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Poulsen
Member since Apr-22-04 · Last seen Jul-01-20
Played my first recorded games in the wake of the Spassky-Fischer '72-match. But did not go into serious chess until mid-1980'es.

I made steady - at times swift - progress - and a few years later I qualified for playing at masters level - I won many prices in tournament play - on the way up a particular year of hightlight was 1991, when I was awarded a nationwide brillianzy price for the best move that year. The game was publiced everywhere - also on radio - and its was annotated by several masters, including Bent Larsen: "move of the week ... move of the month ... move of the year" - I will never forget that. Thanks for the kind words - and RIP Larsen.

However family life, professional career etc. stopped futher progress. For more than 20 years or so I have only played for fun - and only in rare occations in serious events - such as teammatches. I have no regrets - a quest for a title was never in my dreams anyway.

I keep a reasonable collection of chessbooks and magazines - but properly it will be sold off in due time. My children has not shown any real interest in the game, so ....

Chess is still fun to me, but I am pretty sure, that it will never become a significant sport - despite new developments and progress in Asia, Africa etc..

Also very possible there will be a 'Carlsen-effect' - now that he is WCh - but the effect will be shortlived, I predict. In Norway the effect is very visible, but beyond ... hmmm. He is no doubt a worthy champ, at times even dominate, but still: I don't see him holding his throne for that many years.

Professionally I am Master of Science in civil engineering - and is currently employed at Aalborg University, where I work with working environment and contingency planning.


   Poulsen has kibitzed 819 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-17-20 Euwe - Alekhine World Championship Rematch (1937) (replies)
 
Poulsen: <Howard>< Karpov?! One of "the weakest of the 16 WC"s" ?! If that's not totally ludicrous, then I dunno what is!> Agreed. Karpov was actually one of the strongest players of all time - possibly only surpassed by Kasparov. List of top performances +2800, pre year 2005 ...
 
   Feb-11-20 Gligoric vs G Barcza, 1949
 
Poulsen: Keeping the rook on the 5th row in front of the queenside pawns was clearly a huge strategic mistake by black. 21.-,Rf6 would have been better.
 
   Jan-22-20 Browne vs Larsen, 1968
 
Poulsen: It is sometimes overlooked, since Larsen played out-of-fashion-openings and often seeked to drag games into muddy waters, but actually he was every fond of straight forward constrictive games, much like Karpov later on. In this case it is very likely that Browne in timetrouble(?) ...
 
   Oct-10-18 R Altshul vs Rudolf Mueller, 2008 (replies)
 
Poulsen: Easy - however it's worth noting, that trying to get the same motif with 'the other check' 24.Ne8+ - actually my first thought - fails to 24.-,Qxe8.
 
   Oct-05-18 J K Duda vs Ivanchuk, 2018 (replies)
 
Poulsen: A very poor perfomance by Ivanchuck. Can't say, that I have analyzed much, but it seems to me, that 7.-,Be6 followed by 11.-,Bf5 and 12.-,Bg4 leading to 13.-,Be2 simply spells doom for black, since it hands white a dangerous kingside initiative. Would 11.-,Bc4 be better?
 
   Jul-04-18 Tal vs Larsen, 1965 (replies)
 
Poulsen: <edubueno> I find it unlikely, that Larsen did not know about Lasker vs Capablanca, 1924 . Generally he had great knowledge about the games of the old masters - even the less spectacular ones. Perhaps he wanted to improve Capablanca's play by not trading the darksquared bishop
 
   Apr-19-18 Johan Wilhelm van Hulst (replies)
 
Poulsen: He was decorated for saving hundreds of jewish children during WW2. A true hero.
 
   Jan-16-18 Anand vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
 
Poulsen: Last year this: Anand vs Caruana, 2017 And this year this game. Anand is for sure one of the greatest players of all time. Caruana must be in awe.
 
   Dec-14-17 Grischuk vs A Korobov, 2017 (replies)
 
Poulsen: It seems to me, that white made a grave error by playing 37.Bd6. Maybe 37.Nd2 can hold the game?
 
   Nov-24-17 Karpov vs H Ennis, 1972
 
Poulsen: <LA MAN> 35.Be8 threatens mate sure enough, but then black has his own mate: 35.-,Qxc2#
 
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