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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Topalov wins game 2

Game 2 of the Candidates match to see who plays WC Anand for the WC title was played today in Bulgaria. The game started with Kamsky having the white pieces. He played the Ruy Lopez opening, and seemed to be surprised when Topalov responded with the Berlin Defense (made famous by Kramnik in his WC match victory over Kasparov). Kamsky seemed unprepared to meet this defense (even though according to my chessbase database he has played against it six times in his career), as he spent a great deal of time in the opening and middle game, which caused him to be in severe time pressure for much of the game. Kamsky had played a game in the variation which Topalov chose in this game (against Winants in 1992), but apparently Kamsky had forgotten how to proceed against this line. As a result, he not only lost any advantage he had, by playing White after drawing game one, but now he finds himself behind a game in the match with six games to go in the match. Tommorrow is a rest day, giving Kamsky time to regroup. I have posted analysis of this game below, I used Deep Rybka 3 to analyze this game. Strangely the program did not assign any ?! (dubious), or ? (mistake) annotations to any of Kamsky moves. This is in contrast to the analysis of this game done by GM Marin at the website (link: Game 3 in the match will be played on Thursday. Will Topalov once again play the Queen's Gambit, and will Kamsky once again essay the Grunfeld Defense? Stay tuned.

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"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.