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Saturday, April 18, 2009

FIDE Grand Prix:Nalchik:round 4 results and standings,round 5 pairings

There was only one game which had a decisive result, in round four of the FIDE World Cup in Nalchik, in that game, playing white Gata Kamsky defeated Peter Svidler. What is surprising about this game to me, was the opening. Kamsky played the standard move 7.Bb3 and then Svidler continued by playing 7....d6 (instead of 7....O-O.). This is surprising to me because by playing 7...O-O Svidler would have forced Kamsky to play an anti-Marshall variation, unless Kamsky wanted to allow Svidler to play the Marshall Gambit via 7....O-O 8.c3 d5!?). Here are the results from all of the games played in round 4:

(April 18, 2009)
Kamsky, Gata - Svidler, Peter result:1-0 number of moves: 74 Opening:Ruy Lopez:ECO:C91
Leko, Peter - Karjakin, Sergey result: draw number of moves:40 Opening: Slav Defence ECO:D15

Aronian, Levon - Grischuk, Alexander result:draw number of moves:35 Opening: English Symmetrical ECO:A30

Eljanov, Pavel - Ivanchuk, Vassily result: draw number of moves:47 Opening: Slav Defence ECO:D17

Gelfand, Boris - Bacrot, Etienne result:draw number of moves: 51 Opening:Queens Indian Defense ECO:E15

Kasimdzhanov, Rustam - Alekseev, Evgeny result:draw number of moves: Opening: Ruy Lopez:Berlin Defense ECO: C65

Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Akopian, Vladimir result:draw number of moves: 39 Opening:
Queens Indian Defense ECO:E15

Standings after 4 rounds of play:

1. GM Grischuk 2748 3 points,

2nd-6th place GMKarjakin 2721 GM Kamsky 2720 ,GM Leko 2751, GM Alekseev 2716, GM Aronian 2754 all have 2 1/2 points.

7th-8th places: GM Bacrot 2728, GM Svidler 2726, both have 2 points

9th place-13th place: GM Eljanov 2693, GM Mamedyarov, 2725,
GM Gelfand 2733 GM Kasimdzhanov 2695, GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2746 UKR all have 1 1/2 points

14th place: GM Akopian 2696, 1 point.

Here are the pairings for round 5:

GM Akopian Vladimir 2696-GM Kamsky Gata2720
GM Karjakin Sergey 2721-GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar2725
GM Grischuk Alexander 2748-GM Leko Peter 2751
GM Alekseev Evgeny 2716-GM Aronian Levon 2754
GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2746-GMKasimdzhanov Rustam 2695
GM Bacrot Etienne2728-GMEljanov Pavel 2693
GMSvidler Peter 2726-GM Gelfand Boris 2733

Best wishes to all the players in round 5!

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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

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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.