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Member since Apr-25-05 · Last seen Dec-17-17
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 2324 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-13-17 London Chess Classic (2017) (replies)
Sokrates: Well now, it's time to turn the last page of this tournament, pour a single malt (Ardbeg), laugh at nothing and grab the book you just bought on a trip to Hamburg (Tyll). Have a great evening, gentlemen, whereever you are.
   Dec-01-17 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2017 (replies)
Sokrates: And it's 15.00 CET!
   Nov-29-17 FIDE Grand Prix Mallorca (2017) (replies)
Sokrates: Thanks, <AylerKupp> for the link to your fresh and vivid post. An enlightening pleasure, thanks.
   Nov-16-17 Champions Showdown: Carlsen-Ding (Blitz) (2017) (replies)
Sokrates: Thanks for this overview, <offramp>. I had Carlsen as the winner before the match, but I had not imagined that Ding Liren would have won only two games of 30 by the completion of the match. What a powerful demonstration by the world champion.
   Nov-15-17 Carlsen vs Ding Liren, 2017
Sokrates: Yes it is. The end position with hords of white pawns at the doorstep of black's ruined fortress leaves a deep impression.
   Nov-14-17 Champions Showdown: Carlsen-Ding (Blitz G/10) (2017) (replies)
Sokrates: Something about this raises my suspicion or at least consideration. How can Liren perform so poorly when formats get quicker? True, he is up against no. 1 in those disciplines, but this is one of the finalists in the recent World Cup. Liren must play zillions of games exercising ...
   Nov-13-17 Carlsen vs Ding Liren, 2017 (replies)
Sokrates: Next will probably be Qd5 threatening two pawns, targeting Ra8 and generally paralyzing black. So yes, it's understandable that Liren put an end to the sufferings.
   Nov-13-17 Champions Showdown: Carlsen-Ding (Rapid G/20) (2017) (replies)
Sokrates: Yes, it has become more and more apparent that the supremacy of the world champion grows when time formats get shorter. It must be quite disheartening for the other players to know that the classical format is the only format where they have got a reasonable chance to pass his ...
   Nov-11-17 W So vs L Dominguez, 2017 (replies)
Sokrates: Agreed. The format does that to the quality of the games. But as long as classics, rapids and blitzes are recorded separately, I don't complain. In the public, though, these very different formats are often mixed up, but we know better, don't we?
   Nov-10-17 L Dominguez vs W So, 2017 (replies)
Sokrates: Ouch! A somewhat strange game. So didn't play the opening very well, but after 40.Bd6 it was downhill for Perez. Why exchange black's bad B with the much stronger Bf4? As long as he could keep his N on c4 (i.e. not allowing black's Bh5 to leave its marginal position and attack the ...
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