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Monday, December 24, 2007

Current Chess Tournaments

Currently, the following chess tournaments are being played:

(a)Groningen Chess Festival-The Groningen Chess Festival takes place from December 21st-30th December 2007. official tournament website:http://www.so-on.org/kerst2007/2007eng.html

(b) XVII Pampona International . The XVII Pampona International Chess Tournament takes place from December 21st-29th . The official tournament website is: http://www.chesspamplona.com/

(c)Russian Championship SuperfinalsThe Russian Championship Superfinals for Women and Men take place from December 18th-30th . The official tournament website is: Official site: http://www.russiachess.org/

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Nutritional Practices of Chess Grandmasters

A registered dietian has done a study of the eating habits of chess grandmasters. Roberto H. Baglione. Baglione concluded from his study that 66.7% of the surveyed Grandmasters ate at least three meals a day and 36.1% often skipped breakfast. The majority of Grandmasters (66.7%) avoided overeating or having food of difficult digestion before the games, while the rest preferred a regular or habitual intake. During games, a great number of chess players (95.8%) ate some sort of solid food or fluid, while the rest did not. The most preferred solid food by Grandmasters included chocolate (80.5%), fruits (14.6%) and cereal bars (9.8%). Regarding types of fluid, main preferences were water (72.1%), coffee (42.6%), tea (29.5%) and fruit juice (23.6%). To read more of Baglione's findings go to:
http://www.chess-players.org/eng/news/viewarticle.html?id=688

Carlos Torre Memorial

The XX Carlos Torre Memorial takes place in Mérida, Yucatán, México 15th-23rd December 2007. Websites for this event are: : http://www.carlostorre.org.mx/ or http://www.idey.gob.mx/ct2008.htm

Russian Championship Superfinals

The Russian Chess Championship Superfinals takes place from December 17th-30th (Round 1 18th) 2007. Coverage is at http://www.chesscenter.com/twic/twic.html and at http://www.russiachess.org/ .

Anand and Kramnik to fight for World Chess Title

GM Viswanathan Anand will defend his World chess title against GM Vladimir Kramnik in Bonn, Germany from October 11th–30th 2008. The match will consist of twelve games, played under classical time controls, in the period from October 11 to October 28, 2008. If there is a tie at the end of these games a tiebreak will be played on October 30, 2008. The prize fund, which will be split equally between the players, is 1,5 million Euro (approximately 2,1 million US Dollars) including taxes and FIDE licensee fees.The official website for this event is: http://www.uep-worldchess.com/

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Welcome to my blog

I had to start another blog,due to the fact that the company who I had my blog with,decided not to continue with its service.So here I am back again, ready to bring you news from the world of chess and also from other aspects of life which I consider interesting.

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Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed



Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia



A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed



Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein



The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi



The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller



Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns



Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama



Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -



Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being



The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.