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Sokrates
Member since Apr-25-05 · Last seen Aug-16-17
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 2192 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-16-17 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz (Rapid) (2017) (replies)
 
Sokrates: <The Rocket: Kasparovs bad time management is due to inactivity, not the format. I don't know why people cant grasp that. The more games he plays, the faster he will get> Very true. I know it from myself. I rarely play live-chess nowadays, but when I do, and it's blitz, it ...
 
   Aug-15-17 Le Quang Liem vs Caruana, 2017 (replies)
 
Sokrates: A very painful defeat for Caruana. Time, time ...
 
   Aug-13-17 Sinquefield Cup (2017) (replies)
 
Sokrates: <devere>. Thanks for your good response. I can fully concur with your <Personally I like having a champion who I can appreciate both as a chess player and a man ...> and if I have read you correctly, we may not be that far apart on the So issue.
 
   Aug-07-17 Anand vs Caruana, 2017 (replies)
 
Sokrates: Beautiful attack by Anand. There is a stellar glow on his best attacking games and this one candidates.
 
   Aug-06-17 Biel (2017) (replies)
 
Sokrates: Well responded, <Imran>. Your posts here are always balanced, fair, and interesting to read. An example to follow, in this world of hasty assumptions and superficial conclusions. My very best wishes to you, my friend! Sokrates
 
   Aug-03-17 Karjakin vs Svidler, 2017 (replies)
 
Sokrates: A risky gamble by Karjakin, who put all his money on his powerful a & b pawns while his center and king side was under a huge pressure most of the game. When he managed to easen that pressure his pawn phalanx could start rolling. An interesting asymmetric battle in this game.
 
   Aug-03-17 Aronian vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2017 (replies)
 
Sokrates: Agreed - this is a fantastic game by Aronian. And you're right <technical draw> about the unexpected moves. For me they began with 10.♖h4 - a move I would never discover at the board. When Aronian is at his best he is a true artist of our game.
 
   Jul-31-17 Yifan Hou vs Bacrot, 2017 (replies)
 
Sokrates: Visiting the game live briefly, I thought 30.-♖e6 was a big mistake due to the simple 31.♖xd3 exd3 32. ♕d8+ grabbing the pawn on d3. Apparently Hou was in time trouble and went with the safe 31.♖ae1.
 
   Jul-28-17 Yifan Hou vs Navara, 2017 (replies)
 
Sokrates: Navara was climbing on a steep cliffside in the last moves and with 39.-♕h4 he fell off. Hou played this resolutely with self-confidence and consequence. An important victory for the world's strongest female chessplayer.
 
   Jul-25-17 Morozevich vs Yifan Hou, 2017 (replies)
 
Sokrates: True, and Yifan Hou proved herself as a skilled defender. The rook on c6 was also a great defensive ressource all the way. 31.- ♘h4 was a clever move, grabbing the initiative.
 
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