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Member since Mar-25-05 · Last seen Nov-26-19
I was born in Denmark in 1960. From I was 16 to 23 chess was my life, nothing else mattered. Young people with total dedication will learn. So did I. My rating grew to about 2200, and the performance rating in my last participation in the Danish team tournament was 2365. Then, in 1983, I decided to drop the game completely. Chess had become too dominating, too absorbing. Should a man really allow himself to devote so much of his life to chess, a game so limited in itself?

After a hard thinking I said "no", and never participated in another tournament.

But I miss the drama and the excitement, something I never found to the same extent elsewhere. Also, the great feeling of excellence did not return. Finally, there were the many friends you got.

Chess is still a minor addiction, which I fight. No chess software on my PC and online play-chess sites are firewalled. Full Member

   sfm has kibitzed 1916 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-26-19 Prins vs E Paoli, 1949 (replies)
sfm: <HaydenB: Looked more like a puzzle from "Test Your Positional Play." > Exactly what I thought too. Larsen once wrote: "I have been told that my book 'Find the Plan' is harder than my book 'Find the Combination'. I knew that already." What would be a plan for White? To ...
   Nov-22-19 H Westerinen vs Y Miyasaki, 1972 (replies)
sfm: I met Westerinen several times (not over the board, though), as he was a frequent visitor to Denmark. Slim guy, small grey moustache, friendly nature. Soft-spoken in person, at the board a ferocious tiger behind his disguise, one of those guys radiating energy and love of the game. His
   Oct-26-19 B Sadiku vs S Soors, 2015 (replies)
sfm: <Carrots and Pizza: I saw all the way to 37...Be3 and would have gone for it in a tournament game. Do I get full credit?> Finding the right first move gives full credit, as long as you do not fall for the temptation to back it up with analysis. “Give your decisions, never your ...
   Oct-26-19 Szabo vs O'Kelly, 1946
sfm: The combi that loses. Larsen once wrote that "It is OK that you can not calculate the consequences of a move, but it is not so good if you didn't even get the idea." Here GM O'Kelly got the idea of 12.-,Bxc5??, but on this bad day he missed the full picture. Instead 12.-,Nbd7 is rated
   Oct-18-19 Karjakin vs A Dreev, 2019 (replies)
sfm: Don't miss out on the comments by <Caissanist> for the game Shirov vs Yu Yangyi, 2019
   Oct-18-19 Shirov vs Yu Yangyi, 2019 (replies)
sfm: < Caissanist: This game was played on the board adjacent to Karjakin vs Dreev, 2019...> LOL! Never saw anything like it. Well, chess tournaments can be demanding, why not share the work? (I take the even moves, you take the odd?)
   Oct-18-19 Von Der Lasa vs W Hanstein, 1842
sfm: 13.dxc?? should have lost to -,Nxc6, removing the attacking pawn and bringing a defender to the field. White has nothing that works. But after 13.-,Bxf3?? White wins.
   Oct-13-19 L Christiansen vs Seirawan, 1978 (replies)
sfm: Discounting a clumsy rook which may be getting into trouble, all pieces are on the Q-side. A quick glance at the board... is the black king in any danger? And the white queen is as far away as can be, having stepped into the corner only a couple of moves ago. As a declaration of ...
   Oct-11-19 V Gashimov vs Korchnoi, 2008 (replies)
sfm: <playground player: Aren't you supposed to lose if you have tripled pawns?> I believe statistics are indeed against such unfortunate players. A clever solution is to upgrade it to a powerful quadrupled pawn. Alekhine vs Nenarokov, 1907 Van der Wiel vs Hort, 1981
   Oct-04-19 Reshevsky vs Najdorf, 1953
sfm: 40.Bxb5?? gives a piece. A rare short-circuit in Reshevsky's brain. StockFish suggests 40.Be1 with evaluation 0.0.
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