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Member since Mar-25-05 · Last seen Nov-29-23
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 2129 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-29-23 Korchnoi vs Kasparov, 1991 (replies)
sfm: <DrMAL : 23.fxg4 was the critical (losing) mistake, allowing the h-file to be opened. > The Engine confirms that. Gaining the g4-pawn was a disaster. 23.Rb1 is the engine's suggested move, where White does not care about instead giving the h3-pawn away, as 23.-,gxh 24.gxh,Bxh3 ...
   Nov-27-23 Kuzubov vs G Meier, 2017 (replies)
sfm: Preferring the a-pawn with 33.-,Bxa2? was a trip downhill. 33.-,Nf5 was good, to grab White's h4-pawn. It does not look that scary yet, but suddenly it ends up winning the game.
   Nov-25-23 Short vs Ganguly, 2002
sfm: Difficult. First move easy to guess, but to see all the points and quiet moves, nope.
   Nov-23-23 Taimanov vs A Southall, 1989
sfm: Nice little pearl. 12.0-0-0?? is unplayable, correct is 12.a3 Black spots 12.-,Bxc3! and it goes wrong quickly. There is a bit of notes here: A simutaneous event by Taimanov? It seems like Andy Southall left us earlier this year.
   Nov-13-23 S Petersen vs A Mastrovasilis, 2008 (replies)
sfm: The silent rearrangement. Beautiful in its simplicity! Would have loved to find it.
   Oct-26-23 Ortega vs M Ruiz Gutierrez, 1993
sfm: 33.Qg8+! LOL. Pure sadism, just 33.Ng6+ does it.
   Oct-17-23 J Whitehead vs J Thinnsen, 1981 (replies)
sfm: For those already knowing Fischer vs Benko, 1963 this should be an easy one.
   Oct-12-23 L O Hauge vs E O Risting, 2019 (replies)
sfm: After 28.Kh1, it is Black to move: [DIAGRAM] A chess instructor seeing Black playing 28.-,g5 might get the idea teaching the student about not moving pawns in front of the king, weakening the structure, allowing attacks like 29.Nf3 and 30.h4 right away. Maybe that was what Black's ...
   Oct-09-23 B Bilunov vs A Kudriashov, 1962 (replies)
sfm: 9.-,Nf6 is so plausible and 'obviously good' that it is strange - but admirable - that somebody even considers anything else. 9.-,Nh6 is surprisingly bad, on the edge of totally losing, if White finds the strongest moves. Which he does, 100%. A beautiful and rare crush. Bravo! ...
   Sep-26-23 F Rhine vs D Sprenkle, 1981 (replies)
sfm: Well played, FSR! I recall a beginners book way back then: 1. Castle very early in the game. 2. Prevent attacks on the weakest point in your position: f2/f7 3. Do not try to attack before all your pieces are well developed. Hmm. It was a cheap book anyway.
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