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Sunday, December 27, 2009

19th Pamplona Chess Tournament

The 19th Pamplona  Chess tournament takes place  from December 21st until December 29th in Pamplona,Spain The official tournament website is at:
http://www.chesspamplona.com/English.html



Here is a list of the players:


XIX Magistral Pamplona (ESP), 21-29 xii 2009
cat. XIII (2575)
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
0
1.
Alsina Leal, Daniel
m
ESP
2523
*
.
.
.
.
?
.
.
.
.
0
2.
Georgiev, Kiril
g
BUL
2672
.
*
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
?
0
3.
Granda Zuniga, Julio E
g
PER
2640
.
.
*
.
?
.
.
.
.
.
0
4.
Huerga Leache, Mikel
m
ESP
2435
.
.
.
*
.
.
?
.
.
.
0
5.
Laznicka, Viktor
g
CZE
2637
.
.
?
.
*
.
.
.
.
.
0
6.
Lopez Martinez, Josep Manuel
g
ESP
2589
?
.
.
.
.
*
.
.
.
.
0
7.
Meier, Georg
g
GER
2653
.
.
.
?
.
.
*
.
.
.
0
8.
Mirzoev, Azer
g
AZE
2617
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
*
?
.
0
9.
Recuero Guerra, David
m
ESP
2494
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
?
*
.
0
10.
Reinaldo Castineira, Roi
m
ESP
2488
.
?
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
*
0

Here are the standings after 6 rounds of play:


Clasificación tras ronda 6

Rank
SNo.

Nombre
Elo
FED
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Pts
Sonen
Res.
1
7
GM
GRANDA ZUÑIGA, Julio E.
2640
PER
*


1

0
1
½
1
1

9,00
0
2
1
GM
MEIER, Georg
2653
GER

*
½
½
½

1

½
1
4
9,25
0
3
3
GM
GEORGIEV, Kiril
2672
BUL

½
*
½
½
½

1

1
4
9,00
0
4
4
GM
LAZNICKA, Viktor
2637
CZE
0
½
½
*
1
1

½



11,50
0
5
2
GM
LOPEZ MARTINEZ, Josep Manuel
2589
ESP

½
½
0
*


½
1
1

6,50
0
6
8
IM
REINALDO CASTIÑEIRA, Roi
2488
ESP
1

½
0

*
½


1
3
8,00
0
7
6
GM
MIRZOEV, Azer
2617
AZE
0
0



½
*
1
½
1
3
4,25
0
8
9
IM
ALSINA LEAL, Daniel
2523
ESP
½

0
½
½

0
*
½

2
6,50
0
9
5
IM
RECUERO GUERRA, David
2494
ESP
0
½


0

½
½
*


4,50
0
10
10
IM
HUERGA LEACHE, Mikel
2435
ESP
0
0
0

0
0
0


*
0
0,00
0




GM Julio Ernesto Granda Zúñiga (pictured above) 
   was born February 25, 1967 is a Peruvian Chess Grandmaster.He is a 5-time holder of the Chess Championship of Peru.GM Granda Zuniga is known for his unique approach to the opening in his chess games, where he frequently plays original ideas,rather than following conventional opening theory.


Source of image:http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Julio_Granda_Zuniga.jpg

Pamplona is famous for its  nine-day festival of  San Fermin which includes  "running of the bulls". This event was brought to the attention of the world by writer Ernest Hemmingway, in his  1926 novel, "The Sun also Rises." Of late many animal lovers are deeply upset that the running of the bulls is allowed to continue, because of the fact that many people feel that the bulls in this spectacle are treated in a very cruel fashion by humans, many of the latter are in a drunken state. Animal-rights organizations around the world think that these long-standing traditions  at Fermin should be abolished. New scientific  research
indicates that:

"cattle are a sophisticated bunch who communicate with each other on many levels. Under natural circumstances, cattle live in herds with social hierarchies and form lifelong bonds with each other. Many researchers have found that cows and other farm animals definitely have feelings and emotional lives. It is even suspected that cows have the capacity to worry about the future."

"When they are separated from their families, friends, or human companions, cows grieve over the loss. Researchers report that cows become visibly distressed after even a brief separation from a loved one. Cows are especially dedicated to their young and the bond formed between a mother and her calf remains long after the baby has grown to adulthood. Separation causes them tremendous stress and agitation. If mother and calf are separated by a fence, the mother will wait for her calf, even through harsh conditions like intense heat or cold weather, hunger and thirst. Cows have even been known to break fences and walk miles to be reunited with calves that were sold at auction."

"Not surprisingly, studies have found that cows recognize and respond to kind treatment from humans. Edmund Pajor of Purdue University said that cows will actually produce significantly more milk when they are spoken to gently than they do when shouted at and handled roughly. According to Purdue’s findings, it doesn’t take much for the cows to feel badly – they reacted poorly to even a simple slap on the rump meant to keep them moving. Cows don’t forget being hurt and seem to hold grudges not only against other cows, but also against people who have hurt them or their family members."

"When put to the test, many cows have proved to be quite good at problem solving. What’s more, a study led by Donald Broom, a professor at the University of Cambridge, found that cows enjoyed intellectual challenge and got excited when they overcame obstacles. It’s no wonder that cows raised for slaughter have been known to plan escapes, leaping six-foot fences or swimming across rivers.
Another indication of cows’ intelligence is their ability to learn things from each other through their social interaction. According the Humane Society of the United States, if an individual cow in a herd is shocked by an electric fence, the rest will become alarmed and learn to avoid it without ever being shocked themselves."
  • Cows can communicate with each other by “mooing” frequently. This helps them keep in contact, especially when it is dark. Cattle also communicate through a wide variety of physical movements and facial expressions.
  • Cows have been known to form lifelong friendships.
  • Cattle will look out for the old and weak members of the herd. When dairy cows return to be milked, a leader is selected to guide the way.
Source of this information: http://www.gan.ca/animals/cows.en.html



"The "corrida", or bullfight, has long been a part of Spanish life. But the Catalan parliament in Barcelona will in the next few months consider a proposal to ban it, becoming the first mainland region in of Spain to do so"

"Parliament voted to hold the debate after campaigners gathered 180,000 signatures of support for a petition calling on deputies to include the bull in existing animal protection legislation."

"The petition recommends compensation for those currently working in the industry, including breeders of the bulls."


"Bullfighting is about animal rights, it's about cruelty and about a bloody entertainment," says Eric Gallego, from the group known as Prou.
"We think that we must stop this cruelty because we don't want to be a barbaric society inside Europe."

source:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8418014.stm

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