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Sokrates
Member since Apr-25-05 · Last seen Jun-24-17
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.

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   Sokrates has kibitzed 2122 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-24-17 Grand Chess Tour Paris (Rapid) (2017) (replies)
 
Sokrates: Sokrates: My thanks to <keypusher> and <rogge> for the link to the Carlsen interview - if we can call it that. Unfortunately, our present world champion is and always has been quite miserable in those setups and situations. Here he behaves like a spoiled, extremely ...
 
   Jun-22-17 A Adly vs I Vovk, 2007 (replies)
 
Sokrates: A wonderful demonstration of the most charming aspect of chess: mind defeating matter. Admittedly, I had to look for a minute before the first move came to me, probably because I didn't notice that the square d8 was vacant for white's queen. Brilliant combination by Ahmed Adly.
 
   Jun-19-17 Altibox Norway (2017) (replies)
 
Sokrates: Also my thanks to <tpstar> for this little pearl of a combination. Unfortunately undetected by Flohr himself, but nevertheless beautiful.
 
   Jun-02-17 Capablanca Memorial (Elite) (2017) (replies)
 
Sokrates: Hi Geoff, LOL to the egocetricity. You're right, of course, but it's an aspect sometimes forgotten, when you speak about the giants from the past.
 
   May-27-17 Chinese Chess League (2017) (replies)
 
Sokrates: Thank you for your kind words, <Pedro Fernandez>. Much appreciated!
 
   May-24-17 FIDE Grand Prix Moscow (2017) (replies)
 
Sokrates: <tamar: <JimNorcal> Nice try, but you blew the whistle on Nero, who fled Rome after the fire, and marauded the earth beginning in 1497 playing as NN> Or, perhaps, reincarnated here: Napoleon Bonaparte vs Madame De Remusat, 1804
 
   May-21-17 E Inarkiev vs Yifan Hou, 2017 (replies)
 
Sokrates: Yeah, 28-Qd5! is the kind of move you might overlook. OTOH - Inarkiev should have warned himself from assuming that Hou had not prepared for the obvious Bf4.
 
   May-20-17 Yifan Hou vs F Vallejo Pons, 2017 (replies)
 
Sokrates: Amazing save by, Hou being on her heels for 30 moves. I can't imagine FVP leaving the board with a smile.
 
   May-19-17 M Vachier-Lagrave vs A R Saleh Salem, 2017 (replies)
 
Sokrates: 14.-Bc8 is incomprehensable to me. My make way for the retreat of the B on the diagonal b1-h7 when you don't use it? IMO the B is much more active on g6 or h7 than c8. Clearly, MVL demonstrated his far more deep and subtle play in this game.
 
   May-14-17 J L Hammer vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2017
 
Sokrates: Hammer opened all corridors for Nepo's troops making the outcome inevitable.
 
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