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Friday, June 5, 2009

2009 Poikovsky Chess Tournament:round 2 and 3 results, standings

Results from round Round 2 (the player having the white pieces is on the left):
Sutovsky, Emil - Inarkiev, Ernesto result: 1-0 number of moves: 22 Opening: Petroff's Defence ECO:C42

Rublevsky, Sergei - Gashimov, Vugar results: ½-½ number of moves: 26 ECO: B76 Opening: Sicilian Modern Dragon variation,

Onischuk, Alexander - Motylev, Alexander result: ½-½ number of moves: 42 Opening:
Semi-Slav defense Anti-Meran Variation ECO:D45

Efimenko, Zahar - Bologan, Viktor result: 0-1 number of moves: 64 Opening: Philidor's Defence ECO:C41

Shirov, Alexei - Naiditsch, Arkadij result: 0-1 number of moves: 49 Opening: Catalan ECO:E04

Results from Round 3 (played on Friday)

Gashimov, Vugar - Onischuk, Alexander result: 1-0 number of moves: 28 Opening: Ruy Lopez Berlin Defense, ECO:C67

Naiditsch, Arkadij - Sutovsky, Emil result: ½-½ number of moves: 12 Opening: Caro Kann Exchange variation ECO:B13

Motylev, Alexander - Shirov, Alexei result: 1-0 number of moves: 24 Opening: Four Knights Rubinstein variation ECO:C48

Inarkiev, Ernesto - Efimenko, Zahar result: 1-0 number of moves: 67 Opening: Ruy Lopez Berlin Defense defense ECO:C65

Bologan, Viktor - Rublevsky, Sergei result: ½-½ Number of moves: 52 Opening: Sicilian Defense: Paulsen variation ECO:D43

These results mean that the following standings exisz after 3 rounds of play:

1st-3rd. Gashimov, g AZE 2730, Naiditsch, g GER 2700 and Motylev, g RUS 2677 all have 2.5 points

4th-5th. Sutovsky, g ISR 2660, Inarkiev,g RUS 2676, both have 2 points

6th . Bologan, g MDA 2690 1 .5 points,
7th . Rublevsky g RUS 2702 1 point
8th-9th Onischuk g USA 2684 and Efimenko g UKR 2682 1/2 point.
10. Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2745 0 points


Who would have believed that Shirov would be on the bottom with no points? No me! I guess he must be tired from playing and winning the 5th M-Tel Masters tournament.

By the way a new interview of Shirov has been posted at this website:

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"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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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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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

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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.