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Friday, April 17, 2009

FIDE Grand Prix:Nalchik:round 3 results and standings,round 4 pairings Grischuk leads!

Here are the results from round 3 of the FIDE Nalchik Grand Prix:

GM Mamedyarov 2725- GM Kamsky 2720 result:draw 1/2-1/2 number of moves:43 Opening:Grunfeld Defense, ECO:D70

GM Akopian 26960 - GM Leko 2751 result:0-1 number of moves: 61 Opening:Queen's Gambit:Semi-Slav Defense:Meran variation, ECO:D47

GM Karjakin 272- GM Aronian 2754 result:1-0 number of moves:34 Opening:Ruy Lopez closed defense, ECO:C88

GM Grischuk 2748- GM Kasimdzhanov 2695 result: 1-0 Opening:Queen's Gambit Accepted: ECO:D20

GM Alekseev 2716- GM Eljanov 2693 result:1-0 number of moves:57 Opening:Queen's Gambit Declined with Bf4 ECO: D37

GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2746 GM Gelfand Boris 2733 result:draw 1/2-1/2 number of moves:30
Opening:Slav Defense ECO:D12

GMBacrot Etienne 2728 -GMSvidler Peter 2726 result:draw 1/2-1/2 number of moves:36 Opening:Ruy Lopez ECO:D47

As a consequence of these results here are the standings after 3 rounds of play:

1st: GM Grischuk 2748 2. 5 points
2nd-6th: GM Karjakin 2721, GM Svidler 2726, GM Alekseev 2716, GM Leko 2751
GMAronian Levon 2754 all have 2 points

7th-8th: GM Bacrot 2728 , GMKamsky 2720 both have 1 1/2 points

9th-13th : GM Eljanov 2693, GM Mamedyarov 2725, GMGelfand 2733, GM Ivanchuk
2746, GMKasimdzhanov 2695, GM Akopian 2696, all have 1 point

Here are the pairings for round 4 (white is on the left):

GM Kamsky 2720-GM Svidler 2726
GM Gelfand 2733-GM Bacrot 2728
GM Eljanov 2693-GM Ivanchuk 2746
GM Kasimdzhanov 2695-GMAlekseev 2716
GM Aronian 2754-GMGrischuk 2748
GM Leko 2751-GM Karjakin 272
GM Mamedyarov-2725-GMAkopian 2696

Best wishes to all the players for round 4!

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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

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.