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Friday, October 24, 2008

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 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: The top section of this event is being played using the "rapid chess" time controls and rapid chess rules.

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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.