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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Dortmund Chess Tournament

The Dortmund Chess Tournament begins in Dortmund, Germany today (Thursday July 2,2009). These are the participants:

GM Magnus Carlsen of Norway (3rd highest ranked player in the World, elo: 2772),GM Dmitry Jakovenko of the Republic of Russia (5th highest ranked player in the World, elo:2760),GM Vladimir Kramnik of the Republic of Russia(6th highest ranked player in the World,elo:2759), GM Peter Leko of Hungary (7th highest-ranked player in the World, elo:2756),GM Etienne Bacrot of France (17th highest-ranked player in the World, elo:2721) and GM Arkadij Naiditsch of Germany (36th-highest rated player in the World elo:2697) .

This should be a very exciting and very competitive event! The official tournament website is at: http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de/cms/
You can watch the games live at the official tournament website.

Here are the pairings for round 1: (the player on the left has the white pieces):

Round 1 2nd July,

Leko, Peter -Kramnik, Vladimir
Carlsen, Magnus -Jakovenko, Dmitry
Naiditsch, Arkadij-Bacrot, Etienne

Good luck to all the players!

The tournament begins at 15:15 each day. To find out what time this is where you live go to:

http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?month=7&day=2&year=2009&hour=15&min=15&sec=0&p1=315

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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.