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Monday, August 24, 2009


At the present time a unique chess event is taking place in the NH Grand Hotel in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The tournament involves 5 of the best young chess players in the World, who are competing against 5 of the most "established" chess players in modern chess. The format of the tournament is known as a ‘Scheveningen’ tournament, which means that each player of one team plays against each of the players of the other team. They do so twice, once with the white pieces and once with the black pieces.

Playing on the "Experienced" team are the following players:
(next to their country their current Elo rating is given):
1 Peter Svidler (Russia, 2726)
2 Peter Heine Nielsen (Denmark, 2668)
3 Alexander Beliavsky (Slovenia, 2640)
4 Loek van Wely (The Netherlands, 2622)
5 Ljubomir Ljubojevic (Serbia, 2553)

These 5 players are competing against this team of "Rising Stars":
1 Hikaru Nakamura (United States, 2701)
2 Fabiano Caruana (Italy, 2649)
3 Jan Smeets (The Netherlands, 2626)
4 Daniel Stellwagen (The Netherlands, 2619)
5 Hou Yifan (China, 2590)

The format of the tournament is 10 rounds of play.The first round of play was on August 20, and the last round of play is on August 31. It is great to see that a woman is participating in this event for one of the teams, that being Hou Yifan of China. It is too bad the organizers did not include at least one woman player on the "Experienced" team.

The official tournament website for this tournament is at:

Here are the scores after 5 rounds of play in the tournament:


Experience 13½
Rising stars 11½

Experience individual score

Svidler 3½
Ljubojevic 3
Nielsen 3
Van Wely 2½
Beliavsky 1½

Rising Stars individual score

Smeets 3½
Caruana 2 ½
Nakamura 2½
Hou Yifan 2
Stellwagen 1

You can follow the games from each day by clicking on this link:

The games from the rounds which have already been played can be viewed at:

Round reports and PGN files of all the games can be downloaded at:

This tournament had its origin in 2007 and is a great way for these younger players to get experience.

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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.