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Sokrates
Member since Apr-25-05 · Last seen Oct-20-17
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 2265 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-18-17 European Club Cup (2017) (replies)
 
Sokrates: Thanks, <sonia91> for the result. Which, I am sorry to say, cannot ignite my enthusiasm, since neither of these club names form an identity in my mind. My bad but am I the only one who cannot get exited by club chess tournaments?
 
   Oct-16-17 Isle of Man Open (2017) (replies)
 
Sokrates: Dear <moronovich>, Amen! :-)
 
   Sep-30-17 Yifan Hou vs S Bogner, 2017 (replies)
 
Sokrates: Sort of routine endgame powerplay with a clear plan and execution. Hou needed the point and she took it with ease.
 
   Sep-29-17 C Aravindh vs Yifan Hou, 2017 (replies)
 
Sokrates: The finale was on the edge for Yifan, but she kept her cool. Well done!
 
   Sep-28-17 Yifan Hou vs M Panchanathan, 2017 (replies)
 
Sokrates: 34 Nd3 is a wonderful move emphasizing Hou's dynamic and ingenious attack in this game. Moreover, her last two opponents had the most difficult names to pronounce! :-)
 
   Sep-27-17 World Cup (2017) (replies)
 
Sokrates: <k009ris: Boring ,whatever . Blunder filled fast games decide the champ.This knockout mini -matches format creates maybe tense but overall disappointing games.> Such a wonderful, positive approach to this event and its players.
 
   Sep-27-17 Yifan Hou vs Y Shvayger, 2017 (replies)
 
Sokrates: Black's counter attack on the king side was too unfounded, so Hou Yifan could collect a decisive advantage by simple means. A sort of suicide by Yuliya Shvayger (what a name!)
 
   Sep-27-17 Carlsen vs Granda Zuniga, 2017 (replies)
 
Sokrates: Some truth in what you say. But on closer inspection, it is hard for black to 1) get a safe accomodation for his king, 2) do anything active with his bishop, since it has no squares to go, momentarily, 3) likewise activating the queen who is bound to defending the pawn g7. ...
 
   Sep-27-17 Anand vs N Lubbe, 2017
 
Sokrates: Not so badly played by Lubbe. I think he had good prospects for quite a while, but he probably suffered from the respect of the master syndrom making him not believe in his own possibilities.
 
   Sep-23-17 Caruana vs Kramnik, 2017 (replies)
 
Sokrates: Kramnik could have resigned at least 10 moves earlier. Well played by Caruana.
 
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