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Sokrates
Member since Apr-25-05 · Last seen Dec-13-19
I'm a Dane from Copenhagen. Born 1947, first name Sven. Have played since 1963, albeit not actively since 1974 when I had around 2100 in rating.

Follow the chess world closely, but I do have a particular passion for chess history. Lasker and Keres are the top players who have inspired me the most, but I find many of the historical giants fascinating.

Retired (2014) from my job as a publisher on art books.

Socrates (in my language: Sokrates) has been one of the most important guides in my life. Ever since I began reading Plato at 17, his thoughts and actions have had a deep impact on me.

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   Sokrates has kibitzed 3406 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-13-19 London Chess Classic GCT Finals (2019) (replies)
 
Sokrates: Right, <WPE>, and further from PH: The noble art of losing face may some day save the human race and turn into eternal merit what weaker minds would call disgrace
 
   Dec-05-19 Grand Prix Monaco (Women) (2019) (replies)
 
Sokrates: Big and interesting portrait of Koneru Humpy in the latest (# 7) issue of New in Chess. She was completely away from chess for two years, but now she is back with the third best rating of the women. It would have been great, if Hou Yifan and Ju Wenjun also were present here, but ...
 
   Sep-12-19 World Cup (2019) (replies)
 
Sokrates: I have come to realise that I should take a long break from posting here. Meanwhile, take care, gentlemen, I wish you well.
 
   Sep-09-19 Sinquefield Cup (2019) (replies)
 
Sokrates: Many thanks, <keypusher> - that's a splendid explanation, settling the question definitely. <AylerKupp> LOL - I shall remember the flat cat henceforth. "Cross out and move on!" August Strindberg, Swedish playwright (1849-1912)
 
   Aug-16-19 GCT St. Louis Rapid & Blitz (2019) (replies)
 
Sokrates: Wow, <csmath>, that's an impressive number of blitzes - good on you! Right, Yu oversaw what a <blind grandpa> would have seen and you may never have <missed something like that>, but I have seen worse, although it was among amateurs like myself (evidently). I have
 
   Aug-09-19 Abu Dhabi Masters (2019) (replies)
 
Sokrates: Dear <Pedro>, LOL - you bet Danes love irony and sarcasm - to such as degree that they are warned not to use it abroad, since it's often hard to detect and not to everyone's taste. You know, that's the difficulty of written words. If we had been seated in a bar or café next ...
 
   Aug-03-19 GCT Paris Rapid & Blitz (2019)
 
Sokrates: <moronovich>. You're very kind on my merits, thanks, especially since you are a much stronger player than me. Oh, silver wedding, huge congrats! I should be lucky if I succeeded. On my 4th marriage, 15 years now. When people ask about the other 3, I usually say, the first was
 
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