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Thursday, September 18, 2008

2008 European Union Championships Liverpool

The 2008 European Union Championships are taking place in Liverpool,England from September 9th-18. After 9 rounds of play (in the ten round event), GM Jan Werle of the Netherlands leads with a score of 7.5 points. In second is GM Michael Adams of England, one-half point behind Werle. These two players played each other already in round 8 so they will not face each other again.In the last round of play, Werle has the White pieces against GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France (elo 2681 6.5 points) while Adams must play the black pieces against GM Emanuel Berg of Sweden (elo 2592 6.5 points). According to the chessbase online database (, Werle and Vachier-Lagrave have played each other once in their chess careers, this game took place at the 2007 Wijk aan Zee tournament and Vachier-Lagrave won in 34 moves (the opening was an English). Berg always starts a game with white with the move 1.e4. Adams will allow an opponent playing White to use the Ruy Lopez opening against him or Adams will play the Caro-Kann Defense against 1.e4. (Note that Adams likes to play the exciting Marshall Gambit as Black against the Ruy Lopez: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8.c3 d5!?. However, Berg can play an anti-Marshall variation as White to prevent Adams from using the Marshall Gambit). Good luck to all players in the last round.


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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

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.