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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Chess Grand Slam

Six of the top players in Professional chess are participating in an event called the "Chess Grand Slam". This tournament is being played in Bilbao, Spain from September 1st-13th, 2008. According to Mark Crowther at website: " The first three participants are the winners of Corus 2008, Morelia - Linares 2008, and Mtel Masters 2008 - GM Levon Aronian, GM Viswanathan Anand, and GM Vassily Ivanchuk. Invitations have been sent also to the second place players - GM Magnus Carlsen and GM Veselin Topalov and finally to Teimour Radjabov." (The Week in Chess 719). The official tournament website for this tournament is The format of this event is a double-round robin Games will be covered live at the official tournament website.. The time control is : 90 minutes for the first 40 moves and another 60 minutes to finish the game. Players are not allowed to offer a draw to an opponent directly:only the main referee can decide whether a game is to end in a draw for one of the three following reasons: triple repetition of the position, continuous check o theoretically drawn positions. The main referee will be advised on his decision by the GMs José Luis Fernández and Javier Moreno. In addition, a unique scoring system is being used in the tournament:

The final classification will be determined according to the following criteria:

1.- Players will earn 3 points for winning a match, 1 point for drawing and 0 points for losing.

2.- If the players end in a draw for the first place, the winner will be determined by a blitz chess play-off to take place immediately after the last round. It will consist of two four-minute games per player and a three-second increment by move made, alternating colours, being the colours for the first match decided by draw. Should the tie persist, players will play a match (“tie-break”), 5 minutes for the white and 4 minutes for the black, winning the tournament the back one in case of a draw. The colours for this game will be decided by draw. Should there be more than two drawn players fighting for the first place, the conditions specified in section 9.3 will be applied to determine the two players that will play-off.

3.- In case of equal number of points for third to sixth places, the following method will be applied:

  • Traditional scoring. Players get one point for each game won and 0.5 points for each game in draw.
  • Particular result (based on traditional scoring).
  • Koya system (based on traditional scoring).
  • Sonneborn-Berger (based on traditional scoring)
This event should be very interesting to watch, and of course hopefully chess fans hope all the players are in top form so the event is very competitive and provides us with some great games to observe and play through.

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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.