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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

GM Hikaru Nakamura wins at Cap d'Agde

GM Hikaru Nakamura, (who incidently has recently moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from the United States), won the 2008 Cap d'Agde International Chess tournament, which was held from October 26th-November 1st. Nakamura defeated GM Vassily Ivanchuk of the Ukraine in the final. One interesting game which was played in this event was between prodigies Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Hou Yifan of China. This game took place in round one, with Carlsen prevailing:

[Event "Trophee CCAS GpB"]
[Site "Cap d'Agde FRA"]
[Date "2008.10.26"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Carlsen, M."]
[Black "Hou Yifan"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A17"]
[WhiteElo "2786"]
[BlackElo "2578"]
[PlyCount "103"]
[EventDate "2008.10.26"]
[EventType "tourn (rapid)"]
[EventRounds "7"]
[EventCountry "FRA"]
[EventCategory "16"]
[Source "Mark Crowther"]
[SourceDate "2008.11.03"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3 6. Qxc3 b6 7. e3 Bb7 8.
Be2 d6 9. b4 Ne4 10. Qc2 Nd7 11. Bb2 f5 12. O-O Qe7 13. d4 Rf6 14. d5 Rg6 15.
Nd4 Nf8 16. Rad1 Qh4 17. f4 Rh6 18. h3 Ng3 19. Bf3 Nxf1 20. Rxf1 Rg6 21. dxe6
Bxf3 22. Rxf3 Nxe6 23. Nxf5 Qd8 24. Qe4 Rb8 25. g4 Qd7 26. Qd5 Kh8 27. Kh2 Rf8
28. Rf2 c6 29. Qd3 Nc7 30. e4 d5 31. Be5 Qf7 32. cxd5 cxd5 33. Qc2 Ne8 34. exd5
Qxd5 35. Ne7 Qf7 36. Nxg6+ hxg6 37. g5 Qe6 38. Re2 Qf7 39. b5 Kh7 40. h4 Kh8
41. a4 Qd7 42. Qxg6 Qg4 43. Qd3 Rf7 44. Rg2 Qxh4+ 45. Qh3 Qxh3+ 46. Kxh3 Kg8
47. Rd2 g6 48. Rc2 Re7 49. Rc6 Kf7 50. Kg4 Ng7 51. Rf6+ Ke8 52. Rxg6 1-0

To see the final crosstable for this tournament go to:

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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.