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Saturday, January 10, 2009

71st Corus Chess tournament

The 71st Corus Chess Tournament is going to be played in Wijk aan Zee,The Netherlands from January 16, to February 1st, 2008. Here are the names of the participants:

Participants grandmaster group A
World rank
Name Country Rating
GM Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2779 3
GM Magnus Carlsen NOR 2776 4
GM Alexander Morozevich RUS 2771 5
GM Teymour Radjabov AZE 2761 6
GM Sergei Movsesian SVK 2751 10
GM Levon Aronian ARM 2750 11
GM Wang Yue CHN 2739 13
GM Gata Kamsky USA 2725 17
GM Leinier Dominguez CUB 2717 23
GM Michael Adams ENG 2712 24
GM Sergei Karjakin UKR 2706 27
GM Loek van Wely NED 2625
GM Daniel Stellwagen NED 2612
GM Jan Smeets NED 2601

This will be a category 19 tournament.

Participants grandmaster group B

Name Country Rating
GM Krishnan Sasikiran IND 2711
GM Francisco Vallejo Pons ESP 2702
GM Zahar Efimenko UKR 2688
GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov UZB 2687
GM Alexander Motylev RUS 2676
GM Andrei Volokitin UKR 2671
GM Nigel Short ENG 2663
GM Fabiano Caruana ITA 2646
GM David Navara CZE 2638
GM Jan Werle NED 2607
GM Erwin l'Ami NED 2603
WGM Hou Yifan CHN 2571
GM Henrique Mecking BRA 2567
GM Dimitri Reinderman NED 2549

This will be a category 16 tournament. Lastly here is a list of the participants in Grandmaster Group C:

Participants grandmaster group C


NameCountryRating

GMWesley SoPHI2627

GMDavid HowellENG2622

GMTiger Hillarp PerssonSWE2586

GMAbhijeet GuptaIND2569

GMFriso NijboerNED2560

GMManuel Leon HoyosMEX2542

GMOleg RomanishinUKR2533

GMEduardo IturrizagaVEN2528

GMFrank HolzkeGER2524

WGMDronavalli HarikaIND2473

FMAnish GiriRUS2469

IMRoeland PruijssersNED2444

IMManuel BosboomNED2418

IMAli BitalzadehNED2400


Average rating: 2521
Category: 11

Sadly, Judit Polgar will not be playing in this year's event, and only two women have been invited to play: WGM Hou Yifan of China, and WGM/IM Harika Dronavalli of India. In previous years more women players had been invited into the top 3 sections of the event. I wonder why the organizing committe for this year's event decided to cut back on the number of women invited into the top sections?

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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.