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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Results from recent chess tournaments

Here are some results from chess tournaments which have taken place around the world in the last

2nd Pfalz Open
The second Pfalz Open chess tournament took place in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse Germany. GM Sergei Tiviakov won the tournament with a score of 7 points (9 round event). The official tournament website is:

Championship of the Czech Republic
The Czech Republic chess championship was held in Decin, Czech Republic from February 10-20th. In a surprise, International Master Pavel Simacek, (elo 2493) won the championship crown over GM Robert Cvek (elo 2531) on a tie-break. Both had finished the tournament with scores of 7 points. The official tournament website is

7th Nancy International Chess Festival
The 7th International Chess Festival took place in Nancy France from February 16th-22nd . The festival had tournaments for every ability level. In the top "A" Tournament, GM Pentala Harikrishna of India (elo 2673) won the tournament with a score of 7 points (9 rounds). The official tournament website is at:

Bunratty Chess Festival
The Bunratty Chess Festival was held in Bunratty, Ireland from February 20-22nd with GM Peter Svidler winning the top "Masters" section with a score of 7 points (9 rounds). GM's Lalic, Jones,Wells and Baburin also participated. The official tournament website is:

The Noteboom Memorial

The Noteboom Memorial chess tournament took place from February 20th-22nd 2009 in GM Yuri Solodovnichenko edged GM Friso Nijboer on a tie-break to win the event. Both players had finished with identical scores of 5.5/6 The official tournament website is 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.