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Monday, December 29, 2008

FIDE Grand Prix Elist:Final crosstable

GM's Radjabov,Grischuk, and Jakovenko tied for first place at the Elista
Grand Prix Chess Tournament which concluded today, All finished with scores of 8/13
Finishing in fourth place was GM Gashimov with 7.5 points.
FIDE Grand Prix 2008

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
1 Radjabov,T 2751 +40 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 0 8.0/13 83.00
2 Jakovenko,D 2737 +55 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 8.0/13 83.00
3 Grischuk,A 2719 +75 ½ ½ * 0 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 8.0/13 83.00
4 Gashimov,V 2703 +64 ½ ½ 1 * 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 7.5/13
5 Leko,P 2747 -36 ½ ½ 0 1 * ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 6.5/13 84.50
6 Wang Yue 2736 -24 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 6.5/13 84.50
7 Mamedyarov 2731 -19 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 6.5/13 84.50
8 Bacrot,E 2705 +80 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 6.5/13 84.50
9 Kasimdzhanov2672 +44 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ 0 1 1 6.5/13 84.50
10 Cheparinov,I 2696 -8 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 * 0 1 1 1 6.0/13
11 Eljanov,P 2720 -61 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 * 1 ½ 1 5.5/13 85.50
12 Alekseev,Evy 2715 -56 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 0 * 1 ½ 5.5/13 85.50
13 Akopian,Vl 2679 -45 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 * ½ 5.0/13 86.00
14 Inarkiev,E 2669 -34 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ * 5.0/13 86.00

Average elo: 2712 <=> Category: 19
gm = 4.68 m = 2.08

Saturday, December 27, 2008

FIDE Grand Prix Elista

Three players are tied for first place with one round to go in this tournament. GM's Jakovenko, GM Radjavbov and GM Grischuk are all tied with 7.5 points. Here are the pairings for the last round of play. Grischuk has to be favoured to win as he has the white pieces in the final round while Jakovenko and Radjabov have to play the Black pieces:

Round 13 28 December 2008
Name Rtg Name Rtg
Gashimov Vugar 2703 - Kasimzhanov Rustam 2672
Eljanov Pavel 2720 - Inarkiev Ernesto 2669
Alexeev Evgeny 2715 - Jakovenko Dmitry 2737
Wang Yue 2736 - Leko Peter 2747
Akopian Vladimir 2679 - Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731
Grischuk Alexander2719 - Radjabov Teimour 2751
Cheparinov Ivan 2696 - Bacrot Etienne 2705

Topalov wins Pearl Spring Super GM tournament

GM Veselin Topalov scored 7 points in the ten-round Pearl Spring GM Chess tournament which was played in from December 10th - 22nd in Nanjing, China. Here is the final crosstable which I created using the Chessbase 10 program:

Pearl Spring 2008

1 2 3 4 5 6
1 Topalov,V 2791 +99 ** ½1 ½½ 11 ½1 ½½ 7.0/10
2 Aronian,L 2757 +27 ½0 ** ½½ ½½ 11 ½½ 5.5/10
3 Bu Xiangzhi 2714 +44 ½½ ½½ ** ½0 ½0 11 5.0/10
4 Svidler,P 2727 -5 00 ½½ ½1 ** ½½ 01 4.5/10
5 Ivanchuk,V 2786 -112 ½0 00 ½1 ½½ ** ½½ 4.0/10 52.00
6 Movsesian,S 2732 -47 ½½ ½½ 00 10 ½½ ** 4.0/10 52.00

Average elo: 2751 <=> Category: 21
gm = 3.00 m = 1.00


This tournament was a category 21 tournament which makes it one of the strongest chess tournaments of all time. Topalov performed at an elo of 2890. A "performance rating" is a hypothetical rating that would result from the games of a single event only. A performance rating for an event is calculated by taking (1) the rating of each player beaten and adding 400, (2) the rating of each player lost to and subtracting 400, (3) the rating of each player drawn, and (4) summing these figures and dividing by the number of games played.

FIDE Grand Prix Elista:Round results 4-12

Here are the results from rounds 4 and up:

Round 4 (December 17, 2008)

Radjabov, Teimour- Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ½-½ 25 B08 Pirc Defence
Grischuk, Alexander - Inarkiev, Ernesto ½-½ 22 D17 Slav Defence
Bacrot, Etienne - Lékó, Peter 1-0 31 B19 Caro Kann
Wang Yue - Eljanov, Pavel 1-0 75 D38 QGD Ragozin
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam - Alekseev, Evgeny 0-1 34 E58 Nimzo Indian
Cheparinov, Ivan - Jakovenko, Dmitry ½-½ 51 E06 Catalan
Akopian, Vladimir - Gashimov, Vugar ½-½ 34 C42 Petroff's

Round 5 (December 18, 2008)

Jakovenko, Dmitry - Bacrot, Etienne ½-½ 38 C67 Ruy Lopez
Gashimov, Vugar - Grischuk, Alexander 1-0 64 B97 Sicilian Najdorf
Lékó, Peter - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 49 B76 Sicilian Modern Dragon
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Kasimdzhanov, Rustam ½-½ 31 E21 Nimzo Indian 4.Nf3
Inarkiev, Ernesto - Cheparinov, Ivan 0-1 29 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Alekseev, Evgeny - Wang Yue ½-½ 68 B30 Sicilian Rossolimo
Eljanov, Pavel - Akopian, Vladimir ½-½ 25 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit

Round 6 (December 20, 2008)

Radjabov, Teimour - Jakovenko, Dmitry ½-½ 32 C42 Petroff's Defence

Grischuk, Alexander - Eljanov, Pavel 1-0 79 C67 Ruy Lopez

Bacrot, Etienne - Inarkiev, Ernesto ½-½ 38 C89 Ruy Lopez Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Lékó, Peter ½-½ 110 E12 Queens Indian
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam - Wang Yue ½-½ 37 D11 Slav Defence
Cheparinov, Ivan - Gashimov, Vugar ½-½ 68 C42 Petroff's Defence
Akopian, Vladimir - Alekseev, Evgeny 0-1 61 C95 Ruy Lopez

Round 7 (December 21, 2008)

Jakovenko, Dmitry - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ½-½ 57 D81 Gruenfeld Botvinnik

Gashimov, Vugar - Bacrot, Etienne ½-½ 31 B35 Sicilian Defence

Lékó, Peter - Kasimdzhanov, Rustam ½-½ 40 B90 Sicilian Najdorf
Wang Yue - Akopian, Vladimir ½-½ 46 D11 Slav Defence
Inarkiev, Ernesto- Radjabov, Teimour 1-0 62 B76 Sicilian Modern Dragon
Alekseev, Evgeny - Grischuk, Alexander 0-1 50 E60 King's Indian without Nc3

Eljanov, Pavel - Cheparinov, Ivan 1-0 125 D12 Slav Defence

Round 8 (December 22, 2008)

Radjabov, Teimour - Gashimov, Vugar ½-½ 24 E21 Nimzo Indian

Grischuk, Alexander - Wang Yue 1-0 37 D17 Slav Defence
Bacrot, Etienne - Eljanov, Pavel ½-½ 60 B33 Sicilian Sveshnikov

Lékó, Peter - Jakovenko, Dmitry ½-½ 49 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Inarkiev, Ernesto ½-½ 51 D10 Slav Defence
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam - Akopian, Vladimir 1-0 35 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Cheparinov, Ivan - Alekseev, Evgeny 1-0 35 C95 Ruy Lopez Breyer

Round 9 (December 23, 2008)
Jakovenko, Dmitry - Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 1-0 34 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation

Gashimov, Vugar - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 1-0 32 B63 Sicilian Rauzer

Wang Yue - Cheparinov, Ivan 1-0 39 E95 King's Indian Classical

Inarkiev, Ernesto - Lékó, Peter ½-½ 34 C89 Ruy Lopez Marshall

Alekseev, Evgeny - Bacrot, Etienne ½-½ 25 E10 Blumenfeld Counter Gambit

Akopian, Vladimir - Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ 33 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation

Eljanov, Pavel - Radjabov, Teimour 0-1 40 E99 King's Indian Classical

Round 10 (December 25, 2008)
Jakovenko, Dmitry - Inarkiev, Ernesto 1-0 58 D11 Slav Defence
Radjabov, Teimour - Alekseev, Evgeny 1-0 54 A13 Reti Opening
Bacrot, Etienne - Wang Yue ½-½ 47 D10 Slav Defence
Lékó, Peter - Gashimov, Vugar 1-0 57 C42 Petroff's Defence
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Eljanov, Pavel 1-0 41 D30 Queen's Gambit (without Nc3)
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam - Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ 32 D15 Slav Defence
Cheparinov, Ivan - Akopian, Vladimir 1-0 59 D18 Slav Defence

Round 11 (December 26, 2008)
Grischuk, Alexander - Cheparinov, Ivan ½-½ 66 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit

Gashimov, Vugar - Jakovenko, Dmitry ½-½ 55 B19 Caro Kann

Wang Yue - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 46 E92 King's Indian Classical

Inarkiev, Ernesto - Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 0-1 86 C92 Ruy Lopez Chigorin

Alekseev, Evgeny - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ½-½ 41 B31 Sicilian Rossolimo

Akopian, Vladimir - Bacrot, Etienne ½-½ 77 B31 Sicilian Rossolimo

Eljanov, Pavel - Lékó, Peter ½-½ 70 E15 Queens Indian


Round 12 (December 27, 2008)

Jakovenko, Dmitry - Eljanov, Pavel ½-½ 19 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed

Radjabov, Teimour - Akopian, Vladimir ½-½ 19 C45 Scotch Game

Bacrot, Etienne - Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ 14 D20 QGA

Lékó, Peter - Alekseev, Evgeny ½-½ 28 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin

Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Wang Yue ½-½ 35 D10 Slav Defence

Kasimdzhanov, Rustam - Cheparinov, Ivan 1-0 46 E92 King's Indian Classical

Inarkiev, Ernesto - Gashimov, Vugar ½-½ 31 C42 Petroff's Defence

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

FIDE Grand Prix Elista:Round 3 results

Here are the results from the first 3 rounds of play in the FIDE Grand Prix Event being played in Elista:

Round 1 14 December 2008

Name Rtg Result Name Rtg
Bacrot Etienne 2705 0.5-0.5 Kasimzhanov Rustam 2672
Radjabov Teimour 2751 0.5-0.5 Cheparinov Ivan 2696
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731 0.5-0.5 Grischuk Alexander 2719
Leko Peter 2747 0.5-0.5 Akopian Vladimir 2679
Jakovenko Dmitry 2737 1-0 Wang Yue 2736
Inarkiev Ernesto 2669 0.5-0.5 Alexeev Evgeny 2715
Gashimov Vugar 2703 1-0 Eljanov Pavel 2720

Round 2 15 December 2008

Name Rtg Result Name Rtg
Kasimzhanov Rustam 2672 0.5-0.5 Eljanov Pavel 2720
Alexeev Evgeny 2715 0.5-0.5 Gashimov Vugar 2703
Wang Yue 2736 0.5-0.5 Inarkiev Ernesto 2669
Akopian Vladimir 2679 0.5-0.5 Jakovenko Dmitry 2737
Grischuk Alexander 2719 1-0 Leko Peter 2747
Cheparinov Ivan 2696 0.5-0.5 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731
Bacrot Etienne 2705 0-1 Radjabov Teimour 2751

Round 3 16 December 2008

Name Rtg Result Name Rtg
Radjabov Teimour 2751 1-0 Kasimzhanov Rustam 2672
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731 0.5-0.5 Bacrot Etienne 2705
Leko Peter 2747 1-0 Cheparinov Ivan 2696
Jakovenko Dmitry 2737 0.5-0.5 Grischuk Alexander 2719
Inarkiev Ernesto 2669 0.5-0.5 Akopian Vladimir 2679
Gashimov Vugar 2703 0.5-0.5 Wang Yue 2736
Eljanov Pavel 2720 1-0 Alexeev Evgeny 2715



Here are the pairings for round 4:

Round 4 17 December 2008

Name Rtg Name Rtg
Kasimzhanov Rustam 2672 - Alexeev Evgeny 2715
Wang Yue 2736 - Eljanov Pavel 2720
Akopian Vladimir 2679 - Gashimov Vugar 2703
Grischuk Alexander 2719 - Inarkiev Ernesto 2669
Cheparinov Ivan 2696 - Jakovenko Dmitry 2737
Bacrot Etienne 2705 - Leko Peter 2747
Radjabov Teimour 2751 - Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731

Topalov and Xiangzhi lead at Pearl Spring Super GM

GM's Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria and Bu Xiangzhi of China share the lead after six rounds of the Pearl Spring Super GM Chess Tournament. In today's action, Topalov defeated Levin Aronian and Xiangzhi defeated Sergei Movsesian. In the other game in round 6, GM Peter Svidler and GM Vassily Ivanchuk drew their game in 39 moves. Here are the standings after 6 rounds of play:



The games from this tournament are available for download from http://www.chesscenter.com/twic/twic.html

Standings after 6 rounds:

Rating Score Performance rating
1-2. Topalov Veselin 2791 4.0 2870
1-2. Bu Xiangzhi 2714 4.0 2879

3. Aronian Levon 2757 3.0 2756

4-5. Ivanchuk Vassily 2786 2.5 2684
4-5. Movsesian Sergei 2732 2.5 2691

6. Svidler Peter 2727 2.0 2636

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Nadezhda Kosintseva wins the Russian Women's Championship

WGM/IM Nadezhda Kosintseva won the 2008 Russian Women's Chess Championship, which concluded in Moscow on December 14th. Kosintseva scored 6.5 points in the nine-round event, for a performance rating of 2593. Anastasia Bodnaruk finished second on a tie-break with Tatiana Kosintseva (Nadezhada's sister) both ended the event with identical scores of 5.5 points. Congratulations to Nadezhda!

FIDE Grand Prix Elista

The FIDE is holding an elite tournament in Elista for half of December (December 13th-29th). Some of the players who were invited to the invite decided to boycott this event. These players, members of the Association of Chess Professionals, have stated that they are upset with the fact that the FIDE imposed changes in the World Chess Championship cycle, which are not fair to the players. I believe that the players are right in this case, and unfortunately it is going to affect the financial status of the players who decided to withdraw from the Grand Prix. According to a letter released by the ACP, "the ACP therefore suggests that FIDE regularly consults with top players on all essential questions such as the World Championship."

The ACP issued a press release to the media. To read it go to: http://www.chesscenter.com/twic/acpgp161208.html

Israeli International Chess Tournament

GM Boris Avrukh won the Israeli International Chess Championship, on a tie-break over GMs Ilia Smirin, Victor Mikhalevski and Maxim Rodstein. All of these players had finished the event with identical scores of 6.5 points. I believe it is wrong to determine the winner of such a prestigious event using tie-breaks. However what is a fair way to decide the winner? Surely not using an Armageddon playoff which was used to decide last year's US Women's Chess Champion. In case you haven't seen what happened in last year's US Women's Chess Championship watch this video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNQjXHjRkNQ

Final Scores at the Israeli International Chess Tournament:

*34th ch-ISR Haifa * (ISR), 1-12 xii 2008
1-4 Avrukh, Boris 2657 2720 6.5 48.5
Smirin, Ilia 2649 2657 6.5 48.0
Mikhalevski, Victor 2602 2609 6.5 44.5
Rodshtein, Maxim 2609 2610 6.5 44.0
5-7 Huzman, Alexander 2590 2594 6 44.5
Bykhovsky, Anatoly 2447 2490 6 44.5
Lerner, Konstantin 2542 2573 6 42.5
8-11 Postny, Evgeny 2674 2682 5.5 48.5
Vydeslaver, Alik 2399 2421 5.5 47.0
Nabaty, Tamir 2456 2482 5.5 43.0
Klenburg, Mikhail 2403 2406 5.5 42.0
12-16 Golod, Vitaly 2584 2590 5 48.5
Baron, Tal 2299 2367 5 45.0
Greenfeld, Alon 2560 2561 5 42.0
Tseitlin, Mark 2437 2427 5 41.5
Raznikov, Danny 2251 2366 5 38.0

source:The Week in Chess 736

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

2008 Pearl Spring Chess Tournament

The Pearl Spring Chess Tournament is about to start in Nanjing, China. The tournament will be held from December 10th-22nd and features a total prize fund as high as €250,000 with a 1st place prize of €80,000!! Players participating the event are: Veselin Topalov from Bulgaria (Elo rating 2791, ranked first in the world); Vassily Ivanchuk from Ukraine (Elo rating 2786, raked third in the world); Levon Aronian from Armenia (Elo rating 2757, ranked seventh in the world); Sergei Movsesian from Slovakia (Elo rating 2732, ranked thirteenth in the world); Peter Svidler from Russia (Elo rating 2727, ranked seventeenth in the world); Bu Xiangzhi from China (Elo rating 2714, ranked twenty-sixth in the world). The official tournament website is:
http://www.chess-pearlspring.com/

Dresden Chess Olympiad:Final Standings

The Chess Olympiad took place in Dresden Germany from November12th-25th 2008. Armenia once again showed its power in Men's chess by retaining its title from the last Olympiad. Here are the top-placing teams in the Men's event:

Rg. Team
1 Armenia ARM
2 Israel ISR
3 United States of America USA
4 Ukraine UKR
5 Russia RUS
6 Azerbaijan AZE
7 China CHN
8 Hungary HUN
9 Vietnam VIE
10 Spain ESP 11
11 Georgia GEO

Well at least one team from the Western World, was near the top at the end: the USA team although none of the players on the Mens' team were born in the US: Kamsky,Nakamra,Onischuk,Shulman,and Akopian were all born outside the US. The Canadian Men's Chess Olympiad team finished in 27th place (after tie-breaks).With a better tie-break the Men's team could have finished as high as 18th place.Here are some statistics relating to the Men's Olympiad team for this Olympiad:

27. Canada
Bo. Name Rtg Pts. Games Rp
1 GM Bluvshtein Mark 2557 5 9 2429
2 GM Charbonneau Pas.2499 6 9 2500
3 IM Zugic Igor 2457 7 10 2395
4 IM Roussel-Roozmon Thomas 6 8 2366
2486
5 IM Noritsyn Nikolay 2372 6 8 2413

So, only two members of the team performed at or above their rating for this tournament, Charbonneau performed at an elo of 2500 (his elo entering the event was 2499), and Noritsyn performed at an elo of 2413 (his elo entering this event was 2372).
Here are the players in the Men's Olympiad who had the highest rating performances:

The best players sorted according Rp,Pts,games,%,board (Final Ranking after 11 Rounds)
No. Name Rtg Team Rp Pts.Games % Board played.
1 GM Sargissian Gabriel 2642 Armenia 2869 9.0 11 81.8 3
2 GM Leko Peter 2747 Hungary 2834 7.5 10 75.0 1
3 GM Gelfand Boris 2719 Israel 2833 7,5 10 75.0 1
4 GM Topalov Veselin 2791 Bulgaria 2821 6.5 8 81.3 1
5 GM Akopian Vladimir 2679 Armenia 2813 8.0 11 72.7 2
6 GM Vallejo Pons F. 2664 Spain 2807 9.0 11 81.8 2
7 GM Movsesian Sergei 2732 Slovakia 2794 7.0 9 77.8 1
8 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2737 Russia 2794 7.0 9 77.8 5
9 GM Blagojevic Dragisa 2522 Montenegro 2792 8.0 9 88.9 4
10 GM Delchev Aleksander 2632 Bulgaria 2788 8.0 9 88.9 4

In the Women's event,the team from the Republic of Georgia won the event (winning on a tie-break over the Ukraine):

Final Ranking after 11 Rounds
1 Georgia
2 Ukraine
3 United States of America
4 Russia
5 Poland
6 Armenia
7 Serbia
8 China
9 Israel
10 Belarus
11 Romania
12 Italy

Again as in the Men's event, all of the players representing the United States in the Women's Chess Olympiad were born outside of the USA. The Canadian Women's Olympiad team finished in 65th place (the team's ranking entering the event was 53rd.) With a better tie-break the Canadian Women's team could have finished as high as 63rd place. Here are some statistics relating to the Women's team and their performance at the Dresden, Olympiad:

65. Canada
Bo. Name Rg Points Games Rp
1 WIM Khoudgarian Natalia 2149 3.5 9 2049
2 WFM Yuan Yuanling 2157 6.5 10 2180
3 WFM Kagramanov Dina 2118 5.5 9 2018
4 WFM Smith Hazel 2057 3.5 8 1833
5 Barron Irina 2071 5.0 8 1928

The above statistics indicate that all of the members of the Canadian Women's team underperformed in the Dresden Olympiad (Rp refers to the Rating performance of a player in a tournament, which is based upon the number of wins,losses and draws the player has, as well as the rating of the opponents a player plays in an event).

Here are the best performances in the Women's Chess Olympiad:

No. Name Rtg Team Rp Pts. Games % Board played.
1 GM Chiburdanidze Maia 2489 Georgia 2715 7.5 9 83.3 1
2 WIM Majdan Joanna 2284 Poland 2621 9.5 11 86.4 4
3 IM Fierro Baquero M. 2361 Ecuador 2613 7.5 8 93.8 1
4 IM Kosintseva Nadezhda 2468 Russia 2591 8.5 10 85.0 3
5 IM Zatonskih Anna 2440 USA 2571 8.0 10 80.0 2
6 IM Khukhashvili S. 2409 Georgia 2564 6.0 7 85.7 5
7 WGM Hou Yifan 2578 China 2563 7.5 11 68.2 1
8 IM Socko Monika 2434 Poland 2563 6.5 10 65.2 1
9 WGM Zhukova Natalia 2488 Ukraine 2553 7.0 10 70.0 2
10 IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2443 Armenia 2549 8.0 11 72.7 2

Chess is definitely one of the most difficult games to become good at, and these ratings show how talented and hard-working the top players in the World are. To score 8 points in 11 games (as Lilith Mkrtchian did for example in this event and "only" finish in 10th place among all players shows how difficult it is to get a high rating in chess).

These statistics were taken from: http://chessresults.com

Israeli International Chess Tournament

The Israeli International Chess Tournament is being held in Haifa from November 30-December 12,2008. This is a category 15 event, with 10 Grandmasters participating
(listed by rating):Roiz, Michael ISR 2659,Moiseenko, Alexander UKR 2643, Avrukh, Boris ISR 2628,Postny, Evgeny ISR 2627,Macieja, Bartlomiej POL 2617,Smirin, Ilia ISR 2616
Rodshtein, Maxim ISR 2614,Gyimesi, Zoltan HUN 2605,Khenkin, Igor GER 2602,
Kogan, Artur ISR 2591

A disturbing tendency in chess is occurring. Tournaments are now being broadcast at 3rd party websites, which require a person download a program in order to watch the games live.What happened to live broadcasting from tournament websites? For example, the Israeli International Chess Tournament can only be watched live by going to PlayE4.com and using their program. It is great that the administrators of PlayE4.com have created a PGN file of each round of the Israeli International Chess Tournament, so a person can play through the games using his or her own computer and chess program. Thank you PlayE4.com

Ivanchuk wins at Benidorm

GM Vasily Ivanchuk of the Ukraine captured first place at the VII Festival Internacional de Ajedrez chess tournament which was played in in Benidorm, Spain.

VII Stars Benidorm (ESP), 5-8 xii 2008 cat. XIII (2564)
1. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2786 8 2760
2. Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2726 7½ 2725
3. Tiviakov, Sergei g NED 2686 5½ 2576
4. Lahno, Kateryna g UKR 2488 4 2507
5. Vila Gazquez, Xavier m ESP 2422 3 2443
6. Vega Gutierrez, Sabrina wg ESP 2278 2 2381

This tournament was part of a large chess festival in Benidorm.It was 10 rounds in duration, and the time control was 90 minutes/game + 30 seconds/move.

For more information go to:http://www.chessbenidorm.com/

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The modern chess engine

Computer programmers have to be admired.They have been able to create programs which add to our enjoyment and happiness of life. Even now, new programs are able to defeat the best chess players, and best checker players in the world. Some programmers are even testing their poker programs against the top poker players in the world, to see if these programs can be written and learn from their mistakes (like some chess programs can do). For the average chess player, these new chess programs are a great benefit. They can be set on an analysis mode, so that the player can analyze where the good moves and the bad moves were played. A sample of the features of a chess analysis program,such as the one found in chessbase products such as Fritz is now found here on my website by playing through the game between Tal and Alburt by going to this link:
http://www.chessdiscussion.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1293 I analyzed this game using the chess analysis component of Deep Hiarcs.

Monday, December 1, 2008

I thought Canada was a democratic country?

As I come back to my blog, I am deeply saddened by the political events which have occurred in Canada in the last few days. As far as I am concerned, today, December 1,2008 will always be remembered by me, and all Canadians as a day of infamy for Canada. I say this due to the secret negotiations which went on in Canada's parliament between the leaders of the Federal Liberal Party, the National Democratic Party and the Party Quebecois. In an event unprecedented in Canadian history, the leaders of these three parties agreed to rule Canada as a coalition, if the ruling Conservative Party of Canada minority Government is defeated in a non-confidence motion in Parliament.

It is interesting to remember that Stephane Dion was urging New Democrats to vote Liberal to 'stop Harper, before the last Federal election. Yet, more than once this campaign, the Liberal leader has claimed that he would not co-operate with the NDP in the House of Commons to stop Harper. (I guess the fact that Dion has co-operated with the NDP to possibly form a coalition government, which would rule Canada, if Harper's Government is defeated in a non-confidence vote in Parliament, says it all about Dion!!) Where are your morals Mr. Dion? Why did a press person in your party respond to an email I sent your party, by saying that what happened to today in Canada would not happen?

Ironically, Dion forced the members of his own caucus to abstain from many votes during the last parliament, and this permitted Harper do whatever he wanted. So in reality, it was because the Liberals did not act in the best interests of Canadians, that Harper got away with what he wanted to, and this lead to the problems in Canada. And now, if the PC's are kicked out as ruling Federal party of Canada, it will be Dion who is rewarded for allowing Harper to do what he wanted, and it is Dion and Harper who hurt Canadians and all of Canada!!

And what say to Canadians have in this matter? None. Why should we be forced to accept such an unbelievably obvious bloodless coup of the ruling Federal Tories? The ruling parties, their leaders and their policies are supposed to reflect the interests of the majority of the Canadian population. I do not believe for one minute that the majority of Canadians are interested in another Federal Government lead by the Liberal Party of Canada.

And what about Bob Rae? Rae at one time was the leader of the Ontario Democratic Party of Canada (NDP), and yet today he announced:

"he has officially entered the race to replace Liberal Leader Stephane Dion.
The Toronto MP and former Ontario NDP premier filed his nomination papers with the party early Monday." (source: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/indepth/id_liberals/s/capress/081201/national/liberal_leadership_5)

All of these actions of course simply reinforce the belief among those of us interested in following the political systems of the world, that politicans can not be trusted to listen to the people who voted them into office.

Can Canadians trust Dion? I certainly can't after all the truth about him is very revealing:

"Dion was involved with the sovereignty movement, (a political movement aimed at attaining independent statehood (sovereignty) for the Canadian province of Quebec),
first as a teenager attending a Jesuit college in Quebec City,[7], and later as a university student campaigning for Parti Québécois candidate Louise Beaudoin in the 1976 election." (source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St%C3%A9phane_Dion).
Dion had a prominent role within the Chrétien administration at the time of the sponsorship scandal, and his position as "National Unity" minister (an unofficial term for the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs) made him a figure of particular interest to the subsequent Commission of Inquiry into the Sponsorship Program and Advertising Activities (the Gomery Commission). He stated before the Gomery Commission that although in mid-2001 he was aware of the disproportionately large percentage of sponsorship funds going to Quebec, he was never directly involved in the administration of the program.(source: Gomery, John H. (January 25, 2005). "Volume 62" (not available), Commission of Inquiry into the Sponsorship Program and Advertising Activities, pp. 10897-10909. Retrieved on 3 December 2006.)

Politicans have too much say and influence in our world. The fact that Bay Street stocks incurred an awful beating today, despite the news that the Canadian economy had posted its strongest growth in a year, supports this claim I just made.It was due to the irresponsible and selfish actions of the three party leaders that the stock market crashed today. In regards to Canada's present Federal politicans, I will let this expert's comments stand as judgement against them:

""The more time Canada's leaders spend arguing over the reins of power, the less energy and time is expended on finding workable solutions to the global economic crisis at hand," warned Mark Frey, vice-president foreign exchange trading at Custom House, a Victoria-based international payments firm." (source:http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=1018151)

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I will let some the perceptions of some famous people concerning politicans (some of them politicans themselves) end this entry to my blog:

“A politician will do anything to keep his job - even become a patriot.”-
William Randolph

“There is one sure way of telling when politicians aren't telling the truth - their lips move.”- Felicity Kendall

“Politicians are a set of men who have interests aside from the interests of the people and who, to say the most of them, are, taken as a mass, at least one long step removed from honest men.”- Abraham Lincoln

"All of us who are concerned for peace and triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field." ~Albert Einstein

"Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber." ~Plato

And of course the most relevent quote of all: "Absolute Power corrupts absolutely"-John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton.

In the wrong hands, power can be a very dangerous tool."So what exactly does corrupt mean to us? Simply, corrupt means to move from good morals to bad moral. Sometimes, corrupt people don't understand right from wrong. If they do, they choose to do morally wrong behavior anyway. (source:http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/272722/power_corrupts_does_absolute_power.html?page=2&cat=75)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Chess Olympiad:Standings after 4 rounds

In the Men's competition after 4 rounds, the German #1 team and the Russia team lead with perfect scores of 4-0. The teams of Armenia,Hungary,Norway,Azerbaijan, England, Ukraine and the Netherlands have scores of 3-1. In the Women's event, China, and Poland lead the event with scores of 4-0. Russia,Hungary, Georgia, India have scores of 3-1.

$935,000 U.S. not transferred to FIDE for Kamsky-Topalov match

According to a letter from GM Gata Kamsky's manager, Oleksandr Chernenko, $935,000 failed to be transferred to the FIDE because, the " FIDE did not present the necessary contracts beforehand: for the match Kamsky-Topalov and for match Anand-Kramnik. Cherneko also states, "I see only one way out: conditional transfer. As soon as the contracts will be looked through, and as soon as the contract will be acceptable for everybody (Topalov, Kamsky, FIDE) and will be signed, only after that the money will be lodged to FIDE accountI will be present at the FIDE Congress as the Manager of GM Gata Kamsky and as a sponsor also. I think we will find a solution to the main issue, and the match will definitely take place. I still hope that will happen in Ukraine (city Lviv). The time that is proposed by the Bulgarian Chess Federation is acceptable." Source:http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=5015

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Today is Remembrance Day in Canada

On this November 11th, Remembrance Day in Canada, I would like to thank all the brave women and men in Armed Forces positions, who have dedicated their lives to keeping those of us in Canada safe from tyranny.I hope that the situations in which all military personal of our county and its allies are presently in, involving physical conflict, can be resolved as quickly as possible,so that the brave women and men fighting in these conflicts can return home to their loved ones.

Today, November 11,2008, marks the 90th anniversary of World War One armistice. Having recently read a book about the armistice, authored by Margaret McMillan , entitled "Paris 1919", I am even more aware of the debt that Canadians owe to our armed forces personnel in all the wars in which Canadians have been involved. As Margaret McMillan states in her book,

"The peacemakers of 1919 made mistakes, of course.By their offhand treatment of the non-European world,they stirred up resentments for which the West is still paying today....When war came in 1939, it was a result of twenty years of decisions taken or not taken, not on arrangements made in 1919. ....The peacemakers, ...had to deal with reality, not with what might have been.They grappled with huge and difficult questions.How can the irrational passions of nationalism or religion be contained before they do more damage? How can we outlaw war? We are still asking these questions." (Margaret MacMillan, "Paris 1991", 2003 Random House.)

Answers to these questions must somehow, some way be found, if Humans are to continue to be able to live on our planet. Nations must put aside their grievances with each other, and the political and military leaders of our World, must be made to realize, en masse, that the populations of our World's countries are tired of wars and conflict. Wars solve nothing, and only lead to more conflict and more war. Only if an alternative to war and conflict is found, can Humans and all life forms on our planet, have a future on this planet. Writers at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_peace in an article concerning world peace, suggest that the idea of total peace in our World is a "utopian" ideal. In contrast, members of the World Peace Newsletter, assert that:

"Peace, like reading, writing, mathematics, drawing, emotional intelligence and enlightenment ("understanding/comprehension/compassion/meditation/intuition"), are learned skills that improve our knowledge, maturity, health, happiness and longevity. Peace is probably the most important lesson we should learn during our lives and the sooner the better. The advent of the world wide web may just provide the boost in knowledge humankind has been waiting for. Improved communication may be the difference between extiction and survival. Through knowledge, Peace will evolve. Knowledge is power. Knowledge combined with enlightenment leads to wisdom. Wisdom is Peace!
Be the change you wish to see in the world.Peace starts from within! A change in perception leads to a change in attitude, which leads to a change in behavior, which leads to a change in the world! "
Life's what you make it. (source:http://www.worldpeacenewsletter.com/).

I believe those members of the World Peace Newsletter have a very good understanding of human behavior. The way in which we humans perceive the world, can change. It can change in spite of all the horror, violence, and negativity which we are exposed to in the news media. Today in Canada, I hope that people turn off their televisions and avoid watching the news, and see how they feel by doing so. The media in this world are out of control and if we all see this fact, and we do something about it (by deciding to avoid listening to the news any longer, or at least until the format of news broadcasts changes, from one of negativity, or sensationalism relating to violence and destruction to one of positive news broadcasts with positive stories about the world. We can change our perception of news we read, by simply making a decision to avoid reading stories which are about violence in our world. We can write the owners of newspapers and television stations and demand that changes to these media occur, so that fewer stories about war, violence and negativity are shown. We can tell these business people,that we will not be reading their newspapers or magazines and we will not be watching television stations which play shows or news broadcasts with violence in them. The peace-loving citizens of this world must take action, , to change the perceptions of the political leaders in this world, if we are to survive as a species, and if we are not to cause (as a species) the total eradication of all life on this planet.

Peace, like war, is a choice. And of peace is a choice, then we must make the politicians of the world adopt this philosophy.


"Canada's military budget for 2008 was $18.2 billion. It's projected to reach $19 billion next year. In the 2008 budget, the government pledged to increase military spending by two per cent a year for 20 years, starting in 2011, which would add an additional $12 billion over those 20 years." (source:http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/cdnmilitary/). The fact that our Government has pledged to increase its expenditure on the military,in the coming years, is such an awful sign of the current state of our World. Unless humans begin to put aside our differences in political and religious ideology , and begin to work together, our species will not survive on this planet. I urge those of you who want the world to survive, to write to the political leaders of your country (you would be surprised how accessiable they are using email or Government websites) and demand these budgets be lowered, and demand that these elected leaders focus on bringing peace to the world, not peace-keeping.

38th Chess Olympiad in Dresden about to begin

The 38th edition of the Chess Olympiad is almost ready to take off. The Olympiad begins this Wednesday in Dresden, Germany. The event runs from November 13th-25th (11 rounds of play), with many of the World's best chess players participating. The Chess Olympiad is a team event, this year's event has a record 152 countries sending teams. There are a total of 275 teams, 156 in the main tournament, including a second German team, teams for the deaf, blind, and correspondence chess players. In the Women's sections there are 119 teams. It is not surprising to learn from the chessbase.com website that as a sporting event, this year's Chess Olympiad has the second largest number of participating nations worldwide (after the Summer Olympics).

This year's Chess Olympiad can be viewed online on the special TV channel set up by the organisers, where matches, highlights, interviews and portraits will be shown 24 hours a day. To download the player which enables you to view this TV channel, go to:

http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=5010.

The official website for the Chess Olympiad is: http://www.dresden2008.de. For those who prefer an English version of the site go to: http://www.dresden2008.de/site/en/main.htm

Good luck to all the players in the event, lets hope that exciting chess is going to be played.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Is anyone honest anymore...especially on the internet?

The internet can be a very dangerous place, as an awful set of circumstances from the United States indicates.

Why am I bringing this up for? Because of this incident which I will soon discuss in this blog entry,an incident which happened in the United States, and which lead to
the death by suicide by one user of the internet.Another person has been implicated in the other person's suicide. Here are some of the facts about this incident:


"LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Prosecutors in the trial of a woman accused of a MySpace hoax that allegedly led a 13-year-old girl to kill herself will likely be prohibited from presenting evidence of the suicide, a federal judge said Monday.
Megan Meier, 13, hanged herself in her bedroom after being targeted in a MySpace hoax.

Megan Meier, 13, hanged herself in her bedroom after being targeted in a MySpace hoax.

U.S. District Judge George H. Wu told attorneys he was leaning toward excluding the evidence from the trial of Lori Drew, who is accused of using a fictitious profile on the social networking site to drive Megan Meier, her daughter's former friend, to hang herself.

Drew has pleaded not guilty to one count of conspiracy and three counts of accessing computers without authorization.

"I don't necessarily think the suicide is relevant to the crime charged," Wu said, adding he thought details of Meier's death would unfairly prejudice the jury. He said he planned to announce his final decision Friday."
(source:http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/11/10/internet.bullying.trial.ap/index.html)

Why is this judge not being forced by the laws of the United States, to disclose the reasons why he feels that the girl's suicide is not relevant to the crime which this Woman is charged with committing against her?

According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megan_Meier:

"Soon after opening an account on MySpace, Meier received a message from someone claiming to be a 16-year-old boy called "Josh Evans" and Megan and "Josh" soon became online friends, but never met in person or spoke. Meier thought "he" was attractive.[13] Meier began to exchange messages with this person, and was described by family as having had her "spirits lifted".This person claimed to have just moved to the nearby city of O'Fallon, was home schooled, and did not yet have a phone number."

These just-mentioned "facts" about what Lori Drew, send us all a message about some of the "users" of the internet.Anyone who would not be honest about her true gender, and name, is someone who should be avoided. However, how is it possible for honest, and truthful users of the internet to avoid at least some contact with these "other" users who chose to misrepresent their identities (including their own gender), in order to cause serious problems for legitimate users of the internet?
To my way of thinking, this is where laws must be changed in this world. If someone deliberately choses to misrepresent who she is on the internet, then she has to be held accountable, when behaviors which she deliberately choses, and which result
from her misrepresentation, end up causing another user of the internet to be criminally harrassed or injured. According to other news reports about Lori Drew,
she knew exactly what she was doing in regards to her involvement with Megan Meier

"She Even Told Her Hairdresser
Feds: MySpace hoaxer let friends know about plot against late teen

SEPTEMBER 23--The Missouri woman charged with orchestrating a cruel online hoax that led to the suicide of a teenage girl was once so pleased with her prank that she shared details of the ongoing scheme with her hairdresser and other acquaintances, according to prosecutors. During conversations with several individuals, Lori Drew explained how she and others were "playing a joke on" Megan Meier, a 13-year-girl who was a rival of Drew's daughter."

In a court filing yesterday, prosecutors revealed how Drew spoke of the hoax as it was underway, and "denied any untoward purpose and dismissed concerns over her 'prank." An excerpt of the September 22 document can be found below. While Drew appeared proud of her MySpace gambit while it was active, after Meier's suicide she sought to cover her tracks and mask her involvement in the plot. When questioned by FBI agents, Drew said that while she knew of the MySpace hoax, she was not involved in the creation of the phony "Josh Evans" account. Additionally, when agents surreptitiously recorded a conversation between Drew and Meier's mother, Drew "again disclaimed involvement in the scheme." (source:http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2008/0923081drew1.html)


The fact that "Lori Drew knew that the victim was known to be suicidal in the past"
(source:http://jonathanturley.org/2007/11/19/megan-meier-case-a-test-case-for-the-crime-of-internet-annoyance/)" and yet she persisted in her behavior towards Megan, is further evidence of how tragic interacting with other people on the internet can be. Sadly, this kind of harrassment happens too often on the internet. It must be argued that the Internet can also be a wonderful place to meet people (if everyone involved in the interaction is being honest and truthful to each other about themselves. Just look at how many people have become married due to meeting another person of the opposite (or same-sex) as themselves online. It is these positive aspects of the Internet, which should be focused upon by the media, and by users of the internet, otherwise why bother to have an internet at all?


According to the St Charles Journal, Lori Drew's trial has been postponed from July 29 until Tuesday, October 7. Drew pleaded not guilty on June 16th to charges of internet fraud and conspiracy to inflict emotional distress. Drew also consented to a ban on all internet access or possession of devices with internet access as well as agreeing not to apply form a passport. Charges stem from a MySpace hoax that is believed to have led to the suicide of 13-year old Megan Mieir and has brought national attention to the issue of cyberbullying. Drew is currently free on a $20,000 bond.
(source:http://laist.com/2008/07/14/lori_drews_trial_rescheduled.php)

According to the website, http://www.tradingmarkets.com, the trial of Lori Drew has been postponed for a second time:

"Oct 06, 2008 (St. Louis Post-Dispatch - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- NWS | Quote | Chart | News | PowerRating -- The criminal case against Lori Drew, accused of helping to cyber-bully a St. Louis area teen who then killed herself, appears to be headed for a November trial date, court documents filed Monday suggest.

Drew's trial, originally scheduled for Oct. 7, was postponed Sept. 23 after U.S. District Judge George Wu raised new questions about the legal underpinnings of the case.

Drew's lawyer had challenged the law being used by federal prosecutors in Los Angeles -- the first time that the law has been used to address cyber-bullying.

Prosecutors said Drew and others broke the law and violated MySpace's terms of service when they schemed in 2006 to humiliate Megan Meier, 13, a neighbor in Dardenne Prairie, using a fake teenage boy's identity on the social networking site.

Wu asked additional questions about the case at the Sept. 23 hearing.

In documents filed Monday to address Wu's concerns, federal prosecutors in Los Angeles indicated that both sides would soon file documents suggesting a new trial date of Nov. 18.

Drew's lawyer, H. Dean Steward, will also have an opportunity to weigh in before Wu makes his decision." (source:http://www.tradingmarkets.com/.site/news/Stock%20News/1924658/)


Part of an article written by Lauren Collins about this awful situation,which speaks volumes about Lori Drew can be read online. A key statement by Collins about this entire situation is:

"Lori Drew has shown little remorse, contending, through a lawyer, that she is the undeserving victim of an “avalanche of criticism.”

(source: "http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/01/21/080121fa_fact_collins?currentPage=5)

Underserving? Victim? Right Lori, if you say so! <:(

MySpace's involvment in this entire set of circumstances is also going to be a key aspect of this case:

"Unlike Facebook, MySpace does not require its users to identify themselves with a first and a last name, so there is little illusion, even, that a profile possesses any direct correspondence to a flesh-and-blood individual. At thirteen, Megan was technically too young to have an account—users are required to be at least fourteen—but MySpace has not instituted any effective means of enforcing its age restrictions." (source:http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/01/21/080121fa_fact_collins?currentPage=3). We have a situation where someone who was not old enough to have an account at a website, got one, and then later committed suicide, due to what happened at the website she was a member of. Is MySpace forced to take responsibility for what happened in this tragic siuation, or should they be able to get out of their obligations, because Megan Meier was on MySpace, despite being underaged? If Megan Meier was able to access MySpace because no "formal" check regarding her real age had been made by any person at MySpace, then what does this mean from a legal standpoint regarding the death of Megan Meier?

According to this information at the MySpace main page:

"MySpace reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to reject, refuse to post or remove any posting (including private messages) by you, or to deny, restrict, suspend, or terminate your access to all or any part of the MySpace Services at any time, for any or no reason, with or without prior notice or explanation, and without liability. MySpace expressly reserves the right to remove your profile and/or deny, restrict, suspend, or terminate your access to all or any part of the MySpace Services if MySpace determines, in its sole discretion, that you have violated this Agreement or pose a threat to MySpace and/or its Users and/or violating any applicable law."

This last paragraph brings up another disgusting aspect of this case. It is evident that some MySpace users were aware of the abuse that Megan Meier was experiencing online, and even were involved in abusing Megan yet not one of these users was willing to inform MySpace adminstrators that this abuse was occurring, nor have any been charged or prevented from using MySpace according to my investigation using the google search engine.

I found other facts about the behavior of Lori Drew and Megan Meier in this report:

"A Los Angeles federal grand jury has indicted a woman for her alleged role in a MySpace online hoax played on a 13-year-old girl who later committed suicide.

Lori Drew of St Louis, Missouri was indicted on Thursday on one count of conspiracy and three counts of accessing protected computers without authorisation to obtain information to inflict emotional distress.

Each of the four counts carries a maximum possible penalty of five years in prison.

Drew allegedly helped create a fake MySpace account to contact neighbour Megan Meier who thought she was chatting with a 16-year-old boy named Josh Evans.

At the time of the incident, the Drews and the Meiers lived four doors apart in Waterford Crystal Drive, in the town of Dardenne Prairie. The Drew's teenage daughter and Megan were friends.

The online relationship between "Josh" and Megan bloomed for several weeks before the tone suddenly changed.

On October 15, 2006, Josh sent Megan a message saying, 'I don't want to be friends with you anymore because you're not nice to your friends'.

That post triggered a flood of hate posts from other users.

"All of Josh's friends and all of Megan's friends were calling Megan a whore, a fat ass. Calling her all kinds of god awful names," Megan's mother,Tina, told the ABC network in an interview last year.

Meier hanged herself on the evening of October 16, 2006 after receiving cruel messages, including the last message sent from Josh which read: "the world would be a better place without you, and have a s**t rest of your life."

After that, Josh's profile vanished from MySpace.

It wasn't until several weeks after Megan's death that the Meiers discovered Drew's involvement in the fake MySpace profile.

Drew, who was 48 at the time of the incident, has denied creating the account and sending messages to Megan.

She claimed through her lawyers that she did not instigate the Josh Evans profile, nor did she use the fake profile to communicate with Megan. While she knew about the ruse, the lawyer said, she was apparently unaware that the Josh profile had been used to attack her neighbour's daughter.

She claims the profile was the work of her teenage daughter and a teenage employee called Ashley Grills.

Last month, Grills, now 19, went on national TV saying that while she was responsible for setting up the fake Josh profile, Lori Drew and her daughter were also involved in the cruel hoax.

Grills also said she wrote the message to Megan about the world being a better place without her. The message was supposed to end the online relationship with "Josh" because Grills felt the joke had gone too far.

"I was trying to get her angry so she would leave him alone and I could get rid of the whole MySpace," Grills said.

Authorities in Missouri investigated Megan's death but failed to charge Drew after they were unable to find a law that she had broken.

The charges being laid by federal prosecutors allege that Drew defrauded MySpace by helping set up a bogus profile,

US Attorney Thomas P. O'Brien said this was the first time the federal statute on accessing protected computers has been used in a social-networking case. It has been used in the past to address hacking.

"This was a tragedy that did not have to happen," O'Brien said.

Both the girl and MySpace are named as victims in the case, he said.

Drew will be arraigned in St. Louis and then moved to Los Angeles for trial."
(source:http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2008/05/16/1210765091402.html)

What is really troubling to me and others about this entire circumstance is revealed in these "truths" about Lori Drew's behavior during her interaction with Megan Meier:

"Lori Drew had told a neighbourhood girl about the hoax, and the girl's mother, who asked for anonymity, said that "Lori laughed about it", adding that she would "mess with Megan". Soon after Josh insulted and turned on Megan, she killed herself."
(source:http://www.smh.com.au/news/web/how-lori-drew-became-americas-most-reviled-mother/2007/11/30/1196394672124.html)

The final word (for now) on Lori Drew comes from the owner of the "People You'll see in Hell" website, who states:

"Also interesting is that Lori Drew mentioned to the officers that the communication had turned sexual.

If that’s the case, did Lori Drew - a woman in her 40’s - admit on a police report to manipulating a 13-year-old girl into a sexual conversation?

If so, Lori Drew could be considered as something of a sexual predator, as she used the anonymity of the internet to lure Megan Meier into what could be viewed as a sexual relationship. After all, many, many people have been arrested for grooming children for a sexual encounter." (source:http://pysih.com/2007/11/19/lori-drew/)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Kamsky-Topalov match possibly to be held in Bulgaria?

According to an article posted at the http://www.chessbase.com website, the match between American GM Gata Kamsky and Bulgarian GM Vesalin Topalov might be held in Bulgaria. How can the FIDE really believe that Kamsky will agree to this match condition??? The last time something like this happened in chess was when Xie Jun and Alisa Gallimova were to play all of the games of their Women's World Chess Championship in China. Needless to say,Russian officials did not allow the match to take place...Gallimova sat at home, while Jun sat through an hour of the first game by herself at the board, after which time Gallimova forfeit the match.

You think the FIDE would learn from its serious mistakes of judgment in decisions related to chess, for instance, by choosing a "neutral" place to play a match, however, despite a new FIDE president, this "learning" has not taken place.

To read the press release relating to this situation go to:
http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=5000

The next time you want to go to a doctor......

remember the content of this news article before you decide to go:

Half of U.S. doctors say they use placebo treatments

About half of American doctors in a new survey say they regularly give patients placebo treatments – usually drugs or vitamins that won't really help their condition.

And many of these doctors are not honest with their patients about what they are doing, the survey found.

To read the remainder of the article go to this link:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20081023.wplacebo1023/BNStory/specialScienceandHealth/home

Goodbye Michael Crichton!

I was sad to hear that author Michael Crichton passed away on tuesday at age 66 of cancer. Dr. Crichton was one of my favorite authors in this world, two of my favorite books of all time, "The Andromeda Strain" and "Sphere", were written by Michael Crichton. In reality, these two books, I could not put down, because they were so captivating and well- written.He published "The Andromeda Strain" while he was still a medical student at Harvard Medical School. He and Stephen Spielberg co-created the television show "ER" in 1994.Crichton wrote the screen play for "ER" in 1974. Rest in Peace Dr. Crichton!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

GM Hikaru Nakamura wins at Cap d'Agde

GM Hikaru Nakamura, (who incidently has recently moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from the United States), won the 2008 Cap d'Agde International Chess tournament, which was held from October 26th-November 1st. Nakamura defeated GM Vassily Ivanchuk of the Ukraine in the final. One interesting game which was played in this event was between prodigies Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Hou Yifan of China. This game took place in round one, with Carlsen prevailing:



[Event "Trophee CCAS GpB"]
[Site "Cap d'Agde FRA"]
[Date "2008.10.26"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Carlsen, M."]
[Black "Hou Yifan"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A17"]
[WhiteElo "2786"]
[BlackElo "2578"]
[PlyCount "103"]
[EventDate "2008.10.26"]
[EventType "tourn (rapid)"]
[EventRounds "7"]
[EventCountry "FRA"]
[EventCategory "16"]
[Source "Mark Crowther"]
[SourceDate "2008.11.03"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3 6. Qxc3 b6 7. e3 Bb7 8.
Be2 d6 9. b4 Ne4 10. Qc2 Nd7 11. Bb2 f5 12. O-O Qe7 13. d4 Rf6 14. d5 Rg6 15.
Nd4 Nf8 16. Rad1 Qh4 17. f4 Rh6 18. h3 Ng3 19. Bf3 Nxf1 20. Rxf1 Rg6 21. dxe6
Bxf3 22. Rxf3 Nxe6 23. Nxf5 Qd8 24. Qe4 Rb8 25. g4 Qd7 26. Qd5 Kh8 27. Kh2 Rf8
28. Rf2 c6 29. Qd3 Nc7 30. e4 d5 31. Be5 Qf7 32. cxd5 cxd5 33. Qc2 Ne8 34. exd5
Qxd5 35. Ne7 Qf7 36. Nxg6+ hxg6 37. g5 Qe6 38. Re2 Qf7 39. b5 Kh7 40. h4 Kh8
41. a4 Qd7 42. Qxg6 Qg4 43. Qd3 Rf7 44. Rg2 Qxh4+ 45. Qh3 Qxh3+ 46. Kxh3 Kg8
47. Rd2 g6 48. Rc2 Re7 49. Rc6 Kf7 50. Kg4 Ng7 51. Rf6+ Ke8 52. Rxg6 1-0


To see the final crosstable for this tournament go to:http://chesscenter.com/twic/twic730.html

Congratulations Barack Obama

Congratulations to Barack Obama for winning the United States Presidental Election. I hope that you do alot of good for the people of the United States and the World. Obama in his election- victory speech, quoted Abraham Lincoln in stating:

'We are not enemies, but friends ... though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection,'" Obama said.

Mr Obama, I hope that many minority group children are inspired by your victory, and they are able to achieve success and help the people of this world come together to fight poverty,discrimination,crime, and other social ills which exist.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Study links human activity to polar warming

Human activity and, in particular, the production of greenhouse gases can be linked definitively to warming in parts of the Arctic and Antarctic, according to a new study that makes the controversial connection for the first time.

Scientists used models to determine the causes of climate change in the two polar regions, finding that only when they included human influences could they explain the rise in temperatures in both areas.
Nathan Gillett, who co-wrote the study that appeared yesterday in the online journal Nature Geoscience, said they compared four different models using artificial versus naturally occurring factors affecting temperatures.

Their stark discovery was that only with the influence of artificial greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, could they simulate the warming trend in parts of the remote regions.

"It makes clear that the warming that we're seeing definitely can be linked to human influence in the Arctic and the Antarctic," said Dr. Gillett of the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis at Environment Canada in Victoria.

...researchers said the models showed that the two-degree temperature rise in the peninsula of Antarctica over the past three decades could be reproduced only when CO{-2} was factored into the model.

One critic of the study stated:

"The report focuses on temperature changes going back to 1900 and up to the present, but doesn't include earlier periods when areas in the Arctic were actually warmer than they are today and were not affected by artificial greenhouse gases, Dr. Christy said. "Just 1,000 years ago the Arctic was much warmer than it is today, so it's interesting that they would use the term conclusively," he said. "Natural variability can account for warming since the Arctic has been warmer before."


Source:http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20081031.wwarming31/BNStory/National/home

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Some things never change!

We are all hearing on the news about the fact that the world may be currently in an economic recession or headed for one. However, this has not stopped "Big Oil" from making loads of money off of all of us. I say this because one of the largest oil companies in the world, ExxonMobil, issued a press release today stating that the company shattered its own record for the biggest profit by a U.S. corporation, earning $14.83 billion in the third quarter!!! Bolstered by summer's record crude prices, the company said net income jumped nearly 58% to $2.86 a share in the July-September period. That compares with $9.41 billion, or $1.70 a share, a year ago.

The previous record for U.S. corporate profit was set in the last quarter, when ExxonMobil earned $11.68 billion.


Source:http://www.usatoday.com/money/companies/earnings/2008-10-30-exxonmobil_N.htm

Some senior citizens in our world are forced to eat cat food, because they cannot afford anything else, yet large corporations like Exxon, are not required to pay more taxes on their extravagent profits.It is time the governments of this world put caps on the the amount of profits Big Oil can make, in order to ensure that the wealth of the world is much more fairly distributed.

The facts about the World's poor cannot be disputed:

"Over one billion people around the world are poor, living on less than one dollar a day.
Many of these poor people survive with much less, say half a dollar a day, and live a very vulnerable life in nearly permanent hunger.
In the year 2000, more than 800 million people were food insecure, and this number has not changed much over the last seven yearsThe prospect for the immediate future is that 700 million people in the world will still be poor by 2015, and 600 million of them will probably not have enough to eat every year.

A very high proportion of those left behind are the children and youngsters, men and, not least, women of Africa. But also a great number in South Asia, maybe as many as 200 million people, will stay in poverty."
(source:http://www.ifpri.org/2020ChinaConference/chconfycstats.asp)

The poorest 40 percent of the world’s population accounts for 5 percent of global income. The richest 20 percent accounts for three-quarters of world income (source2007 Human Development Report (HDR), United Nations Development Program, November 27, 2007, p.25)

According to UNICEF, 26,500-30,000 children die each day due to poverty. And they “die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world. Being meek and weak in life makes these dying multitudes even more invisible in death.” (sourcehttp://www.globalissues.org/article/715/today-over-26500-children-died-around-the-world)

"Water problems affect half of humanity:

Some 1.1 billion people in developing countries have inadequate access to water, and 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation.
Almost two in three people lacking access to clean water survive on less than $2 a day, with one in three living on less than $1 a day.
More than 660 million people without sanitation live on less than $2 a day, and more than 385 million on less than $1 a day.
Access to piped water into the household averages about 85% for the wealthiest 20% of the population, compared with 25% for the poorest 20%.
1.8 billion people who have access to a water source within 1 kilometre, but not in their house or yard, consume around 20 litres per day. In the United Kingdom the average person uses more than 50 litres of water a day flushing toilets (where average daily water usage is about 150 liters a day. The highest average water use in the world is in the US, at 600 liters day.)
Some 1.8 million child deaths each year as a result of diarrhoea
The loss of 443 million school days each year from water-related illness.
Close to half of all people in developing countries suffering at any given time from a health problem caused by water and sanitation deficits.
Millions of women spending several hours a day collecting water.
To these human costs can be added the massive economic waste associated with the water and sanitation deficit.… The costs associated with health spending, productivity losses and labour diversions … are greatest in some of the poorest countries. Sub-Saharan Africa loses about 5% of GDP, or some $28.4 billion annually, a figure that exceeds total aid flows and debt relief to the region in 2003." (source:2006 United Nations Human Development Report, pp.6, 7, 35 )

What does this table say about our priorities in this world?

Spending in the world 1998

Global Priority $U.S. Billions
Cosmetics in the United States 8
Ice cream in Europe 11
Perfumes in Europe and the United States 12
Pet foods in Europe and the United States 17
Business entertainment in Japan 35
Cigarettes in Europe 50
Alcoholic drinks in Europe 105
Narcotics drugs in the world 400
Military spending in the world 780

Source:http://volunteernow.ca/take_action/issues_consumerism.htm

The Hubble Telescope is working again!!


Wonderful News!! The Hubble Space Telescope is back working again, after a computer malfunction shut down the telescope for nearly a month. And what a way to come back online, by sending the world the most beautiful of images of our solar system.This image is of a pair of gravitationally interacting galaxies called Arp 147. According to some research I did about it on the internet, "The galaxy Arp 147 belongs to a class of objects believed to have formed a ring as a result of a collision with a second galaxy.source:http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=4338971", "Arp 147 appears in the Arp Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies, compiled by Halton Arp in the 1960s and published in 1966." (source:http://www.universetoday.com/2008/10/30/w00t-hubble-is-back-to-work/)

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Harold C. Arp, a noted and controversial cosmologist of the twentienth century, is recognized for having catalogued 338 galaxy groups whose galaxy shapes do not conform to one of the two standard types (spiral or elliptical) and their associated subtypes which describe the spiral nature of their swirling arms or elliptical eccentricity. These irregular galaxies are believed to be valuable abnormalities which may provide clues into the ultimate formation of spiral and elliptical galaxies and particularly due to our inability to influence potential factors in galaxy formation when attempting to describe or even comprehend these dynamics.

Each of the 338 entries in Arp's catalog is classified into one of six major types, namely Spiral Galaxies, Spiral Galaxies with Companions on Arms, Elliptical and Elliptical-like Galaxies, Galaxies (not classifiable as Spiral or Elliptical), Group Character (Interacting Galaxies) and Miscellaneous. A second subdivision accompanies each of the initial five major classifications and includes, for example, "One-Armed", "Low Surface Brightness Companions", "Repelling Spiral Arms", "Galaxies with Jets" and "Interacting Galaxies" (source:http://www.perseus.gr/Astro-DSO-Galaxies-Arp.htm).

Source:http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2008/10/30/hubble-images.html

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Prime Minister Harper set to make history

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper may make history on Thursday when he announces his federal cabinet. In his cabinet, experts expect Harper to appoint a record number of women to positions. According to the "Globe and Mail". "

"The Harper Conservatives elected 23 women MPs on Oct. 14, 12 more than in 2006. There were seven women in the Tories' last cabinet, two of whom were junior ministers. Mr. Harper is expected to add four or five more Thursday, bringing to 11 or 12 the number of women in what could be a 30-member cabinet."

In this Government's cabinet, political experts suggest that this could be the largest percentage of women – 36 or 40 per cent – appointed to positions in a federal cabinet.

Women deserve to have more positions in the top levels of Government and Business, if this does not happen,then the World will be losing out. In Canada, many of us are unaware of the fact that October is Women's History Month.Proclaimed by the Government of Canada in 1992, Women's History Month provides an opportunity for Canadians to learn about the many and significant contributions of girls and women to our society – and to the quality of our lives. (sourcehttp://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/dates/whm/index_e.html)

In 2007, women held 13%, or 527 of a total of 4,061 board seats in FP500 companies, up only 1% from 2005. A little more than 40% of FP500 companies still have no women board directors. Fewer than one-third of companies had more than one woman on their boards. The number of companies that have multiple women on their boards is up only 2.5% since 2005. And the number of women board chairs increased 1.3% from 2005, to 3.4% in 2007.

"Leadership positions are still out of reach,"stated Debrorah Gillis, Catalyst vice-president for North America.
The percentage of women chairing key committees on publicly traded FP500 companies rose to 6.8%, up 1% from 2005.
The numbers seem even smaller when you consider women make up almost 50% of the Canadian workforce and hold less than 40% of management roles. Those who make it to the boardroom tend to work for the company: One in five board seats held by women in 2007 were inside seats. This at a time when publicly traded companies in particular have been under pressure to boost the number of independent directors, and the role of the director has morphed to one of a more strategic partner asking the tough questions." (sourcehttp://working.canada.com/soundoff/story.html?id=09e839f9-a7a4-4303-8e57-6c7df0bdaec1)

Recent Chess News

Here are the results of some recent chess tournaments played in the world:

(a) The European Club Cup 2008

The URAL Sverdlovskaya team won the Men's section of the 2008 European Club Cup. The team consisted of the following Grandmasters: GM Radjabov of Azerbaijan, GM Kamsky of the United States, GM Shirov of Spain, GM Grischuk of Russia,GM Malakhov of Russia, GM Motylev of Russia,and GM Dreev of Russia. In the Women's event, the Cercle d’Echecs Monte Carlo team won. This team consisted of GM Humpy Koneru, GM Pia Cramling and WGM/IM's Nana Dzagnidze, Monika Socko, and Almira Skripchenko.

The official tournament website is at:http://ecc2008.chessdom.com/ Top board performances for this event can be viewed at: http://www.chess.co.uk/twic/twic729.html

(b LiraH Autumn Lichtenrade Open

The LiraH Autum Lichtenrade Open chess tournament was held in Berlin, Germany from October 18-26th. GM Alexander Graf scored an amazing 8.5/9 to win.

(c) Can Picafort Masters

The Can Picafort Masters Chess Tournament took place from October 20th-26th and was won by GM Viktor Moskalenko of the Ukraine with a score of 6/10. The official tournament website is: http://www.chessmallorca.com/
Viktor Moskalenko won with 6/10.

Sokolov wins the 12th Essent Chess Tournament

GM Ivan Sokolov won the top section in the 12th Essent Chess Group. Playing in the Crown section, Sokolov finished the double-round robin tournament with a score of 5/6!! GM Ahmed Adly edged GM Jan Smeets for second place on a tie-break (both had finished the tournament with identical scores of 2.5 points. Marie Sebag finished in fourth place with 2 points (one win and two draws.

The Essent Open Chess Tournament was played at the same time as the Crown section, and in it GM Frisco Nijboer of the Netherlands finished first on a tie-break over GM Alexander Fier of Brazil and GM Stewart Haslinger of England. All three had finished the tournament with scores of 7 points.


The next big event in Professional chess is the Dresden Chess Olympiad, which will take place in Dresden, Germany from November 12th-25th. The official website for this event is "http://dresden2008.de



The Chess Olympiad is a biennial chess tournament in which teams from all over the world compete against each other. The event is organised by FIDE the governing body of chess.Each FIDE recognized chess association can enter a team into the Olympiad Each team is made of up to five players, four regular players and one reserve (source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess_Olympiad)

A list of teams can be viewed at:http://tournaments.chessdom.com/chess-olympiad-2008-teams (The event is divided into two groups using gender as the basis of this division. However, GM Judit Polgar of Hungary, the World's strongest woman chess player, is playing on the Hungarian Men's team in the Olympiad.WGM/IM Keti Arakhamia-Grant is also playing in the Men's event, on the Scotland Team.

Congratulations to Vishy Anand

World Champion Viswanathan Anand held GM Vladimir Kramnik to a draw in game 11 of the World Chess Championship.Kramnik who had to win with the black pieces, tried the Najdorf variation of the Sicilian defense (one of the most aggressive variations for Black), however Kramnik agreed to a draw after only 24 moves. The final score in the match was Anand 6.5-Kramnik 4.5 (with Anand winning 2 games with the black pieces!) The next World Chess Championship will be between Vishy Anand and the winner of the FIDE World Challengers' Match which is between GM Veslin Topalov vs Gata Kamsky.
Originally the winner of the FIDE World Cup was supposed to challenge Anand, the reigning World Champion, but in a special edict delivered last June the governing body of chess, the FIDE decided that the winner had to play former FIDE world champion Veselin Topalov first. The winner of that match then gets to play for the world championship title against Anand. Are you confused enough? :)

Friday, October 24, 2008

The Web of Life on Spaceship Earth

All life on the planet Earth is interrelated and interdependent. We as humans forget this on a daily basis, and as a result our actions can have a terribly negative effect on other forms of life on the planet. Today, two news stories in the local paper reminded me of fact that the Earth is a fragile place,especially for plant and animal life forms other than ourselves.

The first story concerns the state of Whitebark pine trees and Limber Pine trees in the Province of Alberta. Biologists and the Government of Alberta's own experts today issued a need on the part of the Government of Alberta, to place the Whitebark Pine tree and the Limber Pine tree species on the Province's endangered species list. These experts claim that the proliferation of the Mountain Pine Beetle, as well as a specific type of fungus and also "climate change" within Alberta has caused these two species of Pine to have rapidly declined in numbers in my province. According to the Alberta Endangered Species Conservation Committee, three-quarters of these two species of conifers will likely disappear from Alberta Forests within the next 100 years, if steps are not taken to deal with the problems which are causing these Pine species to disappear. Whitebark Pine wood is light, close-grained, moderately soft and pale brownish in color. Ironically, it is of little commercial importance, although wood can be used for lumber and mine timber when harvested from commercial sites.


However, The Whitebark Pine is an important source of food for many granivorous birds and small mammals, including most importantly the Clark's Nutcracker, the major seed disperser of the pine. Clark's Nutcrackers each cache about 30,000 to 100,000 each year in small, widely scattered caches usually under 2 to 3 cm of soil or gravelly substrate. Nutcrackers retrieve these seed caches during times of food scarcity and to feed their young. Cache sites selected by nutcrackers are often favorable for germination of seeds and survival of seedlings. Those caches not retrieved by time snow melts contribute to forest regeneration. Consequently,Whitebark Pine often grows in clumps of several trees, originating from a single cache of 2-15 or more seeds. Douglas Squirrels cut down and store Whitebark Pine cones in their middens. Grizzly Bears and American Black Bears often raid squirrel middens for Whitebark Pine seeds, an important pre-hibernation food. Squirrels, Northern Flickers, and Mountain Bluebirds often nest in Whitebark Pines, and elk and Blue Grouse use Whitebark Pine communities as summer habitat. Here is a link to a photo of one of these beautiful trees:
http://i.pbase.com/g6/50/595350/2/71151568.pQgCk6yN.jpg

Limber Pine trees are also being threatened in the forests of my home province. The Limber Pines are coniferous (they bear cones and evergreen leaves) and belong to the genus Pinus, in the family Pinaceae. The tree-line or timberline is the edge of the habitat at which these trees are capable of growing either on its own, or with Whitebark Pine. In favorable conditions, Limber Pine trees can grow to 25 m high, however, on exposed tree line sites they grow only to 5-10 m tall. Limber Pine is a member of the white pine group, Pinus subgenus Strobus, and like all members of that group, the leaves ('needles') are in fascicles (bundles) of five, with a deciduous sheath. Limber Pine is an important source of food for several species, including Red Squirrels and Clark's Nutcrackers. American Black Bears may raid squirrel caches for Limber Pine nuts. Squirrels, Northern Flickers, and Mountain Bluebirds often nest in the trees. Unfortunately, Limber Pine is afflicted with White Pine Blister Rust (Cronartium ribicola), a fungus that was introduced accidentally from Europe. Limber Pine mortality is high in many areas throughout its range because of this fungus. There is no known way of controlling the blister rust in existing trees. Research is under way, locating and breeding from the occasional naturally resistant Limber Pines, and by studying the resistance mechanisms of the European and Asian white pines (e.g. Swiss Pine, Macedonian Pine), which are strongly resistant to the disease. Here is a link to a photo of a limber pine taken in Alberta:


The tree in the photo happens to be the oldest tree in Alberta. Limber pine has been used for construction timber and railroad ties. Limber pine seeds, like Pinyon pine seeds, are large and lack wings. They must be distributed by wildlife. The seeds are eaten by nutcrackers, who also make seed caches, burying the seeds in moist soil, where they may sprout if undisturbed. Sometimes several seedlings will sprout from a single cache, and grow together into what appears to be a single tree with several main stems.

A famous quote about Limber Pines is:
"Limber pines have a way of growing in dramatic places, taking picturesque attitudes, and getting themselves photographed, written about, and cared for, even becoming the core of a legend. This Pine so constantly occurs in the historically significant passes of the Rockies that it was destined to link up with human history." Donald Culross Peattie, (1898-1964) American naturalist and botanist

Humans must find a way to reverse the decline in population of these gorgeous and ecologically important species of life.


The other story which caught my attention in our local paper today, concerns the fact that Genome B.C. (British Columbia) is launching a 2.8 million dollar research project in an attempt to determine why the population of the World's honeybees has decreased dramatically in the past few years. Genome British Columbia "is a research organization that invests in and manages large-scale genomics and proteomics research projects and science and technology platforms focused on areas of strategic importance such as human health, forestry, fisheries, ethics, agriculture, and the environment." (source:http://www.genomebc.ca/)



Beekeepers apparently lose 15% of their hives during the winter months, however over the past two years in Canada, beekeepers have noticed an increase of 36% in morality rates in their bee hives!!! Scientists have determined that a phenomenon called "colony collapse disorder" (in which worker bees from a beehive or Western honey bee colony abruptly disappear). "The cause or causes of the syndrome are not yet fully understood, although many authorities attribute the problem to biotic factors such as: Varroa mites and insect diseases (i.e., pathogens including Nosema apis and Israel acute paralysis virus. Other proposed causes include environmental change-related stresses, malnutrition and pesticides (e.g. neonicotinoids such as imidacloprid), and migratory beekeeping. More highly speculative possibilities have included both cell phone radiation and genetically modified (GM) crops with pest control characteristics though experts point out no evidence exists for either assertion (source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colony_Collapse_Disorder). If bees continue to disappear we may lose many species of flowers,fruits and trees in the regions where they vanish, because these bees pollinate these life forms. Honey bees are responsible for pollination of approximately one-third of the United States' crop species, including such species as almonds, peaches, soybeans, apples, pears, cherries, raspberries, blackberries, cranberries, watermelons, cantaloupes, cucumbers and strawberries. Experts also hypothesize that the " main culprit in the reduction of bees is a tiny mite called "Varroa destructor". This mite attaches to a growing bee during the bee's larval stage of development and then like a vampire, sucks their blood. This weakens the bee. These mites also transmit disease to the bee, and the virus makes it impossible for the bee to fly. Attempts to control these mites has sustained a major setback, due to the fact that the mites have built up resistance to the pesticides beekeepers use to keep the mite out of the beekeeper's hives. Genome B.C hopes to be able to determine which bees in a colony have natural resistance to the mites. By doing this the scientists hope to make bee colonies mite-resistant. Genome B.C hopes to identify genetic markers found on mite-resistant bees, so that all bees can eventually be protected from infection.

Update of the 2008 Essent Chess Tournament

Here are the standings after 5 rounds of play in the Essent Chess Tournament (Crown Group):

Rank Name Fed. Rating 1 2 3 4 Score
1 GM Sokolov, Ivan 2650 x 1 1½ 11 4.5
2 GM Adly, Ahmed 2586 0 x ½0 ½1 2.0
3 GM Sebag, Marie FRA 2533 0½ ½1 x 2.0
4 GM Smeets, Jan NED 2604 00 ½0 1 1.5

Here are the moves from Marie Sebag's games from rounds 1-5 (in PGN format):
[Event "Essent Toernooi - Kroongroep"]
[Site "Hoogeveen"]
[Date "2008.10.19"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Sokolov, Ivan"]
[Black "Sebag, Marie"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2650"]
[BlackElo "2533"]
[PlyCount "65"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. g3 Nbd7 6. Bg2 dxc4 7. O-O Bb4 8. a3
Be7 9. e4 O-O 10. Re1 Re8 11. Bf4 a6 12. a4 Bb4 13. Nd2 c5 14. Bd6 cxd4 15.
Bxb4 a5 16. Ba3 dxc3 17. Nxc4 cxb2 18. Rb1 Qc7 19. Nd6 Rd8 20. Nb5 Qb6
21. Be7 Re8 22. Bd6 Nc5 23. e5 Nd5 24. Bxd5 exd5 25. Qd4 Nd7 26.
Qxb2 Nf8 27. Nc7 Qxb2 28. Rxb2 Bd7 29. Nxe8 Bxe8 30. Rxb7 Bxa4 31. Reb1 Nd7 32.
Ra1 Bc6 33. Rc7 1-0

[Event "Essent Toernooi - Kroongroep"]
[Site "Hoogeveen, Netherlands"]
[Date "2008.10.20"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Smeets, Jan"]
[WhiteElo "2604"]
[Black "Sebag, Marie"]
[BlackElo "2533"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8.
Na3 b5 9. Nd5 Be7 10. Bxf6 Bxf6 11. c3 Bg5 12. Nc2 O-O 13. a4 bxa4 14. Rxa4 a5
15. Bc4 Rb8 16. b3 Kh8 17. Nce3 g6 18. Qe2 f5 19. h4 Bxe3 20. Nxe3 f4 21. Nf1
Bd7 22. Nd2 Ne7 23. Ra3 Qc7 24. Qd3 h6 25. O-O Ra8 26. Rfa1 Bc6 27. b4 axb4 28.
cxb4 Rxa3 29. Rxa3 Bb7 30. b5 Rd8 31. Rb3 Qb6 32. Rb1 Kg7 33. Qh3 Bc8 34. Be6
Bb7 35. Ba2 Bc8 36. Qb3 d5 37. exd5 Rxd5 38. Qb2 Rd4 39. Nf3 Bf5 40. Nxd4 Bxb1
41. Ne6+ 1-0

[Event "Essent Toernooi - Kroongroep"]
[Site "Hoogeveen, Netherlands"]
[Date "2008.10.21"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Sebag, Marie"]
[WhiteElo "2533"]
[Black "Adly, Ahmed"]
[BlackElo "2586"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Qc7 8. Bxf6
gxf6 9. Qd2 Nc6 10. O-O-O Bd7 11. Kb1 Rg8 12. g3 Nxd4 13. Qxd4 Qc5 14. Qd3
O-O-O 15. Be2 Bc6 16. Rhf1 Kb8 17. f5 Be7 18. Bh5 Rgf8 19. Bf3 Rc8 20. Qd2 Qe5
21. Qh6 b5 22. a3 a5 23. Qd2 Rc7 24. Ne2 b4 25. axb4 axb4 26. Qxb4+ Rb7 27. Qc3
Rc8 28. Qxe5 fxe5 29. fxe6 fxe6 30. b3 Rb4 31. Nc3 Be8 32. Kb2 Bg6 33. Bg4 Bxe4
34. Nxe4 Rxe4 35. Bxe6 Rc7 36. Bc4 h5 37. h4 Rg4 38. Rf5 Rxg3 39. Rxh5 e4 40.
Rb5+ Rb7 41. Rxb7+ Kxb7 42. Bd5+ Kc7 43. Bxe4 Bxh4 44. c4 Re3 45. Bd5 Re2+ 46.
Ka3 Re1 47. Rd3 Ra1+ 48. Kb2 Bf6+ 49. Kc2 Ra2+ 50. Kd1 Ra1+ 51. Ke2 Ra2+ 52.
Kf3 Rc2 53. Ke4 Rc3 54. Rd1 Rxb3 55. Rf1 Bg5 56. Rf7+ Kd8 57. Kf5 Be7 58. Rh7
Re3 59. Rh8+ 1/2-1/2

[Event "Essent Toernooi - Kroongroep"]
[Site "Hoogeveen, Netherlands"]
[Date "2008.10.23"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Sebag, Marie"]
[WhiteElo "2533"]
[Black "Sokolov, Ivan"]
[BlackElo "2650"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 d6 7. Bxc6+ bxc6 8.
d4 exd4 9. Nxd4 Bd7 10. Nc3 O-O 11. h3 Re8 12. Bf4 Rb8 13. b3 Qc8 14. Nf3 Qb7
15. Qd2 Rbd8 16. Bg5 h6 17. Bh4 Be6 18. Rad1 Qc8 19. Nd4 Bd7 20. Qd3 Nh7 21.
Bg3 Bf6 22. f4 Nf8 23. Nf3 Qb7 24. Qd2 Ng6 25. f5 Ne5 26. Nxe5 dxe5 27. Qe3 Bc8
28. Qc5 Qb6 29. Bf2 Qxc5 30. Bxc5 Bg5 31. Rxd8 Bxd8 32. Be3 h5 33. Rf1 h4 34.
Nb1 Be7 35. Nd2 Bb7 36. Re1 Bb4 37. Re2 c5 38. Bg5 f6 39. Bxh4 Bxd2 40. Rxd2
Bxe4 41. g4 c4 1/2-1/2

[Event "Essent Toernooi - Kroongroep"]
[Site "Hoogeveen, Netherlands"]
[Date "2008.10.24"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Adly, Ahmed"]
[WhiteElo "2586"]
[Black "Sebag, Marie"]
[BlackElo "2533"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. Nc3 e6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. g4 h6 8. Bd2
dxc4 9. Bxc4 b5 10. Be2 Bb7 11. Rg1 Rc8 12. h4 b4 13. Ne4 Nxe4 14. Qxe4 Qb6 15.
g5 c5 16. dxc5 Nxc5 17. Qd4 Bxf3 18. Bxf3 Be5 19. Qc4 hxg5 20. hxg5 a5 21. g6
f6 22. Rh1 Rxh1+ 23. Bxh1 Ke7 24. f4 Bxb2 25. Rb1 Qd6 26. Ke2 Rh8 27. Kf3 f5
28. Bg2 Bf6 29. Rc1 Ne4 30. Be1 Bc3 31. Qb5 Qd5 32. Qxd5 exd5 33. Ke2 Bxe1 34.
Kxe1 Nc3 35. Rc2 Rh6 36. Kd2 Kd6 37. Kd3 Kc5 38. a3 Rxg6 39. axb4+ axb4 40. Bh3
Rg3 41. Bxf5 d4 42. Rh2 dxe3 43. Rh1 e2+ 44. Kd2 Kd4 45. Bc2 Rf3 46. Ke1 Rxf4
47. Bb3 g5 48. Rg1 g4 49. Kd2 Rf1 50. Rxg4+ Ke5 0-1

2008 Cap d'Agde Chess Tournament

The 2008 edition of the Cap d'Agde Chess Tournament will be held from October 26th-November 1st in Cap d'Agde, France. As you can see in this map at
http://www.capdagdefrance.co.uk/Pictures/map-of-Cap-Dagde.jpg. Cap d'Agde is on the East Coast of France. According to Wikipedia, "Cap d'Agde is one of the largest leisure ports on the French Mediterranean. Development as a tourist resort started in the 1970s before which time the only buildings at the Cap were small houses typically used for weekends by local people," .....and is a resort where nudity is legal." I guess the tournament organizers will have to have shades on the windows of the tournament hall, otherwise the view outside could be a serious source of distraction :).

The tournament is being held in two sections, with the top section consisting of the following players:
Cap d'Agde (FRA), 26 x - 1 xi 2008

Vasily Ivanchuk UKR GM 2786
Magnus Carlsen NOR GM 2786
Teimour RadjabovAZE GM 2751
Maxime Vachier
Lagrave FRA GM 2716
Bu Xiangzhi CHN GM 2714
Hikaru Nakamura USA GM 2704
Ivan Cheparinov BUL GM 2696
Anatoly Karpov RUS GM 2651
Fabiano Caruana ITA GM 2640
Humpy Koneru IND GM 2618
Hou Yifan CHN WGM 2578
Marie Sebag FRA GM 2533
Sebastien Feller FRA GM 2526
Alexandra Kosteniuk RUS GM 2525
Katerina Lahno UKR GM 2488
Almira Skripchenko FRA WGM 2455



The official tournament website for this event is:
http://www.capechecs.com/trophee_ccas.php The top section of this event is being played using the "rapid chess" time controls and rapid chess rules.

World Chess Championship:Game 7

Game 7 of the 2008 World Chess Championship was played on October 23rd.GM Amador Rodriguez (elo 2479), in his analysis of the game at the official WC website states:

"Kramnik opted to play correct chess and relied on a solid line of the Slav that he knows well. However,nothing seems to work for him so far,Anand was well prepared again, leading the game into an early ending where he was able to put pressure until finally a draw was agreed after Kramnik was forced to find many clever moves to
survive." (source:http://www.uep-chess.com/cms_english/images/stories/analysen/round7.pdf). Kramnik even offered Anand a draw in this game on move 21, however Anand rejected the offer and played on.

This draw means that the score in the match is now 5-2 in favor of Anand.Anand needs one more point in the final 4 games to retain his title.

World Chess Championship:Game 6

Anand won game 6 of the World Chess Championship.Playing the white pieces, Vishy once again essayed the move 1.d4 to begin the game, which then entered the Queen's Gambit and Nimzo-Indian Defense:Classical variation (ie 4.Qc2).According to IM Malcolm Pein, Kramnik's 18th move of 18...c5?! landed him in trouble, and his move of 22...c4?! was also a mistake (see Pein's analysis at: http://chesscenter.com/twic/event/wch08/gm6.html.)

In contrast, GM Illescas of Spain, who is much higher-rated than Pein, states in his analysis at the official WC website: http://www.uep-worldchess.com/ that Kramnik made three dubious moves in a row starting 17...Ne7?! then 18...c5?! and 19...Rfd8?! which Kramnik spent 20 minutes on! Not to take anything away from the play of Anand, however this stretch of play indicates that Kramnik is not in his "best" form in this match.

After this game, Anand now seems to have an insurrmountable lead at 4.5-1.5.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Games 4 and 5 of the World Chess Championship

Game 4 of the World Chess Championship between Kramnik and Anand ended in a draw after 29 moves. Anand once again played the Queen's Gambit opening, and this time Kramnik answered with the QG Declined, which Anand tranposed into the Bf4 variation.

In Game 5 of the match, Kramnik again had the White pieces and he lost again with them!
Kramnik decided to try the Queen's Gambit again, and the two players once again decided to play a Semi-Slav Meran variation. Analysis of these games can be viewed and downloaded from http://www.chesscenter.com/twic/twic.html (Analysis done by IM Malcolm Pein)

Analysis is also available at: http://www.uep-chess.com/cms_english/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogsection&id=8&Itemid=26 (Done by GM Illescas)

It will now take a miracle for Kramnik to come back in this match.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Essent Chess Event 2008

The 12th annual Essent Chess event is being played in Hoogeveen, The Netherlands from October 17th-28th. The event has two tournaments: Crown and Open. The Crown Tournament consists of 4 players: GM Ivan Sokolov, GM Jan Smeets, GM Ahmed Adly and WGM/IM Marie Sebag play in the Crown Group. Here are the results from round one of the Crown event:

round 1 (Sunday, 19 October 2008)

Board White Black
1 GM Sokolov,Ivan 2650 GM Sebag, Marie 2533 1-0
2 GM Smeets, Jan 2604 GM Adly, Ahmed 2586 ½-½

Here are the pairings for round 2:

Table White Fed. Rating Black Fed. Rating
1 GM Adly, Ahmed EGY 2586 GM Sokolov, Ivan Ned 2650

2 GM Smeets, Jan NED 2604 GM Sebag, Marie FRA 2533



The official tournament website is at: http://www.essentchess.nl/

Friday, October 17, 2008

61st Russian Chess Championship

After the 12th and final round of play in the Russian Chess Championship 3 players finished tied for first:GM Dmitry Jakovenko, GM Peter Svidler, and GM Evgeny Alekseev. Because a champion has to be declared, these three players will participate in a playoff. The playoff will be held on October 28th October These three players will play a double-round robin tournament (6 games) at a time control of of Game/15minutes+10 seconds/move. The official tournament website for this event is

European Club Cup of Chess

The 2008 edition of the European Club Cup 2008 of Chess is taking place in Kallithea, Greece from October16th-24th. Some of the highest-rated chess players in the World are participating in this event. This tournament is segmented according to gender, and each player is on a club team. Here are the top players in the event for both genders:
Males:
No. Name Rtg FED Team Bo.
1 NOR GM Carlsen Magnus 2786 NOR MIKA Chess Club 1
2 UKR GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2786 UKR TPS Saransk 1
3 ARM GM Aronian Levon 2757 ARM MIKA Chess Club 2
4 AZE GM Radjabov Teimour 2751 AZE URAL Sverdlovskaya 1
5 RUS GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2737 RUS PVK Kiev Chess 2
6 CHN GM Wang Yue 2736 CHN Economist SGSEU-1 Saratov 1
7 ENG GM Adams Michael 2734 ENG Linex Magic 1
8 SVK GM Movsesian Sergei 2732 SVK CC "Bosna" Sarajevo 1
9 AZE GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731 AZE Alkaloid 1
10 UKR GM Karjakin Sergey 2730 UKR PVK Kiev Chess 1
11 USA GM Kamsky Gata 2729 USA URAL Sverdlovskaya 2
12 RUS GM Svidler Peter 2727 RUS OSG Baden-Baden e.V. 1
13 ESP GM Shirov Alexei 2726 ESP URAL Sverdlovskaya 3
14 UKR GM Eljanov Pavel 2720 UKR Ashdod Illit Chess Club 2
15 ISR GM Gelfand Boris 2719 ISR MIKA Chess Club 3
16 RUS GM Grischuk Alexander 2719 RUS URAL Sverdlovskaya 4
17 UKR GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2719 UKR Linex Magic 2
18 FRA GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2716 FRA SV Muehlheim Nord 1
19 RUS GM Alekseev Evgeny 2715 RUS Economist SGSEU-1 Saratov 2
20 CHN GM Ni Hua 2710 CHN Economist SGSEU-1 Saratov 4


Women:

No. Name Rtg FED Team Bo.
1 IND GM Koneru Humpy 2618 IND Cercle d'Echecs Monte Carlo 1
2 CHN WGM Hou Yifan 2578 CHN Spartak Vidnoe 1
3 CHN GM Xie Jun 2574 CHN Cercle d'Echecs Monte Carlo 3
4 SWE GM Cramling Pia 2550 SWE Cercle d'Echecs Monte Carlo 2
5 BUL GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2548 BUL Spartak Vidnoe 2
6 CHN GM Zhao Xue 2518 CHN Spartak Vidnoe 3
7 ARM IM Danielian Elina 2513 ARM MIKA Yerevan 2
8 RUS IM Kosintseva Tatiana 2513 RUS Spartak Vidnoe 4
9 LTU IM Cmilyte Viktorija 2512 LTU Finek St. Petersburg 2
10 SLO IM Muzychuk Anna 2508 SLO T-com Podgorica 1
11 GEO IM Dzagnidze Nana 2503 GEO Cercle d'Echecs Monte Carlo 4
12 UKR IM Ushenina Anna 2496 UKR Economist SGSEU Saratov 1
13 GEO GM Chiburdanidze Maia 2489 GEO MIKA Yerevan 1
14 UKR GM Lahno Kateryna 2488 UKR MIKA Yerevan 3
15 UKR WGM Zhukova Natalia 2488 UKR Finek St. Petersburg 3
16 HUN GM Hoang Thanh Trang 2483 HUN EPAM 1
17 UKR IM Gaponenko Inna 2473 UKR T-com Podgorica 3
18 GER IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2471 GER Economist SGSEU Saratov 3
19 RUS IM Kosintseva Nadezhda 2468 RUS Spartak Vidnoe 5
20 IND IM Harika Dronavalli 2462 IND Economist SGSEU Saratov 2


The official tournament website for this event is: http://ecc2008.chessdom.com/

2008 World Chess Championship Game 3

Game 3 of the World Chess Championship between GM Kramnik and GM Anand was played today, and resulted in a win for GM Anand. Anand playing Black, chose to defend against Kramnik's Queen's Gambit by playing a Semi-Slav Defense. The players chose to play one of the most complex variations in chess...The Meran Variation. Anand played a move which has never been tried before on move 14. Both players must have been in severe time pressure at the end of the game, because according to analysis of the game, posted at the www.chesscenter.com/twic website by International Master Malcolm Pein, Kramnik and Anand both made some bad mistakes on move 33. IM Pein's analysis can be viewed at http://chesscenter.com/twic/event/wch08/gm3.html or his analysis can be downloaded in PGN format at: http://chesscenter.com/twic/event/wch08/gm3.html .Game four of the match will be played on Saturday, with Anand having the White pieces.

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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.