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sfm
Member since Mar-25-05 · Last seen Jul-27-21
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 2000 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-27-21 Bellon Lopez vs Borges Mateos, 2000 (replies)
 
sfm: Weird game ending. White can win with both 38.Bg8+! - fastest as has been pointed out - or 38.Qg8+, which he plays. Then comes 38.-,Kg6 39.Qf7+,Kh7 After 40.Bf5+ it is over , Black must give the queen - but instead White repeats! 39.Qg8+, Kg6 40.Qf7+ Probably black lost on ...
 
   Jun-18-21 S Bouaziz vs Miles, 1979 (replies)
 
sfm: Sour loss, so close, so many winning moves along the way, and finally, after 45.c7?? missing the draw after 45.-,Qf1 46.Qf1. That chess, (and life) at times.
 
   Apr-01-21 Beliavsky vs A Arab, 2006 (replies)
 
sfm: Great inspired game. 30.-,Nh3 is a fantastic move. Stockfish rates that position as 0.0, but the position is dynamite. The knight boldly gives its life, but accepting the offer was fatal SF say 33.BxN loses, and holds 33.Qxd5 as equal. Charming ending, after 56.Ra3,Rc2 or 56.Rf1,Kxh5 ...
 
   Mar-24-21 Kosteniuk vs N Pogonina, 2005 (replies)
 
sfm: As we have seen, Black's idea of defending on the a1-h8 diagonal fails, due to the unguarded rook on c8. After 27.-,Qa4?? 28.Qh2 there is nothing to do. Stockfish suggests 27.-,Rbc5 28.Qh2, f6 29.Nc3,RxN and while White is much better, there is still a fight.
 
   Mar-13-21 Timman vs Larsen, 1980 (replies)
 
sfm: Oops. Well, as other punnaisseurs also have pointed out over time, our late Danish hero was at times more successfully hell-Bent and committed grand Larseny on the board. I met him once, in Lyngby-Virum chess club, for his simultaneous exhibition there. He gave a short speech, as in ...
 
   Feb-20-21 Alekhine vs R E Desai, 1933
 
sfm: <perfidious: The pun is not as bad as the game... execrable> Well, OK, the game was a terrible waste of time, but now I learned a word I'd otherwise never had run into. Execrable! I like it! Perfect for a heated discussion, showing some sophistication.
 
   Feb-16-21 A Grosar vs Jirovsky, 1991 (replies)
 
sfm: "Easy" to see that 25.NxP+ is good enough for a draw. Easy to see that there may be more. Seeing through to 31.e6 and that the threat of 32.Rag7+ and 33.e7+ forces Black to return the knight, is, in my view, "hard".
 
   Feb-05-21 D Gurevich vs Short, 1983 (replies)
 
sfm: <chancho: 27.Qh4+ Qh6 28.Nf7+ wins the Queen, sure, but black gets white's Knight. Whereas Gurevich's 27.d6 ...> <piltdown man: A beautiful final move!> I laughed over that move. Probably the players did too.
 
   Feb-01-21 D Allan vs L Day, 1980 (replies)
 
sfm: <Xeroxx: It's a pun isn't it?> Hang on, let me check... Yes, I am afraid it is. <I hate puns.> So do I. But then again, I love to hate them! I would miss not missing them at all if they were taken away. <Worst form of humor ever.> That is ridiculous. There are ...
 
   Jan-26-21 V Peresipkin vs Chekhov, 1976 (replies)
 
sfm: They didn't waste their time, reaching the endgame after 18 moves. Black has no weaknesses at all, but White's c5 pawn is a target for the black bishop after Be5-b2-a3, then chasing the knight away with -,f5. Easy to see, so White's 23.a3 must have puzzled Black. Pointless, even ...
 
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