Wednesday, May 6, 2009
A team from Azerbaijan (which is where Kasparov was born) will play a world team in Baku as part of the "President's Cup chess event. This rapid match will take place from May 7th--9th May 2009. The time control will be 25 minutes per game.The format of this rapid match will be
a Scheveningen format
Here is a list of the participants in this match: the Azerbaijan team will consist of : GM Teimour Radjabov (5th highest-rated chess player in the World), GMVugar Gashimov (16th highest-rated chess player in the World), GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (20th highest-rated chess player in the World), and GM Gadir Guseinov (65th highest-rated chess player in the World)
The World team will consist of: GM Vishwanathan Anand (India, 2nd highest-rated player in the World), GM Vladimir Kramnik (Russia, 4th highest-rated chess player in the World), Alexey Shirov (Spain, 13th highest-rated chess player in the World) and Sergey Karjakin (Ukraine, 23rd highest-rated chess player in the World ). The official website for this event is http://presidentcup.az/defaultEn.html
This should be a very interesting event to watch. Personally, I wish the time control the players used in this event was a regular time control, this would allow the quality of the games to be of a much higher level than will occur with a G/25 format.
United States Chess Championship
The 2009 United States Chess Championship will be held from May 7th-May 17, 2009 in Saint Louis, Missouri. The championship will consist of two separate events:
24 invited players will include:
-the top 12 American players by rating, using the April rating supplement;
-the top two female players by rating, using the April rating supplement;
-the 2008 U.S. Junior Closed Champion;
-the 2008 U.S. Open Champion;
-the 2009 U.S. State Champion of Champions;
and a total of seven wild card spots.
Here is a list of players which I know will play in this event: (note that all the ratings given are USCF ratings not elo ratings: GM Gata Kamsky ( 2798), GM Hikaru Nakamura (2757), GM Alexander Onischuk (2736),GM Yuri Shulman (2697) who is the defending US Chess Champion ,GM Larry Christiansen (2681), GM Julio Becerra (2672), GM Varuzhan Akobian ( 2664), GM Gregory Kaidanov (2662), GM Joel Benjamin (2650), GM Jaan Ehlvest (2649),
GM Boris Gulko (2631), GM Ildar Ibragimov (2628), GM Melikset Khachiyan ( 2628), GM Alexander Shabalov (2625), GM Josh Friedel (2568), GM-elect, IM Robert Hess (2545),
IM Ray Robson (2542), IM Enrico Sevillano (2542), WGM/IM Anna Zatonskih (2503), IM Irina Krush (2496), IM Sam Shankland, (2477), IM Michael Brooks (2423), National Master Charles Lawton (2358), and National Master Tyler Hughes (2272).
The United States Women's Chess Championship will also be held in St. Louis, Missouri.m, however it will occur at a different time than the US Chess championship. The Women's Championship will take place from October 2 through 12, 2009, with the the top nine U.S. women players by ranking based on the August 2009 United States Chess Federation rating list being invited. Anna Zatonskih will also be invited to play. (source: http://main.uschess.org/content/view/9187/319/)
So why has the United States Chess Federation decided to revert back to two championships based upon gender, rather than sticking with one championship, in which the best players period are invited to play?
The official website for both events is http://www.saintlouischessclub.org/
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Thoughts worth thinking about
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.