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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Russian victory in the 5th China vs Russia Chess Match

A team of Russia chessplayers defeated China a team of chess players from China in a match held in Ningpo, China from September 18th-23rd. The players played in regular time control games,active time control games and blitz chess games to determine who was superior at playing chess.

The games from this match are available in PGN format from:

Here are some of the results from other chess tournaments which recently concluded:

Four players (GM's Harikrishna,Akobian,Onischuk, and Kritz) tied for first in the 2008 Spice Cup Chess Tournament, which was held from from September 19th-28 at the Texas Tech University Student Union Building. GM Harikrishna of India won the event after tie-break rules were used.

2.Four Nations Chess League
The 2008 edition of the Four Nations Chess League begins play on the October 4/5th weekend. Among those playing in this year's event are GM's Speelman,Chandler,Davies,Mestel, and Michael Adams. It is nice to see that a Canadian is participating, Jan Teplitsky is playing on board 4 for the "White Rose" team. GM Pia Cramling is playing board one for the Wood-Green 1 team. Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant is playing on board 7 for this team.

The official website for the 4NCL is

3.Hungarian Chess Championship
The Men's Hungarian Chess Championship was held from September 12-23rd in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary. Top-ranked GM Zoltan Almási won the championship, defeating third-ranked GM Csaba Balogh by a score of 2.5-1.5 in the final.
Source: Games from this event are available for viewing at:

4.Commonwealth Chess Championship
This year's Commonwealth Chess Championship takes place from September 28th-October 6th in Nagpur, India.The top-rated player in this event is GM Nigel Short of England (elo 2655). After 6 rounds of play, two players are tied for first place: IM Deep Sengupta (2454) and IM Anup Deshmukh (2284) both of India (4 points). The official tournament website for this event is:: Games can be watched live at:

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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.