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Sunday, May 17, 2009

GM Hikaru Nakamura wins the 2009 U.S. Chess Championship

GM Hikaru Nakamura won the 2009 U.S. Chess Championship by defeating GM Joshua Friedel in 22 moves in the ninth and last round of play. By defeating Friedel so early, Nakamura,
had to see wait and see if IM/GM-elect Robert Hess could also win his last round game against Varuzhan Akobian, which would have forced a playoff between Nakamura and Hess. Hess (playing white) tried to defeat Akobian for 43 moves, however at this point, he decided to allow the game to be an agreed draw. What is interesting is that at the time Hess and Akobian agreed to a draw, the position was one in which Hess was two pawns up in material. However, the endgame was an opposite- color bishop endgame, and Akobian was able to block the advance of both of Hess' passed pawns skillfully, preventing their advance by placing his pawns on dark squares. Congratulations to GM Nakamura. What is interesting about Nakamura, is that not long ago in was living in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada, and appeared to possibly be going to be living their permanently,when all of a sudden I discovered he had moved back to the United States (New York City, according to Micah Hughey at the Edmonton Chess Club). Here is the final position of the Hess-Akobian game, would you have kept playing if you were Hess?

Congratulations on your victory GM Nakamura!

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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.