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Sunday, June 7, 2009

2009 Poikovsky Chess Tournament:rounds 4 and 5 results, standings, round 6 pairings

Two more rounds have been played in the Poikovsky Karpov Chess tournament since I last reported on this event. Alexei Shirov lost his fourth consecutive game in round four!
Here are the results from this round of play which was played on Saturday:
Round 4 (June 6, 2009) (The player having the white pieces is on the left):
Inarkiev, Ernesto - Naiditsch, Arkadij game result: 1-0 number of moves: 39
Opening: Catalan ECO code: EO4
Sutovsky, Emil - Motylev, Alexander game result: 0-1 number of moves: 36 Opening:
Petroff's Defence ECO:C43
Onischuk, Alexander - Bologan, Viktor result: ½-½ (draw) number of moves: 23
Opening: King's Indian Defense: Classical variation ECO:E92
Efimenko, Zahar - Rublevsky, Sergei result: 1-0 number of moves: 64
Sicilian Defense: Classical variation ECO:C45

Shirov, Alexei - Gashimov, Vugar result: 0-1 number of moves:55
Opening: Petroff's Defence ECO:C42

These results meant that the following standings existed in the tournament after 4 rounds of play:
10th Karpov Poikovsky RUS 2009
1st/2nd A. Motylev, 2677 and V. Gashimov, 2730 both have 3.5 points
3rd E. Inarkiev,E 2676 3 points
4th A. Naiditsch, 2700 2.5 points
5th/6th E. Sutovsky, 2660 and V. Bologan, 2690 both have 2 points
7th E. Efimenko, 2682 1.5 points
8th/9th A. Onischuk, 2684 and S. Rublevsky,S 2702 both have 1 point
10th A. Shirov 0 points

Round 5 results
GM Alexei Shirov got on the scoreboard in this round when he drew his game with GM Viktor
Bologan in 24 moves!

Here are all the results from the fifth- round of play which was played on Sunday:
Motylev, Alexander - Inarkiev, Ernesto result:½-½ (draw) number of moves: 18
Opening: Centre Counter Defense ECO:B01
Gashimov, Vugar - Sutovsky, Emil result: ½-½ (draw) number of moves: 32
Opening: Ruy Lopez: Open defense ECO:C80

Naiditsch, Arkadij - Efimenko, Zahar result: 1-0 number of moves: 39
Opening: Ruy Lopez: Chigorin Defense ECO:C92

Bologan, Viktor - Shirov, Alexei result: ½-½ (draw) number of moves: 24
Opening: Petroff's Defence ECO:C42

Rublevsky, Sergei - Onischuk, Alexander result: ½-½ (draw) number of moves: 42
Opening: Four Knights Opening: Rubinstein variation ECO:C48

Here are the standings after 5 rounds of play:
1st-2nd Motylev 2677 and Gashimov 2730 both have 4 points
3rd-4th Inarkiev, 2676 and Naiditsch, 2700 both have 3.5 points
5th-6th Sutovsky, 2660 and Bologan, 2690 2.5 points
7th-9th Onischuk, 2684, Efimenko, 2682 and Rublevsky,2702 all have 1.5 points
10th Shirov 1/2 (0.5) point

Here are the pairings for the 6th round of play in this tournament: The player having the white pieces is on the left:

Good luck to all the players in this round!
The photos in this blog entry are of the two players in first place at the end of 5 rounds of play, GM Alexander Motylev is on the left and Vugar Gashimov is on the right. (Sources of photos: and

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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.