing the loss. And yes, I am a computer.
 
   May-01-17 Deep Thought vs V Rao, 1988
 
sfm: Silicon showing teeth already in '88. 27.f5! and 28.Rf1! and the a2-g8 diagonal is causing Black too much trouble. Cute little last move, picking up an exchange and closing the game.
 
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