| SIM Søren Peschardt
I'm 54 years old and live in Sevilla, Spain. Left Denmark in October 2009 to join up with my cheerleader Esperanza (see above) and her 2 sons. Still work for my Danish company - a big hospital just outside Copenhagen in the computer department. I'm not a programmer and not a technician
either! Give me a screwdriver, and I can ruin almost anything!
My responsibilities are handling of incidents and service
request in the IT-environment - and to act as project manager
in all possible kind of projects - small and big.
In my spare time I like to play badminton, OTB-chess (FIDE 2167) and I also read a lot (mostly detective novels and about history). Am also very interested in all kind of sports - I attend all home games of my favourite soccer club FC Copenhagen.
How did I get into the NFL? Well ICCF is to blame for that!
In my first correspondence chess tournament WT/III/132 - all the way back in 1974-76 - I was lucky to meet an opponent from the US Eugene Robbins, Euclid Ave in Dravosburg (suburb to Pittsburgh). Very quickly we switched from postcards to loooong letters - and in 1998 he invited me to visit him in his mobile home!
And, here it comes: On my 22nd birthday (August 5th 1978) he took me to Three Rivers Stadium for a NFL preseason game Falcons@Steelers. The action on the field got me immediately - hey I did not even know the sport existed…..
Back home in DEN I missed the NFL a lot! Nothing in the newspapers (not even results) and nothing on TV!
Luckily about a decade later somebody invented the Internet - and then I started to learn and read everything about the Steelers. And to my big surprise (and joy) I realized, that I had actually seen the winners of SuperBowl XIII.
10 years ago Danish TV suddenly started to show NFL-games. The first couple of years only the SuperBowl - but the last 5 years I have been able to watch NFL every Sunday!
I have been so lucky to attend 2 more live games: In 2000 after the ICCF Congress in Daytona Beach George Packers (Sorry: Pyrich) and I drove to Tampa to see the Jets@Buccanners - and last year Andy was so kind to invite me to London for the Dolphins@Giants game at Wembley! And we are going again this year!!
I have stayed in the ICCF family without any breaks since 1974 - and I got the IM-title in 2004 and the SIM-title in 2006. Next year I will most likely get my last title: IA. I have had several different ICCF positions - webmaster, title tournaments commissioner and lately FD-assistant and organizer of the Money Prize Tournaments. I became the delegate from Denmark in 1997 and have attended every Congress since.
A little curiosity: In the first draft of this profile Franklin gave me the title of Grandmaster SIM - and everybody was yelling at him for that! But the "title" is really not completely wrong!! In ICCF I'm only a SIM - but in the TV gameshow Jeopardy I am a Grandmaster!! I have the show on a disc - so if anyone can teach me how to create an Internet compatible video from a disk - you will be able to watch it here! It is not a threat - it is a promise :
- Favourite team: Pittsburgh Steelers - only dissapointment:
They have NO Cheerleaders!!
- Favourite player (past): Jack Lambert
- Favourite player (present): Ben Roethlisberger
- see below
- Favourite player (non-US): Morten Andersen - recold
holder in the NFL - most scored points in history!!
- Favourite position: Nose tackle - but I have actually
never held a football in my hands!!
- Wish for Christmas: That NFL will relocate the
Baltimore Ravens back to Cleveland - so we can beat the
Browns 4 times a year!!
Ben - the big no 7: 1st round draft choise in 2004 and plays
QB as I play chess! Excellent athlete, strong arm, great escaping
trouble by running away - and has a burger named after him!!
Make this on any given Sunday: http://www.recipezaar.com/138858.
The original burger can be eaten at Peppi's, 927 Western Ave,
Pittsburgh - of course the prize is 7 USD!!
George Pyrich and me at a rainy
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa 2000
My Steeler Buddy Gene and me at Niagara Falls, 1978.
Some years after my visit in "the Burgh" we lost contact
- but 10 years ago, I tracked him down at the Internet!
Since that day we have played friendly games at goldtoken.com.
This is what ICCF really can give us - if we grab the
chance - lifetime friendships!
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Stadium - Heinz Field