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sfm
Member since Mar-25-05 · Last seen Dec-04-20
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 1983 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-04-20 M Kravtsiv vs Y Vovk, 2004
 
sfm: Outstanding game! White crosses fingers and jumps into it with a lion's heart. Inspired counterplay by Black, dangerous to the last move. But White does not slip.
 
   Nov-30-20 Hort vs Judit Polgar, 1987 (replies)
 
sfm: Murderous attack. I calculated for a couple of seconds where Black could play on a bit after 25.-,Qg8 and White grabs the queen with 26.NxQ Well, she can - but White speeds up with 26.Nf7+ instead.
 
   Nov-22-20 Lasker vs Marshall, 1907 (replies)
 
sfm: Iron-fisted grind-down. Lasker, merciless, as always, against one of those who made chess more fun. Curiously, White had an trivial instant mate with 63.Kb6, probably some notation error.
 
   Nov-21-20 G Kuzmin vs Alburt, 1971 (replies)
 
sfm: The desperate 28.Bxh6 is the only move. Which Stockfish says is a draw. Black loses with 28.-,Bxh6??, should have played -,b1Q. Chess is a bit difficult at times, right?
 
   Nov-18-20 A Haik vs A Hauchard, 1988 (replies)
 
sfm: "Haiked by Arnaud Hauchard" (Shakespeare)
 
   Nov-11-20 D Derakhshani vs Z Urbonaviciute, 2013 (replies)
 
sfm: "Zivile obedience"
 
   Oct-26-20 Pillsbury vs A J Conen, 1899 (replies)
 
sfm: After 11.-,d5 White should have played the obvious 12.0-0-0 [DIAGRAM] White is wildly ahead in development. Black can't grab either piece as it leads to immidiate disaster. Stockfish says +3.6. Man-to-man over the board the Pillsbury would have made short work of Black. Such a pity ...
 
   Oct-24-20 Gligoric vs J Durao, 1960
 
sfm: After 9.0-0-0+ [DIAGRAM] Black was fine after the "natural standard-response" 9.-,Kc7 1) +0.66 (19 ply) 10.Bc5 b5 11.Bd6+ Kb7 12.Bb3 a5 But not after 9.-,Ke8?? 1) +2.02 (18 ply) 10.Rd2 Nh6 11.Rhd1 Nf7 12.h3 ...
 
   Oct-23-20 Alapin vs Burn, 1911 (replies)
 
sfm: And today's pun verdict is:..........Enjoyable! Thanks to The Englishman for the question. I hope I wouldn't have missed in in a game. It is a great move. Stockfish says it is not the best (which it says is 18.-,cxd), but Stockfish doesn't understand real chess (which is, BTW, all ...
 
   Oct-22-20 M Smolovic vs D Sekulic, 1992 (replies)
 
sfm: A hired killer have been paid for the pun. The game was enjoyable, though, and that is far more important. A real struggle. White chickened out on the obvious candidate-move 30.Rxb6+, which Stockfish rates to score 8. After 30.Rxb6+,Ka7 31.Rfb1 [DIAGRAM] Stockfish says -,h3 ...
 
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