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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

2009 Poikovsky-Karpov Chess Tournament:Motylev leads after 6 rounds

Image:Leader of the tournament GM Alexander Motylev

Round 6 of the Poikovsky/Karpov chess tournament saw three decisive results and two draws.Two of the victories in this round were by GM's playing the black pieces!
Here are all of the results from this round of play:The player having the white pieces has his name on the left:

Name Name Result Number of moves: Opening:
Inarkiev, Ernesto - Gashimov, Vugar ½-½ 26 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
ECO Code: E32

Sutovsky, Emil - Bologan, Viktor 1-0 57 Petroff's Defence
ECO Code:C43

Naiditsch, Arkadij - Motylev, Alexander 0-1 59 Sicilian: Hungarian variation
ECO Code:B53

Efimenko, Zahar - Onischuk, Alexander 0-1 35 Ruy Lopez Centre Attack

Shirov, Alexei - Rublevsky, Sergei ½-½ 39 Sicilian Paulsen

It is nice to see GM Rublevsky finally get at least a draw playing my favorite defense against 1.e4!

As a consequence of these game results here are the standings in the tournament after six round of play:

1st Motylev, g RUS 2677, 5 points, 2nd Gashimov, g AZE 2730, 4.5 points
3rd Inarkiev, g RUS 2676, 4 points, 4th-5th Sutovsky, g ISR 2660 and Naiditsch, g GER 2700, both have 3.5 points, 6th and 7th Onischuk, g USA 2684 and Bologan, MDA both have 2.5 points, 8th Rublevsky, g RUS 2702 2 points, 9th Efimenko, Zahar g UKR 2682 1.5 points

Here are the pairings for round 7 (the player on the left has the white pieces):

Here are some facts about the current leader GM Alexander Motylev. He was born on June 17th, 1979 in Yekaterinburg, Russia. He learned how to play at the age of four and a half years of age.
He won the 2001 Russian Chess Championship, and you can read an interview of him here:
(your computer has to have a program such as Adobe acrobat on it to read the pdf file.)

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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.