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Member since Mar-17-03 · Last seen Jun-16-23
♔ I am Haakon Strand (actually HÃ¥kon), from Norway

♔ Data Scientist by profession

♔ My FIDE rating is 2171

♔ MoonlitKnight, as in the Genesis song "Dancing with the Moonlit Knight"

♔ Long-time acquaintance of Magnus Carlsen

♔ Highlight of my career: Carlsen vs H Strand, 2008

>> Click here to see MoonlitKnight's game collections.

   MoonlitKnight has kibitzed 1936 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-16-23 Keymer vs Carlsen, 2023 (replies)
MoonlitKnight: He said in the postgame interview that the queen exchange wasn't according to plan, and that it annoyed him a bit. I guess the rook endgame was always winning, but did require some precision. The position before the queen exchange was just crushing.
   Sep-28-22 Hans Niemann (replies)
MoonlitKnight: The bio might be in need of an update soon due to recent events. <To date, Carlsen has not further explained his action.> This is not true anymore. Magnus has made a public statement clarifying his actions. <Extensive analysis of Carlsen vs Niemann, 2022, including by
   Dec-24-15 Carlsen vs C Li, 2015 (replies)
MoonlitKnight: I've followed Magnus's games for 13 years and this is one of the most impressive games I've seen from him. In my eyes anyway.
   Oct-21-15 Emory Tate (replies)
MoonlitKnight: I'm sad to hear that Emory passed away at such a young age. I recently played a lot of blitz games against him on ICC. His play seemed to have deteriorated a lot in the last few years, maybe due to health issues, I don't know. The games were always interesting, though. He ...
   Apr-28-15 Harold Dondis (replies)
MoonlitKnight: And he just won a tournament!
   Jan-14-15 Carlsen vs H Strand, 2008 (replies)
MoonlitKnight: <whiteshark> I'm still alive. Thanks for putting my game in your collection! :-)
   Jan-14-15 Vasyl Ivanchuk (replies)
MoonlitKnight: Ivanchuk in his prime (and even today) could destroy anyone in a single game or even a tournament. But when it comes to consistency, Carlsen is superior by a wide margin.
   Jul-16-13 FIDE Grand Prix Beijing (2013) (replies)
MoonlitKnight: Yet neither Grischuk nor Caruana has managed to do so in 6 attempts. :-) In fact, I can't recall Grischuk ever winning a super tournament outright. Caruana has won a fair share of them though. A win in Paris would bring him past 2800 and cement his status as the next big ...
   Jul-13-13 Kasparov vs Short, 1987 (replies)
MoonlitKnight: I'm reminded of Kasparov's famous remark when it became clear that he would face Short in the 1993 world championship match: "It will be Short and it will be short."
   Jul-03-13 Emre Can (replies)
MoonlitKnight: Emre Can is also the name of a German-Turkish footballer who already played for Bayern Munich's first team at the age of 19.
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