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Member since Feb-21-05 · Last seen Jul-06-22
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 722 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-02-22 J J O'Hanlon vs B Goulding Brown, 1914 (replies)
Halldor: Monday at its best! going family-friendly again?!
   Apr-12-22 M Shapir (Porat) vs B Lengyel, 2008 (replies)
Halldor: I got the game line to the end, and my continuation was a kind of futile breakout try for the white king: 44 Kf2 Nxc1† 45 Ke3 Re2† 46 Kd4 Re4† — and now the rook on b4 is lost, either by 47 Kc5 Nd3† forking King and Rook, or by 47 Kc3 Na2† forking King and Rook as well.
   Apr-06-22 Safin vs M Ali, 2001 (replies)
Halldor: I found the game line after first trying 22 Rf1† for a few seconds. In the end I wanted to check if immediate 21 Qg6 would also work, but then Black has some options, and I was too lazy to find the possibilities. The general rule of thumb is to find a winning line that is as ...
   Mar-21-22 C Ratsimikatry vs N Faulks, 2008 (replies)
Halldor: The White King is in stalemate position. Therefore, my first thought was to find if any of the white pieces was overworked — and the Queen proved to be. A decent Monday level.
   Mar-16-22 E J Diemer vs A Schuppler, 1937 (replies)
Halldor: Fun to work on this. I started with 23 Bxf7+ but soon saw that 23 Rxf7 was playable.
   Nov-17-21 Yifan Hou vs M Sebag, 2011 (replies)
Halldor: I decided to start with the most forcing move, 30 Qxh6+ just to check it out. But after BxQ I saw that the passed pawn can queen, and the following double check did the trick. Magnificent ending!
   Mar-17-21 Short vs I Ivanov, 1984 (replies)
Halldor: I began with 40... Rd1, but soon started working on 40... Nxh3+. When I couldn't get it to work I started again with 40... Rd1 (I thought that just a violent first move could work to prevent QxQ). Got stuck for a long time and was about to give up... Then at last ― suspecting ...
   Mar-16-21 A Saric vs N Pogonina, 2007 (replies)
Halldor: The f7 pawn is only defended by the King, and the Rooks can invade the f-line. So I started with 37 Rxf7, and it it worked well.
   Feb-12-21 J Celis vs F Pancevski, 2012 (replies)
Halldor: I immediately decided on 31...Rh1!! because in such positions it never fails...! So I didn't try Rd2 (but it still came up in one line: 34...Rd2 and Qh1#). I went for 36... Qxg2?! which is much weaker than text, but also leads to mate in the end.
   Feb-10-21 Yudasin vs Kramnik, 1994 (replies)
Halldor: I tried to exploit the stalemate position of the White King (Ng3+ hxg3?? Qh6#), but couldn't get it to work. But for similar mate pattern with Rook on h5 after the Knight sacrifice the Queen wasn't needed. So then at last I tried: 24... Qxe3!! 25 fxe3 (otherwise White will lose a ...
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