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Member since Feb-21-05 · Last seen Feb-07-23
I live in Reykjavik, Iceland. Chess is my way to relax after work, along with jogging and classical music. I'm an average club player, but inactive since I turned into a workaholic.

I have collected chess computers and softwares, not intentially but this has somehow piled up. In recent years I mostly play correspondent games, I'm too slow for speed games but play them anyway every now and then on the Net to get some adrenalin. I've played in tournaments and simuls and hope to have time for it again later, it's a sheer joy just to be part of such events in flesh and blood.

Here is a fun game against my venerable Galileo full size Saitek table top chesscomputer with Analyst Module, on level F8 (infinite time). I like those games of mine when I can stick to some plan rather than just playing adequate moves.

White to play

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19. ?

After White's 19th move the evaluation of the computer suddenly changes from a won position for Black to a lost one. Let the damned computer eat material!

[Date "1997"]
[White "Halldor"]
[Black "Galileo, Analyst F8."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C18"]
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 Ne7 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 c5 7. Qg4 O-O 8. Bd3 Nbc6 9. Qh5 h6 10. Bxh6 gxh6 11. Qxh6 Nf5 12. Bxf5 exf5 13. O-O-O c4 14. Nh3 Qe7 15. Rhe1 Qxa3+ 16. Kb1 Re8 17. Ng5 Nd8 18. Re3 Qa6 19. e6 Bxe6 <19...Nxe6? 20. Qh7 etc would have been a nice mate> 20. Rh3 Qb5+ 21. Kc1 Qb1+ 22. Kxb1 f4 23. Qh8# 1-0

   Halldor has kibitzed 730 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-06-23 D Kosic vs S Cvetkovic, 1994 (replies)
Halldor: A slightly more to this puzzle than the traditional Monday. I at least used a few moments to find out if the g2 square could be attacked. — Then I saw the well-known checkmate pattern with Bishop on the long diagonal and Rook in the corner. Voilà! The solution was found! I can ...
   Jan-26-23 Cory Riegelhaupt vs A Fishbein, 2011
Halldor: My first guess was 20 Rd8, but quickly abandoned it as I couldn't find a forced continuation. — Then I saw 20.Qe3, and after seeing that White can't take the bishop — it's an instant curtain, I was convinced I was on the right track. I examined 21 Nd2 / Ra2 / Qd2. It was fun and
   Jan-10-23 G Jones vs Van Wely, 2007 (replies)
Halldor: It took me too long. When I at last saw that three squares of the seventh rank were blocked for the black king, I immediately found the queen sac.
   Jan-03-23 J Werle vs Yiyi Xiao, 2016 (replies)
Halldor: I first tried to open the diagonal for the Bishop, but I couldn't. Then I saw that 34 Nd5–f4–g6† would work. Since it is a killer I didn't look for alternate moves.
   Oct-20-22 A Reggio vs H Fahrni, 1905 (replies)
Halldor: I went for 20... Qxc3† as many, and it was a pleasure to work out various continuations. I was satisfied when I had rather good positions and didn’t go any further. However, I don’t think I solved the puzzle, I was too optimistic — as always…, thought I had a winning ...
   Oct-19-22 M Narciso Dublan vs I Cheparinov, 2020
Halldor: I went for 36 Rxe3 (since Qc1 seemed too slow for my nerves). 36 Rxe3 Bxe3 37 Qe4 Bg5 38 NxB KxN 39 Qh4† Kxf5 40 Rf1†. Here, a ghost of the Rook that I sacrified on the e-file at start was still there in my mind, it happens sometimes, but anyway — without that ghost Rook on ...
   Oct-04-22 Kostenko vs A Utnasunov, 2001
Halldor: I found this easily since I started trying to find a way to queen the pawn. An exchange sacrifice made a kind of Bishop fork possible, which blocks the c8 square for the black Rook svo the pawn can’t be stopped.
   Aug-31-22 NN vs G Geshev, 1935 (replies)
Halldor: Got it because I knew the trap. However, I had to refresh my memory (tried Bg4†?! before seeing that the knight on c6 does the trick).
   May-02-22 J J O'Hanlon vs B Goulding Brown, 1914 (replies)
Halldor: Monday at its best! going family-friendly again?!
   Apr-12-22 M Shapir (Porat) vs B Lengyel, 2008 (replies)
Halldor: I got the game line to the end, and my continuation was a kind of futile breakout try for the white king: 44 Kf2 Nxc1† 45 Ke3 Re2† 46 Kd4 Re4† — and now the rook on b4 is lost, either by 47 Kc5 Nd3† forking King and Rook, or by 47 Kc3 Na2† forking King and Rook as well.
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