Sunday, March 30, 2008
Harvey has some of the positions in which Yifan has shown her tactical prowess at: http://www.chess.com/article/view/young-superstars-hou-yifan (Can you find the tactical solutions which Yifan found?) Here some other puzzles Harvey has made from Yifan games:
Can Yifan surpass Judit Polgar? Participate in the poll at the bottom of my blog.
(1)8th Bangkok Chess Open:official tournament website:http://www.bangkokchess.com/ The top-rated player in this event is Varuzhan Akobian of the USA (elo: 2599) His official website is at: http://www.akobian.com/ .He won the 2007 World Open and was born in Armenia, and according to Wikipedia, "Akopian began playing chess at age 5, when his family moved to Mongolia, as a way of dealing with the "bad" weather."
(2) Intomarkt GfK Open 2008-to be played in Hilversum Ned. from April 5th-13th:GM Humpy Koneru played in last year's tournament. Official tournament website:http://www.hsghilversum.nl/hsgopen2008
(3) 10th Dubai Open 2008 this 9-round swiss open will be played from April 5-15th in Dubai UAE. Website:http://www.arabfide.com/DO2008
(4) Balagne Open International 2008 : Chinese GM Ni Hu won last year's event. This tournament runs from April 6th-12th (9-round swiss). Website:http://balagnachess.free.fr/
(5)9th European Individual Chess Championship: An 11-round swiss with a prize fund of 140,000 Euros. This event is being played in Plovdid, Bulgaria from April 20th-May 4th. The official tournament website is at: www.chessbg.com; www.eicc2008.com (not accessible at this time).
(6) XXI Open Internacional Villa de Benidorm 2008- A 10- round swiss tournament being played from April 25th-May 4th in Benidorm, Spain. Official website:http://www.chessbenidorm.com/en/?Edition_2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
" The Women's World Chess Championship was scheduled to be held in Argentina from June 18 to July 11 this year. It is a knock-out event ." However, the Argentineans have backed out of holding the Championship FIDE President Ilyumzhinov was able to gain a new location when Ali Nihat Yazici, President of the Turkish Chess Federation and Turkish Minister of Sports Murat Başesgioğlu indicated that they were willing to stage the event in Turkey. Let us hope that the Turkish bid becomes a reality. Source:http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=4531
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
"Rapid production of the Alberta oilsands will account for nearly half of the projected rise in greenhouse gas emissions in Canada by 2010, making it the country's fastest growing source of pollution, according to data released ...by the Pembina Institute."
And yet the Stelmach government has no desire to change their perspective on greenhouse gas emissions, which will have effects on all wildlife and plants in Alberta as well as on us human beings!
The top-rated player in the tournament is GM Wang Yue of China (elo 2698). The following women are participants in the event: GM GM Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria (elo 2464),WGM/IM Ketevan Arakhmia-Grant of Scotland (elo 2457), WGM/IM Tania Sachdev of India (elo 2421), WGM/IM Elisabeth Paehtz of Germany (elo 2420), WGM/IM Jana Jackova (elo 2375),WGM/IM Tatjana Vasilevich of the Úkraíne (elo 2370), WGM Anna Zozulia Belgía 2344, WIM Katerina Nemcova (elo 2342),WGM Sarai Sanchez Castillo Venesúela (elo 2312), WIM Ellen Hagesaether (elo 2234), WIM Christin Anderson (elo 2194), WFM Simona Limontaite (elo 2152), WFM Steil-Antoni, Fiona Lúxemborg (elo 2122) and Elsa Maria Kristinardóttir (elo 1721). This tournament is a nine-round event. The official tournament website is at:http://skaksamband.is/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=5752&Itemid=418
Sunday, March 2, 2008
1. Sweden 3 3 0 0 20.0 6
2. England 3 2 0 1 14.0 4
3. Latvia 3 0 1 2 13.5 1
4. Norway 3 0 1 2 12.5
by 1. Match points and 2. Individual points. To see the performance of the individual participants go to the official tournament website.
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Thoughts worth thinking about
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.