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sfm
Member since Mar-25-05 · Last seen Dec-11-17
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 1749 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-27-17 V Makogonov vs A A Smorodsky, 1927
 
sfm: 35.f6! Simple, nasty move, there is nothing to do about the terrible threat of Tb8.
 
   Nov-02-17 Kasparov vs A Butnorius, 1979 (replies)
 
sfm: Cute! 15.-,Qg5 was one of those tactical ideas that just did not turn out well. Larsen said "It is OK that you can't calculate some sacrifice to the very end - but it's a pity if you didn't even get the idea." Tal got the ideas and calculated correctly. A nasty combination.
 
   Nov-02-17 B Mikyska vs Traxler, 1896 (replies)
 
sfm: OK, White did get mated, and he should not have allowed that - but morally he is still the real winnner, as he leads with two pieces and a rook.
 
   Aug-26-17 T K Antal vs M Petrosyan, 2008 (replies)
 
sfm: After 36.-,Nxf5 the endgame must be drawn. 49.Kd2 is a deadly trap, 42.-,Nxa4?? loses.
 
   Aug-24-17 A Shaw vs A de Groot, 1998 (replies)
 
sfm: I must be missing something trivial, since nobody else seems to think Black should at least try e.g. 28.-,Qb7 Like, 29.Bxe4,Bd5 30.BxB+,QxB 31.Rc8+,Kf7.
 
   Aug-18-17 Caruana vs L Dominguez, 2017 (replies)
 
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.
 
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