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Member since Feb-21-05 · Last seen Sep-25-23
I live in Reykjavik, Iceland. Chess is my way to relax after work, along with jogging and classical music. I'm an average club player, but inactive since I turned into a workaholic.

I have collected chess computers and softwares, not intentially but this has somehow piled up. In recent years I mostly play correspondent games, I'm too slow for speed games but play them anyway every now and then on the Net to get some adrenalin. I've played in tournaments and simuls and hope to have time for it again later, it's a sheer joy just to be part of such events in flesh and blood.

Here is a fun game against my venerable Galileo full size Saitek table top chesscomputer with Analyst Module, on level F8 (infinite time). I like those games of mine when I can stick to some plan rather than just playing adequate moves.

White to play

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19. ?

After White's 19th move the evaluation of the computer suddenly changes from a won position for Black to a lost one. Let the damned computer eat material!

[Date "1997"]
[White "Halldor"]
[Black "Galileo, Analyst F8."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C18"]
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 Ne7 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 c5 7. Qg4 O-O 8. Bd3 Nbc6 9. Qh5 h6 10. Bxh6 gxh6 11. Qxh6 Nf5 12. Bxf5 exf5 13. O-O-O c4 14. Nh3 Qe7 15. Rhe1 Qxa3+ 16. Kb1 Re8 17. Ng5 Nd8 18. Re3 Qa6 19. e6 Bxe6 <19...Nxe6? 20. Qh7 etc would have been a nice mate> 20. Rh3 Qb5+ 21. Kc1 Qb1+ 22. Kxb1 f4 23. Qh8# 1-0

   Halldor has kibitzed 738 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-11-23 Z Almasi vs H Teske, 1990 (replies)
Halldor: Well, well, well. The bravest king position in recent memory…
   Jul-18-23 Vladimirov vs A V Kharitonov, 1977 (replies)
Halldor: I didn't find this, even though I tried all the text moves. What I missed was delaying the knight's recapture on f6 until after the bishop's sack (Bc5†) which forces the king to f8 instead of letting it escape to the queen's side. — Sometimes reversing the move order fixes the ...
   Jun-01-23 A Korobov vs A Volokitin, 2001 (replies)
Halldor: Not easy to see. 30... Rf5 is a beautiful move which breaks the communication, prevents 31 Qh3 and threatens 31… Qh4† and mate next move.
   Apr-25-23 S Duron Godoy vs V Garcia Castro, 2004
Halldor: White threatens mate, but it is Black's move. This reminds me of David Bronstein's famous quote: “The most powerful weapon in Chess is to have the next move.”
   Apr-20-23 A Matanovic vs B Rabar, 1949
Halldor: The first move begs to be tried, but to solve this you also have to see 30. Rg8†! in the main line.
   Apr-04-23 I Rogers vs S Megaranto, 2001 (replies)
Halldor: I too was totally set on how to mate with Qxh6#; so g3 was the obvious move, but I thought I had to save the knight first and went for 26 Nf1 (then g3 and Qxh6). Unfortunately, I didn't see the knight sac. — Black can avoid mate in this line by sacrificing a piece and continuing ...
   Mar-27-23 Schlechter vs Vidmar, 1917 (replies)
Halldor: This puzzle is a great lesson for beginners in realizing the power of pins, — and the power of passed pawns also.
   Feb-14-23 R Zelcic vs Z Mestrovic, 1999 (replies)
Halldor: If only Black had time to bring out his QB. Instead, his back rank weakness becomes fatal.
   Feb-06-23 D Kosic vs S Cvetkovic, 1994 (replies)
Halldor: A slightly more to this puzzle than the traditional Monday. I at least used a few moments to find out if the g2 square could be attacked. — Then I saw the well-known checkmate pattern with Bishop on the long diagonal and Rook in the corner. Voilà! The solution was found! I can ...
   Jan-26-23 Cory Riegelhaupt vs A Fishbein, 2011
Halldor: My first guess was 20 Rd8, but quickly abandoned it as I couldn't find a forced continuation. — Then I saw 20.Qe3, and after seeing that White can't take the bishop — it's an instant curtain, I was convinced I was on the right track. I examined 21 Nd2 / Ra2 / Qd2. It was fun and
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