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sfm
Member since Mar-25-05 · Last seen Jul-29-15
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.

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   sfm has kibitzed 1592 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-21-15 T Lichtenhein vs Paulsen, 1861
 
sfm: 13.-,f3 looks killing. The played 13.-,Qh4 surprised me, as it looks like White can play 14.Be4 to avoid the immediate devastation of -,f3. But after 14.Bc4?? it is over.
 
   Jul-19-15 Nunn vs Tal, 1988 (replies)
 
sfm: Wonderful performance by Nunn. Tal was at this time no longer his old self, past 50 and severely ill, and died only 4 years later. Still, in the year this game was played he still managed to win the world blitz championship.
 
   Jul-16-15 Sergei M Begun (replies)
 
sfm: Against those opponents, 25% is a very impressive score indeed.
 
   Jul-09-15 Jonny vs Komodo, 2015 (replies)
 
sfm: How is it now, is it a draw if fifty moves have been made without moving a piece?
 
   Jul-06-15 Hirschfeld vs Zukertort, 1860 (replies)
 
sfm: A wonderful good-ol'-days style game (were chess more fun then?), with a young Zukertort on the wrong side of the table.
 
   Jul-06-15 Anderssen vs Zukertort, 1869 (replies)
 
sfm: Cute that Zukertort resigns after 28.-,Qd6. They will both have seen the end in seconds.
 
   Jun-29-15 L Lejarre vs B Burg, 2011 (replies)
 
sfm: <The near losing move appears to be <11...Bxf3?>, allowing 12. Rxf3 (+1.50 @ 22 depth, Deep Fritz 14). Instead, 11...Bf5 12. Bxf5 (+0.80 @ 21 depth) gives Black a fighting chance at a draw.> Thanks for this! I think the opening sucks severely for real-world players, even ...
 
   Jun-28-15 E Garner vs S Kjellander, 1959
 
sfm: Pawns tearing up pawns on the Q-wing. Can't recall seeing anything like this. Terrific!
 
   Jun-28-15 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2015
 
sfm: <bien pensant: A crush is always convincing.> LOL!
 
   Jun-28-15 M Krasenkow vs Nakamura, 2007 (replies)
 
sfm: When you play with players who can see through 19.-,dxc4!! you know you better stay out of tactics. I recall one early game of mine where my opponent, a young 1700-player, made a knight sac so brilliant that several master-level spectators later admitted that first several moves later ...
 
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