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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

FIDE Women's Grand Prix Istanbul:round 8 results

Here are the results from round 8 of the FIDE Women's Grand Prix (which was played on Monday):

GM STEFANOVA-GM CHIBURDANIDZE Maia result: 1/2-1/2 draw
GM CRAMLING - GM SHEN result: 1-0
IM FIERRO - GM SEBAG result: 0-1
GM HOU Yifan-GM ZHAO result: 0-1

Taking the results of this round into consideration, here are the standings after 8 rounds of play:

FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2009 :Round 8 standings

1st place: Zhao Xue 7 points, 2nd place:Hou Yifan 6.5 points, 3rd place:Koneru 6 points, 4 points 4th place: Danielian 5.5 points, 5th place:Sebag 4.5 points, 6th and 7th place:Chiburdanidze and Stefanova 4 points, 8th place:Fierro Baquero 3.5 points, 9th place:Cramling 3 points, 10th place: Shen Yang 2 points, 11th place: Z. Mamedjarova 1.5 points, 12th place: Yildiz 0.5 point

Results from Round 9:
Here are the results from round 9 of the tournament (which was played today:)

GM Zhao-GM Koneru result: draw 1/2-1/2
GM Sebag- GMHou Yifan result: draw 1/2-1/2
IM Danielian--IM Fierro result: 1-0
WGM Shen-Yildiz result: 0-1
GM Chiburdanidze-GM Cramling result: 0-1
WGM Mamedjarova-GM Stefanova result: 0-1

Taking into consideration these results here are the standings after 9 rounds of play:

1st: GM ZHAO 2508 CHN 7.5 points, 2nd: GM HOU Yifan 2571 CHN 7 points,
3rd:GM KONERU 2621 IND 6½ points, 4th: IM DANIELIAN 2496 ARM 6½ points,
5th:GM STEFANOVA 2557 BUL 5 points, 6th: GM SEBAG 2529 FRA 5 points,
7th:GM CRAMLING 2548 SWE 4 points 8th: GM CHIBURDANIDZE 2516 GEO 4 points,
9th:IM FIERRO Baquero 2403 ECU 3½ points, 10th:WGM SHEN Yang 2448 CHN 2 points,
11th:WIM YILDIZ 2214 TUR 1½ points, 10th:WGM MAMEDJAROVA Zeinab 2362 AZE 1½

Here are the pairings for round 10:

IM FIERRO Baquero 2403-WGM SHEN 2448
GM HOU Yifan 2571-IM DANIELIAN 2496
GM ZHAO 2508-GM SEBAG 2529

Good luck to all the players!

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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

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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

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Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

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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.