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sfm
Member since Mar-25-05 · Last seen Nov-20-22
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 2058 times to chessgames   [more...]
   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. ...
 
   Nov-12-22 G Pap vs L Seres, 2005 (replies)
 
sfm: White should have played 38.Qb1, equal. After 38.Qb4?? I immediately spotted the mate-in-63 (confirmed by the engine) after 38.-,Qf5, but instead Black played the harmless 38.-,f5, equal. 40.-,g5?? Black might have felt safe because of the back-rank threat of -,Re1+. White has no time
 
   Nov-08-22 S Munch vs V Burmakin, 2014 (replies)
 
sfm: The engine says it is equal after 15.Rcd1, Kg7, which solves a the classic back-rank issue seen in the game. The plausible 15.-,Sxd5? is bad, after 16.Lc4 Black must lose a pawn on f7 or b7, +1 for White
 
   Nov-01-22 R Hess vs Tiviakov, 2011 (replies)
 
sfm: <Penguincw: < Scandinavian Defense: Gubinsky-Melts Defense > <Hmm. There are more openings in chess than I thought.> LOL. And it's getting worse. They are currently looking for names for the openings in each of the Fischer Random Chess positions. It has been discussed ...
 
   Oct-24-22 R Vera vs G Garcia, 1992 (replies)
 
sfm: <mel gibson: Good finish. I could miss that in a blitz game if I was down on time.> You couldn't!
 
   Oct-24-22 V Papin vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2004 (replies)
 
sfm: Smart to convert to a rook, to minimize the loss when Black captures on f8. Larsen once said "There can only be one reason for converting to rook or bishop, instead of a queen: not to stalemate the opponent." (Well, apart from the fun of it, of course) I can remember that I once tried ...
 
   Oct-16-22 D Foord vs E Kirk, 2010 (replies)
 
sfm: <Teyss: For the pun, don't look for a churchy reference ("Dom" means cathedral in German): it's about Start Trek. Captain Kirk is ostensibly drinking Dom Perignon...> Absolutely loved this one! Maybe we need a new forum "Punterpretations"
 
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