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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Results of Recent Chess Tournaments

Here are some of the most recent results from Chess Tournaments all over the world:

The SPICE Cup took place September 19th-28th 2008 at the Texas Tech Student Union Building in Lubbock, Texas USA. The winner of the event was GM Pentala Harikrishna on a tie-break over 3 other players: GM's Akobian,Onischuk and Kritz. All four players had finished the event tied with 5.5 points. (All those in favor of a playoff system to decide tournaments of this nature say aye..... AYE!

Commonwealth Chess Championship
GM Nigel Short of Great Britain won the 2008 Commonwealth Chess Championship. Here is a partial final crosstable of the top-rated finishers in the event:

Rank after round 10
Rank SNo. Name Rtg FED Club Birth Typ Pts BH. BH.
1 1 GM Short Nigel D 2655 ENG 1965/00/00 8½ 47 59
2 9 IM Arun Prasad S 2492 IND TN 1988/04/21 U20 8 52 65
3 2 GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar 2631 IND MS 1983/00/00 8 51 63
4 15 IM Venkatesh M R 2462 IND TN 1985/05/20 7½ 52 64½
5 4 GM Kunte Abhijit 2554 IND MS 1977/00/00 7½ 50½ 63½
6 7 IM Laxman R R 2498 IND RLY 1983/02/05 7½ 49½ 61½
7 10 GM Hossain Enamul 2489 BAN 1981/00/00 7½ 48½ 62
8 6 GM Negi Parimarjan 2529 IND DEL 1993/00/00 U16 7½ 48½ 61½
9 24 IM Ashwin Jayaram 2436 IND TN 1990/08/14 U18 7½ 48 60½
10 21 Thejkumar M S 2441 IND RLY 1981/01/01 7½ 48 60
11 14 GM Neelotpal Das 2462 IND 1982/00/00 7½ 46 58½

Hungarian Chess Championship
The 58th Hungarian Championship took place in Nyiregyhaza Hungary. GM Zoltan Almasi won the event in a playoff over IM Csaba Balogh. Source:

Categoria Internacional Chess Tournament
The FEFCD Chihuahua Mexico Chess Tournament was held from September 26th-28th 2008. The tournament was won by American GM Jesse Kraii with a score of 5.5 points. GM Kraii was a recent visitor to Edmonton, where he played in a sectional tournament, the 3rd Annual Edmonton Chess Festival. See:

No. PNo. Name Score WP PS rat. TPR W-We LUGAR PREMIO
---- ----- ---------------------------- ------ ----- ------ ------ ----- -------
1 3 Kraai, Jesse 5.5 24.5 20 2513 2596 0.31 PRIMERO $15,000.00
2 4 Martin Del Campo C., Rober 5 23 19.5 2420 2526 0.71 SEGUNDO $10,000.00
3 6 Fernandez, Daniel 5 24.5 19 2401 2533 0.71 TERCERO $5,000.00
4 5 Almeida Saenz, Alfonso 5 24 18.5 2419 2467 0.3 CUARTO $3,000.00
5 16 Tinajero Tristan, Dante 5 22.5 18 2128 2565 2.12 QUINTO $2,000.00
6 10 Morales Garcia, Sergio Jos 5 21.5 17 2280 2383 0.4
7 14 Mendoza, Gandara Jose Davi 5 18 16.5 2161 2396 0.6 MEJOR CHH $1,000.00

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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.