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Member since Feb-21-05 · Last seen Nov-25-19
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 703 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-09-19 F Vallejo Pons vs N Huschenbeth, 2010 (replies)
Halldor: I went for 22... Bd4 winning the bishop on e3, but if White takes then 23...e5, trapping the queen. I only looked briefly at 22...Nd4 and thought it wouldn't work since White could then play 23 e5, making an escape for the queen to e4, although losing the exchange after Night fork ...
   Apr-09-18 O Ladva vs B Assaubayeva, 2017 (replies)
Halldor: After the text 37. Bxf7 I anticipated 37... Nxf7 38. Qxb2 Nxd6. White then has a won position, but in severe timetrouble anything can happen.
   Jan-31-18 A Sokolov vs Naiditsch, 2015 (replies)
Halldor: Very interesting maneuver of the heavy pieces on the eighth rank. I got 39 Qxf8 but only thought of 40 Re8? as many. It is vital that the second rook can go to the eighth rank protected by the pawn on f7.
   Jan-24-18 Vogt vs G Kuzmin, 1971 (replies)
Halldor: I went for 32... Qb5 after the text, didn't see the pin possibility after RxB.
   Dec-18-17 M Bosiocic vs I Kowalski, 2017 (replies)
Halldor: Obviously a Monday today. Nice three-mover, ― with queen sac of course.
   Jul-17-17 Flohr vs Bogoljubov, 1931 (replies)
Halldor: I'm glad to see that I wasn't the only one who found this rather difficult.
   Jul-03-17 J Montezinos vs Euwe, 1927 (replies)
Halldor: Nice deflection move. This reminds me of the positions I got when I was six years old and liked to walk the King. I was punished for that.
   May-11-16 Jon R Stephenson vs A McIntosh, 1983 (replies)
Halldor: WOW, what an incredible attack early in the game!
   Apr-12-16 Yifan Hou vs H J Cordes, 2015 (replies)
Halldor: The King is the worst defender. Look for a combination when the King alone is defending a piece.
   Mar-24-16 B Al Qudaimi vs B Amin, 2014 (replies)
Halldor: My first try had 29 Ree1, which doesn't mate, so I looked for a while for some other lines before I found the improvement 29 Reh5! which nails it.
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