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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Boris Spassky and Viktor Korchnoi to play a match

Former World Chess Champion Boris Spassky (who now lives in France, he is on the right in the above photo), and GM Victor Korchnoi (of Switzerland who is the strongest chess player never to be World Chess Champion), have announced that they will play an eight-game match in Elista, Russia, from December 17th-27th, with a prize fund of $20,000 U.S. Dollars. Korchnoi, who turned 78 years of age on March 31st of this year, has to be the favorite going into the match as he has remained active in chess throughout his life. Spassky was born on January 30,1937, will turn 72 years of age in the new year. The two GM played each other in the  Candidates final in 1968 with Spassky prevailing by a score of  (+4 -1 =5). This match victory allowed Spassky to play  Petrosian, for the World Chess Championship in  Moscow in  1969,where Spassky defeated the reigning World Champion, Tigran Petrosian of Armenia by a score of  12 1/2-10 1/2.

In September 2006 Korchnoi won the 16th World Senior Chess Championship held in Arvier (Valle d’Aosta,Italy)  with a 9–2 score. Korchnoi scored 7.5–0.5 in his first eight games, then drew his last three games.This is the first world title Korchnoi has won (and was his only participation in a World Senior Chess Championship). Korchnoi is
 also the reigning Swiss Chess Champion, he scored 7/9 in an open tournament edging out two other players on tiebreaks. Good luck to both of you in this match, I am sure it will be a very

entertaining match for chess fans!

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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.