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Member since Apr-25-05 · Last seen May-26-18
I'm a Dane from Copenhagen. Born 1947. Have played since 1963, albeit not actively since 1974 when I had about 2150 in rating. Follow the chess world closely, but I do have a passion for chess history. Retired (2014) from my job as a publisher on art books. Full Member

   Sokrates has kibitzed 2570 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-26-18 Altibox Norway (2018) (replies)
Sokrates: Norwegians are very proud of their country and particular themselves! In my working days, I've always enjoyed working with Norwegians in Interscandinavian ventures. We could always agree that the Swedes were arrogant and intolerably self-important! It's all friendly quarrels among ...
   May-25-18 chessforum (replies)
Sokrates: A question for CG: Is it possible by means of this site to send a private message to a forum member? I visit another site/forum, where this feature is enabled and very often used btw. Thanks in advance.
   May-22-18 Capablanca Memorial (2018) (replies)
Sokrates: Yes, congrats to Shankland. With +5 =5 -0 it's an impressive achievement. Hopefully, this will a promise for victories to come.
   May-20-18 Women's World Championship (2018) (replies)
Sokrates: <AylerKupp> Just my humble and sincere thanks for your great, sometimes even educational posts. We are privileged to have such a knowledgable person in our midst, always creating objective and fair arguments instead of sliding into personal attacks.
   May-05-18 A Timofeev vs A Gutenev, 2018
Sokrates: Black's bishop is doomed. 38.-♗d6 39.h6 ♔g6/h6 40.♖e6
   Apr-29-18 Gashimov Memorial (2018) (replies)
Sokrates: Hi Geoff, LOL to your Polgar-Svidler-Caruana syllogism - love your funny sense of humour. As prediction of the forthcoming WCC I guess any kind of logic would do, since it is, in fact, quite unpredictable. <BobbieM: Sokrates: Carlsen won Tata Steel 2018> Correct! I was just ...
   Apr-28-18 US Championship (2018) (replies)
Sokrates: With the present leadership of FIDE it is very tempting to create an alternative, but Kasparov's example from the past is by no means encouraging for such an undertaking. The right thing to do would be to reform FIDE from the inside. Unfortunately, too many negative forces corrupt ...
   Apr-21-18 Caruana vs Lenderman, 2018 (replies)
Sokrates: When I was an active player decades ago (during the Punic Wars!) French was my favorite weapon against e4. There is much psychology in the French. White gets more space and initiative to begin with, and optimistic, aggressive players are thrilled by it. But when their pawn phalanx ...
   Apr-18-18 GRENKE Chess Classic (2018) (replies)
Sokrates: Hi <Pedro>, LOL to the "North Germanic language". Some Danes would be offended, thinking it has something to do with Germany :-), but there is clearly a kinship between the Nordic languages and the German variants (German, Dutch, Friesisch etc.) English is sort of a mixture ...
   Mar-30-18 World Championship Candidates (2018) (replies)
Sokrates: <Petrosianic> No offense, but what the heck is "gamesmanship"? If you know of a code of good behavior at the chessboard, I would like to know if it includes obligatory draw offerings caused by tournament stands. I would say we usually condemn such offerings, well all kinds of
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