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Monday, December 29, 2008

FIDE Grand Prix Elist:Final crosstable

GM's Radjabov,Grischuk, and Jakovenko tied for first place at the Elista
Grand Prix Chess Tournament which concluded today, All finished with scores of 8/13
Finishing in fourth place was GM Gashimov with 7.5 points.
FIDE Grand Prix 2008

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
1 Radjabov,T 2751 +40 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 0 8.0/13 83.00
2 Jakovenko,D 2737 +55 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 8.0/13 83.00
3 Grischuk,A 2719 +75 ½ ½ * 0 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 8.0/13 83.00
4 Gashimov,V 2703 +64 ½ ½ 1 * 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 7.5/13
5 Leko,P 2747 -36 ½ ½ 0 1 * ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 6.5/13 84.50
6 Wang Yue 2736 -24 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 6.5/13 84.50
7 Mamedyarov 2731 -19 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 6.5/13 84.50
8 Bacrot,E 2705 +80 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 6.5/13 84.50
9 Kasimdzhanov2672 +44 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ 0 1 1 6.5/13 84.50
10 Cheparinov,I 2696 -8 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 * 0 1 1 1 6.0/13
11 Eljanov,P 2720 -61 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 * 1 ½ 1 5.5/13 85.50
12 Alekseev,Evy 2715 -56 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 0 * 1 ½ 5.5/13 85.50
13 Akopian,Vl 2679 -45 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 * ½ 5.0/13 86.00
14 Inarkiev,E 2669 -34 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ * 5.0/13 86.00

Average elo: 2712 <=> Category: 19
gm = 4.68 m = 2.08

Saturday, December 27, 2008

FIDE Grand Prix Elista

Three players are tied for first place with one round to go in this tournament. GM's Jakovenko, GM Radjavbov and GM Grischuk are all tied with 7.5 points. Here are the pairings for the last round of play. Grischuk has to be favoured to win as he has the white pieces in the final round while Jakovenko and Radjabov have to play the Black pieces:

Round 13 28 December 2008
Name Rtg Name Rtg
Gashimov Vugar 2703 - Kasimzhanov Rustam 2672
Eljanov Pavel 2720 - Inarkiev Ernesto 2669
Alexeev Evgeny 2715 - Jakovenko Dmitry 2737
Wang Yue 2736 - Leko Peter 2747
Akopian Vladimir 2679 - Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731
Grischuk Alexander2719 - Radjabov Teimour 2751
Cheparinov Ivan 2696 - Bacrot Etienne 2705

Topalov wins Pearl Spring Super GM tournament

GM Veselin Topalov scored 7 points in the ten-round Pearl Spring GM Chess tournament which was played in from December 10th - 22nd in Nanjing, China. Here is the final crosstable which I created using the Chessbase 10 program:

Pearl Spring 2008

1 2 3 4 5 6
1 Topalov,V 2791 +99 ** ½1 ½½ 11 ½1 ½½ 7.0/10
2 Aronian,L 2757 +27 ½0 ** ½½ ½½ 11 ½½ 5.5/10
3 Bu Xiangzhi 2714 +44 ½½ ½½ ** ½0 ½0 11 5.0/10
4 Svidler,P 2727 -5 00 ½½ ½1 ** ½½ 01 4.5/10
5 Ivanchuk,V 2786 -112 ½0 00 ½1 ½½ ** ½½ 4.0/10 52.00
6 Movsesian,S 2732 -47 ½½ ½½ 00 10 ½½ ** 4.0/10 52.00

Average elo: 2751 <=> Category: 21
gm = 3.00 m = 1.00


This tournament was a category 21 tournament which makes it one of the strongest chess tournaments of all time. Topalov performed at an elo of 2890. A "performance rating" is a hypothetical rating that would result from the games of a single event only. A performance rating for an event is calculated by taking (1) the rating of each player beaten and adding 400, (2) the rating of each player lost to and subtracting 400, (3) the rating of each player drawn, and (4) summing these figures and dividing by the number of games played.

FIDE Grand Prix Elista:Round results 4-12

Here are the results from rounds 4 and up:

Round 4 (December 17, 2008)

Radjabov, Teimour- Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ½-½ 25 B08 Pirc Defence
Grischuk, Alexander - Inarkiev, Ernesto ½-½ 22 D17 Slav Defence
Bacrot, Etienne - Lékó, Peter 1-0 31 B19 Caro Kann
Wang Yue - Eljanov, Pavel 1-0 75 D38 QGD Ragozin
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam - Alekseev, Evgeny 0-1 34 E58 Nimzo Indian
Cheparinov, Ivan - Jakovenko, Dmitry ½-½ 51 E06 Catalan
Akopian, Vladimir - Gashimov, Vugar ½-½ 34 C42 Petroff's

Round 5 (December 18, 2008)

Jakovenko, Dmitry - Bacrot, Etienne ½-½ 38 C67 Ruy Lopez
Gashimov, Vugar - Grischuk, Alexander 1-0 64 B97 Sicilian Najdorf
Lékó, Peter - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 49 B76 Sicilian Modern Dragon
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Kasimdzhanov, Rustam ½-½ 31 E21 Nimzo Indian 4.Nf3
Inarkiev, Ernesto - Cheparinov, Ivan 0-1 29 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Alekseev, Evgeny - Wang Yue ½-½ 68 B30 Sicilian Rossolimo
Eljanov, Pavel - Akopian, Vladimir ½-½ 25 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit

Round 6 (December 20, 2008)

Radjabov, Teimour - Jakovenko, Dmitry ½-½ 32 C42 Petroff's Defence

Grischuk, Alexander - Eljanov, Pavel 1-0 79 C67 Ruy Lopez

Bacrot, Etienne - Inarkiev, Ernesto ½-½ 38 C89 Ruy Lopez Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Lékó, Peter ½-½ 110 E12 Queens Indian
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam - Wang Yue ½-½ 37 D11 Slav Defence
Cheparinov, Ivan - Gashimov, Vugar ½-½ 68 C42 Petroff's Defence
Akopian, Vladimir - Alekseev, Evgeny 0-1 61 C95 Ruy Lopez

Round 7 (December 21, 2008)

Jakovenko, Dmitry - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ½-½ 57 D81 Gruenfeld Botvinnik

Gashimov, Vugar - Bacrot, Etienne ½-½ 31 B35 Sicilian Defence

Lékó, Peter - Kasimdzhanov, Rustam ½-½ 40 B90 Sicilian Najdorf
Wang Yue - Akopian, Vladimir ½-½ 46 D11 Slav Defence
Inarkiev, Ernesto- Radjabov, Teimour 1-0 62 B76 Sicilian Modern Dragon
Alekseev, Evgeny - Grischuk, Alexander 0-1 50 E60 King's Indian without Nc3

Eljanov, Pavel - Cheparinov, Ivan 1-0 125 D12 Slav Defence

Round 8 (December 22, 2008)

Radjabov, Teimour - Gashimov, Vugar ½-½ 24 E21 Nimzo Indian

Grischuk, Alexander - Wang Yue 1-0 37 D17 Slav Defence
Bacrot, Etienne - Eljanov, Pavel ½-½ 60 B33 Sicilian Sveshnikov

Lékó, Peter - Jakovenko, Dmitry ½-½ 49 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Inarkiev, Ernesto ½-½ 51 D10 Slav Defence
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam - Akopian, Vladimir 1-0 35 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Cheparinov, Ivan - Alekseev, Evgeny 1-0 35 C95 Ruy Lopez Breyer

Round 9 (December 23, 2008)
Jakovenko, Dmitry - Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 1-0 34 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation

Gashimov, Vugar - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 1-0 32 B63 Sicilian Rauzer

Wang Yue - Cheparinov, Ivan 1-0 39 E95 King's Indian Classical

Inarkiev, Ernesto - Lékó, Peter ½-½ 34 C89 Ruy Lopez Marshall

Alekseev, Evgeny - Bacrot, Etienne ½-½ 25 E10 Blumenfeld Counter Gambit

Akopian, Vladimir - Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ 33 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation

Eljanov, Pavel - Radjabov, Teimour 0-1 40 E99 King's Indian Classical

Round 10 (December 25, 2008)
Jakovenko, Dmitry - Inarkiev, Ernesto 1-0 58 D11 Slav Defence
Radjabov, Teimour - Alekseev, Evgeny 1-0 54 A13 Reti Opening
Bacrot, Etienne - Wang Yue ½-½ 47 D10 Slav Defence
Lékó, Peter - Gashimov, Vugar 1-0 57 C42 Petroff's Defence
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Eljanov, Pavel 1-0 41 D30 Queen's Gambit (without Nc3)
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam - Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ 32 D15 Slav Defence
Cheparinov, Ivan - Akopian, Vladimir 1-0 59 D18 Slav Defence

Round 11 (December 26, 2008)
Grischuk, Alexander - Cheparinov, Ivan ½-½ 66 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit

Gashimov, Vugar - Jakovenko, Dmitry ½-½ 55 B19 Caro Kann

Wang Yue - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 46 E92 King's Indian Classical

Inarkiev, Ernesto - Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 0-1 86 C92 Ruy Lopez Chigorin

Alekseev, Evgeny - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ½-½ 41 B31 Sicilian Rossolimo

Akopian, Vladimir - Bacrot, Etienne ½-½ 77 B31 Sicilian Rossolimo

Eljanov, Pavel - Lékó, Peter ½-½ 70 E15 Queens Indian


Round 12 (December 27, 2008)

Jakovenko, Dmitry - Eljanov, Pavel ½-½ 19 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed

Radjabov, Teimour - Akopian, Vladimir ½-½ 19 C45 Scotch Game

Bacrot, Etienne - Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ 14 D20 QGA

Lékó, Peter - Alekseev, Evgeny ½-½ 28 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin

Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Wang Yue ½-½ 35 D10 Slav Defence

Kasimdzhanov, Rustam - Cheparinov, Ivan 1-0 46 E92 King's Indian Classical

Inarkiev, Ernesto - Gashimov, Vugar ½-½ 31 C42 Petroff's Defence

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

FIDE Grand Prix Elista:Round 3 results

Here are the results from the first 3 rounds of play in the FIDE Grand Prix Event being played in Elista:

Round 1 14 December 2008

Name Rtg Result Name Rtg
Bacrot Etienne 2705 0.5-0.5 Kasimzhanov Rustam 2672
Radjabov Teimour 2751 0.5-0.5 Cheparinov Ivan 2696
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731 0.5-0.5 Grischuk Alexander 2719
Leko Peter 2747 0.5-0.5 Akopian Vladimir 2679
Jakovenko Dmitry 2737 1-0 Wang Yue 2736
Inarkiev Ernesto 2669 0.5-0.5 Alexeev Evgeny 2715
Gashimov Vugar 2703 1-0 Eljanov Pavel 2720

Round 2 15 December 2008

Name Rtg Result Name Rtg
Kasimzhanov Rustam 2672 0.5-0.5 Eljanov Pavel 2720
Alexeev Evgeny 2715 0.5-0.5 Gashimov Vugar 2703
Wang Yue 2736 0.5-0.5 Inarkiev Ernesto 2669
Akopian Vladimir 2679 0.5-0.5 Jakovenko Dmitry 2737
Grischuk Alexander 2719 1-0 Leko Peter 2747
Cheparinov Ivan 2696 0.5-0.5 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731
Bacrot Etienne 2705 0-1 Radjabov Teimour 2751

Round 3 16 December 2008

Name Rtg Result Name Rtg
Radjabov Teimour 2751 1-0 Kasimzhanov Rustam 2672
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731 0.5-0.5 Bacrot Etienne 2705
Leko Peter 2747 1-0 Cheparinov Ivan 2696
Jakovenko Dmitry 2737 0.5-0.5 Grischuk Alexander 2719
Inarkiev Ernesto 2669 0.5-0.5 Akopian Vladimir 2679
Gashimov Vugar 2703 0.5-0.5 Wang Yue 2736
Eljanov Pavel 2720 1-0 Alexeev Evgeny 2715



Here are the pairings for round 4:

Round 4 17 December 2008

Name Rtg Name Rtg
Kasimzhanov Rustam 2672 - Alexeev Evgeny 2715
Wang Yue 2736 - Eljanov Pavel 2720
Akopian Vladimir 2679 - Gashimov Vugar 2703
Grischuk Alexander 2719 - Inarkiev Ernesto 2669
Cheparinov Ivan 2696 - Jakovenko Dmitry 2737
Bacrot Etienne 2705 - Leko Peter 2747
Radjabov Teimour 2751 - Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731

Topalov and Xiangzhi lead at Pearl Spring Super GM

GM's Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria and Bu Xiangzhi of China share the lead after six rounds of the Pearl Spring Super GM Chess Tournament. In today's action, Topalov defeated Levin Aronian and Xiangzhi defeated Sergei Movsesian. In the other game in round 6, GM Peter Svidler and GM Vassily Ivanchuk drew their game in 39 moves. Here are the standings after 6 rounds of play:



The games from this tournament are available for download from http://www.chesscenter.com/twic/twic.html

Standings after 6 rounds:

Rating Score Performance rating
1-2. Topalov Veselin 2791 4.0 2870
1-2. Bu Xiangzhi 2714 4.0 2879

3. Aronian Levon 2757 3.0 2756

4-5. Ivanchuk Vassily 2786 2.5 2684
4-5. Movsesian Sergei 2732 2.5 2691

6. Svidler Peter 2727 2.0 2636

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Nadezhda Kosintseva wins the Russian Women's Championship

WGM/IM Nadezhda Kosintseva won the 2008 Russian Women's Chess Championship, which concluded in Moscow on December 14th. Kosintseva scored 6.5 points in the nine-round event, for a performance rating of 2593. Anastasia Bodnaruk finished second on a tie-break with Tatiana Kosintseva (Nadezhada's sister) both ended the event with identical scores of 5.5 points. Congratulations to Nadezhda!

FIDE Grand Prix Elista

The FIDE is holding an elite tournament in Elista for half of December (December 13th-29th). Some of the players who were invited to the invite decided to boycott this event. These players, members of the Association of Chess Professionals, have stated that they are upset with the fact that the FIDE imposed changes in the World Chess Championship cycle, which are not fair to the players. I believe that the players are right in this case, and unfortunately it is going to affect the financial status of the players who decided to withdraw from the Grand Prix. According to a letter released by the ACP, "the ACP therefore suggests that FIDE regularly consults with top players on all essential questions such as the World Championship."

The ACP issued a press release to the media. To read it go to: http://www.chesscenter.com/twic/acpgp161208.html

Israeli International Chess Tournament

GM Boris Avrukh won the Israeli International Chess Championship, on a tie-break over GMs Ilia Smirin, Victor Mikhalevski and Maxim Rodstein. All of these players had finished the event with identical scores of 6.5 points. I believe it is wrong to determine the winner of such a prestigious event using tie-breaks. However what is a fair way to decide the winner? Surely not using an Armageddon playoff which was used to decide last year's US Women's Chess Champion. In case you haven't seen what happened in last year's US Women's Chess Championship watch this video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNQjXHjRkNQ

Final Scores at the Israeli International Chess Tournament:

*34th ch-ISR Haifa * (ISR), 1-12 xii 2008
1-4 Avrukh, Boris 2657 2720 6.5 48.5
Smirin, Ilia 2649 2657 6.5 48.0
Mikhalevski, Victor 2602 2609 6.5 44.5
Rodshtein, Maxim 2609 2610 6.5 44.0
5-7 Huzman, Alexander 2590 2594 6 44.5
Bykhovsky, Anatoly 2447 2490 6 44.5
Lerner, Konstantin 2542 2573 6 42.5
8-11 Postny, Evgeny 2674 2682 5.5 48.5
Vydeslaver, Alik 2399 2421 5.5 47.0
Nabaty, Tamir 2456 2482 5.5 43.0
Klenburg, Mikhail 2403 2406 5.5 42.0
12-16 Golod, Vitaly 2584 2590 5 48.5
Baron, Tal 2299 2367 5 45.0
Greenfeld, Alon 2560 2561 5 42.0
Tseitlin, Mark 2437 2427 5 41.5
Raznikov, Danny 2251 2366 5 38.0

source:The Week in Chess 736

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

2008 Pearl Spring Chess Tournament

The Pearl Spring Chess Tournament is about to start in Nanjing, China. The tournament will be held from December 10th-22nd and features a total prize fund as high as €250,000 with a 1st place prize of €80,000!! Players participating the event are: Veselin Topalov from Bulgaria (Elo rating 2791, ranked first in the world); Vassily Ivanchuk from Ukraine (Elo rating 2786, raked third in the world); Levon Aronian from Armenia (Elo rating 2757, ranked seventh in the world); Sergei Movsesian from Slovakia (Elo rating 2732, ranked thirteenth in the world); Peter Svidler from Russia (Elo rating 2727, ranked seventeenth in the world); Bu Xiangzhi from China (Elo rating 2714, ranked twenty-sixth in the world). The official tournament website is:
http://www.chess-pearlspring.com/

Dresden Chess Olympiad:Final Standings

The Chess Olympiad took place in Dresden Germany from November12th-25th 2008. Armenia once again showed its power in Men's chess by retaining its title from the last Olympiad. Here are the top-placing teams in the Men's event:

Rg. Team
1 Armenia ARM
2 Israel ISR
3 United States of America USA
4 Ukraine UKR
5 Russia RUS
6 Azerbaijan AZE
7 China CHN
8 Hungary HUN
9 Vietnam VIE
10 Spain ESP 11
11 Georgia GEO

Well at least one team from the Western World, was near the top at the end: the USA team although none of the players on the Mens' team were born in the US: Kamsky,Nakamra,Onischuk,Shulman,and Akopian were all born outside the US. The Canadian Men's Chess Olympiad team finished in 27th place (after tie-breaks).With a better tie-break the Men's team could have finished as high as 18th place.Here are some statistics relating to the Men's Olympiad team for this Olympiad:

27. Canada
Bo. Name Rtg Pts. Games Rp
1 GM Bluvshtein Mark 2557 5 9 2429
2 GM Charbonneau Pas.2499 6 9 2500
3 IM Zugic Igor 2457 7 10 2395
4 IM Roussel-Roozmon Thomas 6 8 2366
2486
5 IM Noritsyn Nikolay 2372 6 8 2413

So, only two members of the team performed at or above their rating for this tournament, Charbonneau performed at an elo of 2500 (his elo entering the event was 2499), and Noritsyn performed at an elo of 2413 (his elo entering this event was 2372).
Here are the players in the Men's Olympiad who had the highest rating performances:

The best players sorted according Rp,Pts,games,%,board (Final Ranking after 11 Rounds)
No. Name Rtg Team Rp Pts.Games % Board played.
1 GM Sargissian Gabriel 2642 Armenia 2869 9.0 11 81.8 3
2 GM Leko Peter 2747 Hungary 2834 7.5 10 75.0 1
3 GM Gelfand Boris 2719 Israel 2833 7,5 10 75.0 1
4 GM Topalov Veselin 2791 Bulgaria 2821 6.5 8 81.3 1
5 GM Akopian Vladimir 2679 Armenia 2813 8.0 11 72.7 2
6 GM Vallejo Pons F. 2664 Spain 2807 9.0 11 81.8 2
7 GM Movsesian Sergei 2732 Slovakia 2794 7.0 9 77.8 1
8 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2737 Russia 2794 7.0 9 77.8 5
9 GM Blagojevic Dragisa 2522 Montenegro 2792 8.0 9 88.9 4
10 GM Delchev Aleksander 2632 Bulgaria 2788 8.0 9 88.9 4

In the Women's event,the team from the Republic of Georgia won the event (winning on a tie-break over the Ukraine):

Final Ranking after 11 Rounds
1 Georgia
2 Ukraine
3 United States of America
4 Russia
5 Poland
6 Armenia
7 Serbia
8 China
9 Israel
10 Belarus
11 Romania
12 Italy

Again as in the Men's event, all of the players representing the United States in the Women's Chess Olympiad were born outside of the USA. The Canadian Women's Olympiad team finished in 65th place (the team's ranking entering the event was 53rd.) With a better tie-break the Canadian Women's team could have finished as high as 63rd place. Here are some statistics relating to the Women's team and their performance at the Dresden, Olympiad:

65. Canada
Bo. Name Rg Points Games Rp
1 WIM Khoudgarian Natalia 2149 3.5 9 2049
2 WFM Yuan Yuanling 2157 6.5 10 2180
3 WFM Kagramanov Dina 2118 5.5 9 2018
4 WFM Smith Hazel 2057 3.5 8 1833
5 Barron Irina 2071 5.0 8 1928

The above statistics indicate that all of the members of the Canadian Women's team underperformed in the Dresden Olympiad (Rp refers to the Rating performance of a player in a tournament, which is based upon the number of wins,losses and draws the player has, as well as the rating of the opponents a player plays in an event).

Here are the best performances in the Women's Chess Olympiad:

No. Name Rtg Team Rp Pts. Games % Board played.
1 GM Chiburdanidze Maia 2489 Georgia 2715 7.5 9 83.3 1
2 WIM Majdan Joanna 2284 Poland 2621 9.5 11 86.4 4
3 IM Fierro Baquero M. 2361 Ecuador 2613 7.5 8 93.8 1
4 IM Kosintseva Nadezhda 2468 Russia 2591 8.5 10 85.0 3
5 IM Zatonskih Anna 2440 USA 2571 8.0 10 80.0 2
6 IM Khukhashvili S. 2409 Georgia 2564 6.0 7 85.7 5
7 WGM Hou Yifan 2578 China 2563 7.5 11 68.2 1
8 IM Socko Monika 2434 Poland 2563 6.5 10 65.2 1
9 WGM Zhukova Natalia 2488 Ukraine 2553 7.0 10 70.0 2
10 IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2443 Armenia 2549 8.0 11 72.7 2

Chess is definitely one of the most difficult games to become good at, and these ratings show how talented and hard-working the top players in the World are. To score 8 points in 11 games (as Lilith Mkrtchian did for example in this event and "only" finish in 10th place among all players shows how difficult it is to get a high rating in chess).

These statistics were taken from: http://chessresults.com

Israeli International Chess Tournament

The Israeli International Chess Tournament is being held in Haifa from November 30-December 12,2008. This is a category 15 event, with 10 Grandmasters participating
(listed by rating):Roiz, Michael ISR 2659,Moiseenko, Alexander UKR 2643, Avrukh, Boris ISR 2628,Postny, Evgeny ISR 2627,Macieja, Bartlomiej POL 2617,Smirin, Ilia ISR 2616
Rodshtein, Maxim ISR 2614,Gyimesi, Zoltan HUN 2605,Khenkin, Igor GER 2602,
Kogan, Artur ISR 2591

A disturbing tendency in chess is occurring. Tournaments are now being broadcast at 3rd party websites, which require a person download a program in order to watch the games live.What happened to live broadcasting from tournament websites? For example, the Israeli International Chess Tournament can only be watched live by going to PlayE4.com and using their program. It is great that the administrators of PlayE4.com have created a PGN file of each round of the Israeli International Chess Tournament, so a person can play through the games using his or her own computer and chess program. Thank you PlayE4.com

Ivanchuk wins at Benidorm

GM Vasily Ivanchuk of the Ukraine captured first place at the VII Festival Internacional de Ajedrez chess tournament which was played in in Benidorm, Spain.

VII Stars Benidorm (ESP), 5-8 xii 2008 cat. XIII (2564)
1. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2786 8 2760
2. Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2726 7½ 2725
3. Tiviakov, Sergei g NED 2686 5½ 2576
4. Lahno, Kateryna g UKR 2488 4 2507
5. Vila Gazquez, Xavier m ESP 2422 3 2443
6. Vega Gutierrez, Sabrina wg ESP 2278 2 2381

This tournament was part of a large chess festival in Benidorm.It was 10 rounds in duration, and the time control was 90 minutes/game + 30 seconds/move.

For more information go to:http://www.chessbenidorm.com/

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The modern chess engine

Computer programmers have to be admired.They have been able to create programs which add to our enjoyment and happiness of life. Even now, new programs are able to defeat the best chess players, and best checker players in the world. Some programmers are even testing their poker programs against the top poker players in the world, to see if these programs can be written and learn from their mistakes (like some chess programs can do). For the average chess player, these new chess programs are a great benefit. They can be set on an analysis mode, so that the player can analyze where the good moves and the bad moves were played. A sample of the features of a chess analysis program,such as the one found in chessbase products such as Fritz is now found here on my website by playing through the game between Tal and Alburt by going to this link:
http://www.chessdiscussion.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1293 I analyzed this game using the chess analysis component of Deep Hiarcs.

Monday, December 1, 2008

I thought Canada was a democratic country?

As I come back to my blog, I am deeply saddened by the political events which have occurred in Canada in the last few days. As far as I am concerned, today, December 1,2008 will always be remembered by me, and all Canadians as a day of infamy for Canada. I say this due to the secret negotiations which went on in Canada's parliament between the leaders of the Federal Liberal Party, the National Democratic Party and the Party Quebecois. In an event unprecedented in Canadian history, the leaders of these three parties agreed to rule Canada as a coalition, if the ruling Conservative Party of Canada minority Government is defeated in a non-confidence motion in Parliament.

It is interesting to remember that Stephane Dion was urging New Democrats to vote Liberal to 'stop Harper, before the last Federal election. Yet, more than once this campaign, the Liberal leader has claimed that he would not co-operate with the NDP in the House of Commons to stop Harper. (I guess the fact that Dion has co-operated with the NDP to possibly form a coalition government, which would rule Canada, if Harper's Government is defeated in a non-confidence vote in Parliament, says it all about Dion!!) Where are your morals Mr. Dion? Why did a press person in your party respond to an email I sent your party, by saying that what happened to today in Canada would not happen?

Ironically, Dion forced the members of his own caucus to abstain from many votes during the last parliament, and this permitted Harper do whatever he wanted. So in reality, it was because the Liberals did not act in the best interests of Canadians, that Harper got away with what he wanted to, and this lead to the problems in Canada. And now, if the PC's are kicked out as ruling Federal party of Canada, it will be Dion who is rewarded for allowing Harper to do what he wanted, and it is Dion and Harper who hurt Canadians and all of Canada!!

And what say to Canadians have in this matter? None. Why should we be forced to accept such an unbelievably obvious bloodless coup of the ruling Federal Tories? The ruling parties, their leaders and their policies are supposed to reflect the interests of the majority of the Canadian population. I do not believe for one minute that the majority of Canadians are interested in another Federal Government lead by the Liberal Party of Canada.

And what about Bob Rae? Rae at one time was the leader of the Ontario Democratic Party of Canada (NDP), and yet today he announced:

"he has officially entered the race to replace Liberal Leader Stephane Dion.
The Toronto MP and former Ontario NDP premier filed his nomination papers with the party early Monday." (source: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/indepth/id_liberals/s/capress/081201/national/liberal_leadership_5)

All of these actions of course simply reinforce the belief among those of us interested in following the political systems of the world, that politicans can not be trusted to listen to the people who voted them into office.

Can Canadians trust Dion? I certainly can't after all the truth about him is very revealing:

"Dion was involved with the sovereignty movement, (a political movement aimed at attaining independent statehood (sovereignty) for the Canadian province of Quebec),
first as a teenager attending a Jesuit college in Quebec City,[7], and later as a university student campaigning for Parti Québécois candidate Louise Beaudoin in the 1976 election." (source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St%C3%A9phane_Dion).
Dion had a prominent role within the Chrétien administration at the time of the sponsorship scandal, and his position as "National Unity" minister (an unofficial term for the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs) made him a figure of particular interest to the subsequent Commission of Inquiry into the Sponsorship Program and Advertising Activities (the Gomery Commission). He stated before the Gomery Commission that although in mid-2001 he was aware of the disproportionately large percentage of sponsorship funds going to Quebec, he was never directly involved in the administration of the program.(source: Gomery, John H. (January 25, 2005). "Volume 62" (not available), Commission of Inquiry into the Sponsorship Program and Advertising Activities, pp. 10897-10909. Retrieved on 3 December 2006.)

Politicans have too much say and influence in our world. The fact that Bay Street stocks incurred an awful beating today, despite the news that the Canadian economy had posted its strongest growth in a year, supports this claim I just made.It was due to the irresponsible and selfish actions of the three party leaders that the stock market crashed today. In regards to Canada's present Federal politicans, I will let this expert's comments stand as judgement against them:

""The more time Canada's leaders spend arguing over the reins of power, the less energy and time is expended on finding workable solutions to the global economic crisis at hand," warned Mark Frey, vice-president foreign exchange trading at Custom House, a Victoria-based international payments firm." (source:http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=1018151)

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I will let some the perceptions of some famous people concerning politicans (some of them politicans themselves) end this entry to my blog:

“A politician will do anything to keep his job - even become a patriot.”-
William Randolph

“There is one sure way of telling when politicians aren't telling the truth - their lips move.”- Felicity Kendall

“Politicians are a set of men who have interests aside from the interests of the people and who, to say the most of them, are, taken as a mass, at least one long step removed from honest men.”- Abraham Lincoln

"All of us who are concerned for peace and triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field." ~Albert Einstein

"Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber." ~Plato

And of course the most relevent quote of all: "Absolute Power corrupts absolutely"-John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton.

In the wrong hands, power can be a very dangerous tool."So what exactly does corrupt mean to us? Simply, corrupt means to move from good morals to bad moral. Sometimes, corrupt people don't understand right from wrong. If they do, they choose to do morally wrong behavior anyway. (source:http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/272722/power_corrupts_does_absolute_power.html?page=2&cat=75)

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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.