I live in Malmö in Sweden. You may know Malmö for the annual Sigeman GM-tournament, see http://www.sigeman-chess.com/ .
Malmö isn't big, with around 270,000 inhabitants, but there are still a couple of GMs from Malmö: Stellan Brynell , Tiger Hillarp Persson and Jonny Hector
For the record, I moved from Malmö in 2006, but I'll leave this information here.
*New* (May 2010) I have gotten an ELO! It is just above 2000.
But now that I've started playing 1.d4 it will probably go up - my record with white has been terrible.
Some of analysis I have made after 2009 may have been assisted by a computer, but not a very strong one.
Here are some quotes I like about chess or chessplayers:
<Unfortunately I missed the chance to learn to play the piano, and now it is too late for that> - Vladimir Kramnik (http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...)
< Any advice for the coming juniors in chess?
Nigel Short: Accountancy pays better. >
The critical reality is that we are not hostage to some naturally granted level of talent. We can make ourselves what we will. Strangely, that idea is not popular. People hate abandoning the notion that they would coast to fame and riches if they found their talent. But that view is tragically constraining, because when they hit life's inevitable bumps in the road, they conclude that they just aren't gifted and give up.
Instead of using the Java game board, I recommend a little freeware program called ChessPad. It has all the features one could want from a PGN reader: browse multiple games, fast, move the pieces, copy and paste FEN positions, etc. The program can be downloaded from http://www.wmlsoftware.com/
Some of my favourite players (updated 2010-01-10) are Michael Adams (great strategist, attacker, and because he plays Ruy Lopez as black), Emanuel Berg (he is Swedish, and he can calculate very well), Joseph Henry Blackburne (great combinations and intuition) and Vasily Smyslov (for his general style, openings and endgame knowledge), Robert James Fischer (his ability to find the best moves, just amazing player), Garry Kasparov (same reason), Jose Raul Capablanca (the soundness of his play), Alexander Alekhine (willingness to try new ideas and depth of his play), Paul Keres (character, endgames, attacks, strategies, openings), Viktor Korchnoi (dedication to chess, fighting spirit), Alexander Beliavsky (playing the classical openings with dedication), Nigel Short (same, but also an ingenious attacker who proves that chess isn't just about memorizing opening), and Viktor Bologan (strategical)
The list could go on. E.g. Tal, Shirov, Anand, Kramnik, are all brilliant players, but I don't want to state the obvious.
My favourite game is Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978 . It appears superficially simple, but winning against Karpov with black in those days was close to impossible. It features deep strategies and a forceful endgame, typical of Korchnoi's style.
I used to have a black and blue avatar with a stingray, but it now seems to have been taken.
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