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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Recent Chess News

GM's Vassily Ivanchuk, and Peter Leko, two of the strongest chess players in the world, played a played a 6 game rapid match in Mukachevo , Ukraine from January 3rd-5th .The match was 6 games in total and was played at a time control of 25 min/game + 10 sec per move. The final result of the match was a victory for Ivanchuk by a score of 3.5-2.5. The two players had played a similar match in October 2007 which was drawn. The official tournament website for the match is You can download the games by going to:

Another rapid event was recently held in Gjovik Norway, with the participants being:Magnus Carlsen,Peter Svidler,Hiraru Nakamura, and Kjetil Lie. Svidler defeated Carlsen in the final.Source:

The annual Hastings Chess Congress took place from December 28th 2008 January 5 2009, in Hastings, England with GM Igor Kurnosov winning with a score of 7.5/9. source:

The 51st Reggio Emilia Tournament occurred from December 27th 2008 to January 4, 2009. GM Ni Hua of China won the tournament with a score of 7.5/9 source:

The Groningen Chess Festival took place from December 21st- December 30th, 2008. GM Gagunashvili, Merab of the Republic of Georgia won on a tie break over IM Robin Swinkels of the Netherlands and GM Arkadij Rotstein of Germany. All had finished the event with scores of 7 points. source:

Congratulations to GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly who won the 46th Indian National A Championship for men took place in Mangalore GM Ganguly scored 8 points in the twelve-round event. source: GM Ganguly was part of Vishwanathan Anand's team in the recent World Chess Championship.

The World Chess Open was held in Leon, France from December 26th-28th 2008. Two of the strongest chess players in the world participated in this event (Bareev and Shirov) with Bareev winning the event on a tie-break over Shirov and six other players) source:

The XXXVIII Rilton Cup Chess event took place in Stockholm, Sweden from December 27th,2008 to January 5th,2009. GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek of Poland won on a tie-break over Sebastian Bogner of Germany. Both finished the event with identical scores of 7/9. source:

The 18th North American Open was held from December 26th-29th 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. GM Giorgi Kacheishvili won with a score of 6/7. Congratulations to FM Eric Hansen of Calgary, Alberta for placing in ninth place in the open tournament with a score of 5 points. Hansen drew with GM Yury Shulman and defeated IM Justin Sarkar in the event. source: A photo of Eric Hansen playing GM Shulman can be viewed 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.