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Member since Mar-25-05 · Last seen Feb-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 1712 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-20-17 B Khotenashvili vs Lahno, 2014
sfm: In the final position black is up a piece, but in compensation she completely dominates the board.
   Feb-19-17 Spassky vs Beliavsky, 1988 (replies)
sfm: Spasski as we know him. Also an inspiring never-say-die defense by Beliavsky in a totally lost position.
   Feb-13-17 Tal vs Simagin, 1956 (replies)
sfm: Great game, not the least because of Simagin's tenacious defense, all the way to the end. Of course Simagin will have considered the obvious 12.Nxf7 as a response to 11.-,h6, but will have thought that he was plenty strong enough on the dark squares to have his king walking that way ...
   Feb-13-17 Madsen
sfm: "Madsen" is one of the most common surnames in Denmark - so games here may not be by the same person.
   Feb-07-17 Sasikiran vs Areshchenko, 2005 (replies)
sfm: <Albertan: 35.Nb6? looks like an error. Maybe 35.Be7 was worth a try ie.35...Kf7 36.Nb6 Rb8 37.Bc5> Definitely! Also after 35.Be7,Ra7 36.Nf6+,Kf7 37.Bc5 it seems that White saves his extra fighter, after which the outcome seems to be an open matter.
   Dec-12-16 Mayet vs Harrwitz, 1848 (replies)
sfm: It is 100 times more likely that this game is with wrong identification than a player of Karl Mayet's calibre should fall into this extremely basic, obvious and well-known trap for beginners.
   Dec-04-16 P K Wells vs Y Habu, 2005 (replies)
sfm: There's something excessively brutal about 29.Kb1,c2+ 30.Kb2,c1Q++# so we must hope that Mr. Habu would have chosen 30.-,c1R+# instead.
   Nov-23-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
sfm: <Absentee: Bf6 should win now. Or am I missing something?> Maybe that it does not win. Black put his king on e6. What then?
   Nov-22-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
sfm: Bold play by both players, not shying away from complications, seeking a fight. As Larsen said: "To try to win you must take the risk of losing." This time it favored Karjakin. Congratulations, and with Carlsen having to win within the next 4 games we can expect things to nicely heat ...
   Nov-22-16 Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship (2016) (replies)
sfm: <WorstPlayerEver: Suddenly He's not half the Carlsen he used to be Now there's a shadow hanging over him Oh, yesterday came suddenly> Worst poet ever!
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