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sfm
Member since Mar-25-05 · Last seen Dec-07-22
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.


   sfm has kibitzed 2069 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-07-22 Portisch vs Bobotsov, 1972 (replies)
 
sfm: <LivBlockade: After 9. d5!, Black's position is already difficult.> Here, 12 years after your posting, a MrEngine claims that actually Black is OK after 9.-,0-0 But the played 9.-,exd5? 10.cxd,Nxd5? is downhill, and 11.Nxd5,Bxd4 12.Nf4,Bb7? is over. Nice demonstration by White
 
   Dec-06-22 Alekhine vs A Gize, 1906
 
sfm: A correspondence game? Black certainly will not have spent long time on analyzing 22.-,Rc8??
 
   Dec-04-22 Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923
 
sfm: <beatgiant: Are you sure? After 26. b3, Kh7 scores -7.45 by the engine here. Which other move scores a lot more favorable for Black?> 26.-,Kh8! :-) -8.29 (21 ply) Best I found in the engine's view seems to be 26.-,Qf7, -9.07 (25 ply) Why doesn't the engine suggest this ...
 
   Dec-03-22 B Haggqvist vs P Ravn, 1957
 
sfm: Mr.Engine says that 27.Kf1 instead of 27.Kh1 wins for White.
 
   Dec-03-22 Jobava vs M Gagunashvili, 2012 (replies)
 
sfm: Trivial but very handy knowledge about pawn-against-pawn endgames, where a player can reach the same rank as his pawn is standing on. As it occurs very often. [DIAGRAM] White is to move = draw Black king _anywhere else_ on 7th or 8th rank = White to move wins But move it back one ...
 
   Dec-02-22 K McDonald vs H Hillman, 1983
 
sfm: Interesting opening. 14.Qxg4?? McEngine says that the players both better take the draw by repetition after 12.Be3 Qxh2+ 13.Kf1 Bxe4 14.f3 Qh1+ 15.Bg1 Nh2+ 16.Kf2 Ng4+ 17.Kf1,Nh2+ 18.Kf2 Ng4+ 18.Kf1 ... [DIAGRAM]
 
   Nov-18-22 A Yegiazarian vs K Asrian, 2006 (replies)
 
sfm: Nice attack. Great defense. In the moves after 32.Ne7+, White could have hoped that Black would somehow would have allowed for Qxh7+ and Rh1+
 
   Nov-16-22 Taimanov vs A Model, 1945 (replies)
 
sfm: sfm: <TheaN The nail comes as early as 8....Bg4? ...> Yes. It is a perfect build-up for a suicide - take any of the pieces on c6, c5 and g4 and move them back to where they came from, and the total disaster is gone. If 8.-,Be6 Black is fine. The Bg4-pin is riddled with nasty ...
 
   Nov-13-22 L Laurine vs Keres, 1942 (replies)
 
sfm: <perfidious: when I see such remarks as I have cited above, I am curious ..> Certainly, so I am I. But comments here are provided for free and 'as-is'. If they are relevant and honestly provided, fine with me. If they raise curiousity we may ask kindly for an explanation. At times
 
   Nov-13-22 A Pashikian vs A Yegiazarian, 2007 (replies)
 
sfm: < fredthebear: Marshall? https://www.chesshistory.com/winter... > Good page, thank you. I saw the quote attributed to Marshall in a book in my young days. Much of such matters is passed without source anyway, which gives any author freedom to attribute to whomever he wants. ...
 
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