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Friday, March 6, 2009

10th European Individual Women's Championship

The 10th European Women's Chess Championship begins on Saturday in St. Petersberg, Russia. There are 174 players competing in this event, and here are the top-rated players:

Last name
First name
1 Muzychuk Anna SLO 2540 14111330 m
2 Dzagnidze Nana GEO 2518 13601903 g
3 Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan SCO 2500 13600168 m
4 Ushenina Anna UKR 2499 14110911 m
5 Kosintseva Tatiana RUS 2497 4133471 m
6 Zhukova Natalia UKR 2490 14101513 wg
7 Lahno Kateryna UKR 2488 14109336 g
8 Kosintseva Nadezhda RUS 2486 4134974 m
9 Hoang Thanh Trang HUN 2483 12400149 g
10 Pogonina Natalija RUS 2467 4147855 wg
11 Peng Zhaoqin NED 2461 1004786 g
12 Mkrtchian Lilit ARM 2460 13300601 m
13 Paehtz Elisabeth GER 2455 4641833 m
14 Romanko Marina RUS 2451 4149351 wg
15 Gaponenko Inna UKR 2450 14101181 m
16 Socko Monika POL 2449 1106619 g
17 Kovalevskaya Ekaterina RUS 2442 4116704 m
18 Lomineishvili Maia GEO 2437 13600656 m
19 Ovod Evgenija RUS 2430 4131827 m
20 Muzychuk Mariya UKR 2427 14114550 m

The official tournament website for this event is and you can watch the games online at this website. Good luck to all the players!

Anna Muzychuk, the top-seeded player was born on February 28, 1990 in Lviv Soviet Union. In 2004 she became a citizen of Slovenia and is currently the strongest woman player in that country. According to an interview she did for chessbase, (see:, her parents taught her to play chess , they being professional coaches. Anna states, " When I was two years old I could put the beginning position on the board, and at three I could play chess with all the chess rules. When I was five I took part in my first chess tournament (championship of our sport school) and won the second place." She admits "to
practising chess about six to eight hours a day! Anna states, "Dynamic chess is what I want to have in every position."

Muzychuk goes into the European Women's Individual Chess Championship with an elo of 2540, which makes her the strongest Woman player in Slovenia, and the fifth-strongest player in Slovenia and the sixth-strongest woman chess player in the world (496th strongest player in the world).

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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.