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Friday, April 11, 2008

II Ruy Lopez International Chess Festival:

GM Michael Adams of England won the II Ruy Lopez International Chess Festival . This event took place in Merida, Spain from April 4th-13th, 2008. It was a category 16 event (The tournament categories are determined by the average tournament rating. To determine the average ELO rating of a tournament you obtain the sum of all ELO ratings of all the players in the event and divide this number by the number of players participating in the tournament. Here are some of the main categories used by the FIDE:

GM Humpy Koneru of India was the top-scoring woman in the event with 4.5 points. Hou Yifan scored 2 points in the seven-round event.

Final Standings

II Ruy Lopez Masters 2008
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1

1. Adams,Mi 2726 +96 * ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 5.5/7
2. Zhang Pengxiang2640+128 ½ * 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 5.0/7
3. Sargissian,G 2676 +30 ½ 1 * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 4.5/7
4. Koneru,H 2612 +103 0 ½ ½ * 1 1 ½ 1 4.5/7
5. Caruana,F 2598 -84 0 0 0 0 * ½ 1 1 2.5/7
6. G. Zuniga,J 2588 -130 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ * 0 ½ 2.0/7
7. Hou Yifan 2527 -60 0 ½ 0 1 * 0 2.0/7
8. Perez Cand., 2537 -72 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 * 2.0/7
Average elo: 2613 <=> Category: 15 gm = 3.50 m = 2.10

The four digit number after the player's name is the player's FIDE Elo rating entering the tournament. The number after the elo rating (ie. Adams +96) refers to that player's performance rating for the tournament. The performance rating is obtained by taking the player's elo entering the tournament and adding this number to it: for example. Michael Adams had a performance rating of 2726+ 96 = 2824 for this tournament.

Arpad Elo (1903-1992), a "Hungarian born American physics professor devised the current system for rating chess players, used by the FIDE. He used a model that relates the game results to underlying variables representing the ability of each player. Elo's central assumption was that the chess performance of each player in each game is a normally distributed random variable (. Although a player might perform significantly better or worse from one game to the next, Elo assumed that the mean value of the performances of any given player changes only slowly over time. Elo thought of a player's true skill as the mean of that player's performance random variable (A random variable is an abstraction of the intuitive concept of chance into the theoretical domains of mathematics.) " (see:

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"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

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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

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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.