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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

London Chess Classic Tournament begins

Some of the strongest chess players in the world began play today in the London Chess Classic tournament in London England. Here are the participants in the event according to their rating:

1st London Chess Classic (ENG), 8-16 xii 2009. Cat XVIII (2696.25). Venue: Olympia Conference Centre.
Carlsen, Magnus
Kramnik, Vladimir
Nakamura, Hikaru
Short, Nigel D
Adams, Michael
Ni, Hua
McShane, Luke J
Howell, David W L

This is a category 18 event.The tournament categories are determined by the average tournament rating of the participants.In this tournament,the average rating of the participants is 2696.25. The ranges of chess tournaments go from category 1 to category 20 and beyond.

Chess Tournaments FIDE Categories
go up 25 elo  each - ave tournament rating
Category 18 - 2675-2700

Cat 17 2650-2675
Cat 16 2625-2650
Cat 15 2600-2625
Cat 14 2575-2600
Cat 13 2550-2575
Cat 12 2525-2550
Cat 11 2500-2525
Cat 10 2475-2500
Cat  9 2450-2475
Cat  8 2425-2450
Cat  7 2400-2425
Cat  6 2375-2400
Cat  5 2350-2375
Cat  4 2325-2350
Cat  3 2300-2325
Cat  2 2275-2300
Cat  1 2250-2275
Here are the results from round one of the tournament 
(the player on the left had the white pieces in the game:) 

Round 1 (December 8, 2009)
Carlsen, Magnus
1-0 Kramnik, Vladimir
Howell, David W L
1/2 Adams, Michael
McShane, Luke J
1-0 Short, Nigel D
Nakamura, Hikaru
1/2 Ni Hua

These results mean the following standings exist after one round of play:

1st-         Carlsen and McShane                         3 points
2nd-3rd   Howell,Adams,Nakamura, and Hua   1  point
4th-5th    Kramnik and Short                               O points

The scoring for this tournament is unique in that
Players score 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss.

Here are the pairings for round 2 (the player on the left has the white pieces in the game):

Round 2, Wed Dec 9th

Kramnik-Ni Hua

You can play through the games from the first round move for move by going to the following link:

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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.