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Thursday, March 26, 2009

11th Cup of Rector, Match of the Champions

The 11th Cup of Rector is scheduled to take place on 25th-29th March in Kharkov, Ukraine.This year's match is of a different format from previous year's matches. This year's a match is between "PVK KievChess", the bronze medalist from the recent European Club Cup , and Kharkov's "Law Academy". The match will be played over five rounds. Here is a list of the participants:

PVK KievChess:

1. GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2726
2. GM Efimenko Zahar 2688
3. GM Miroshnichenko Evgenij 2667
4. GM Beliavsky Alexander 2646
5. GM Baklan Vladimir 2627
6. GM Vysochin Spartak 2526
7. IM Nyzhnyk Illya 2503

Law Academy:

1. GM Eljanov Pavel 2693
2. GM Moiseenko Alexander 2676
3. IM Firman Nazar 2546
4. GM Kovchan Alexander 2543
5. GM Aveskulov Valeriy 2526
6. GM Brodsky Michail 2517
7. IM Onischuk Vladimir 2487

The time control will be 90 minutes for each player to finish the game with extra 30 seconds for each move from the start (Fischer system). The official tournament website is:http://www.chesslaw.org.ua/Eng/index.html

Good luck to all the players!



Fourth FIDE Grand Prix in Nalchik

The fourth FIDE Grand Prix Series Tournament will be held from April 14th to 29th, 2009, in the Intour Hotel Sindica in Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia. Here is a list of all the participants in this event:

The fourteen participants are: Vladimir Akopian (Armenia), Evgeny Alekseev (Russia), Levon Aronian (Armenia), Etienne Bacrot (France), Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine), Boris Gelfand (Israel), Alexander Grischuk (Russia), Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine), Gata Kamsky (USA), Sergey Karjakin (Ukraine), Rustam Kasimdzhanov (Uzbekistan), Peter Leko (Hungary), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan), Peter Svidler (Russia). The average elo of these players is 2725 which makes it the strongest Grand Prix event yet.

The Time control for this event is 120 minutes for the first forty moves, 60 minutes for the next twenty moves and then each player will be allotted 15 minutes after the second time control and an increment of 30 seconds per move will be allowed from move 61 onwards.

Games will be played from April, 15 till April, 29 every day. April 20 and 25 are rest days. The total prize fund is 162,000 Euros. Good luck to all the players! The official tournament website for this event is:

http://www.nalchik2009.fide.com/

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Humans are not the only intelligent species on the planet!

A parrot whose cries of alarm alerted his owner when a little girl in Denver, Col., choked on her breakfast has been honoured as a hero.Willie, a Quaker parrot, has been given the local Red Cross chapter's Animal Lifesaver Award. In November, Willie's owner, Megan Howard, was babysitting a toddler.

Howard left the room and the little girl, Hannah, started to choke on her breakfast.

Willie repeatedly yelled "Mama, baby" and flapped his wings, and Howard returned in time to find the girl already turning blue.

Howard saved Hannah by performing the Heimlich manoeuvre but says Willie "is the real hero."

More stories like this need to be in the news, to show those people on the planet who believe that humans can do anything they want to animals or who feel other animals are not intelligent, learn that all animals and life on the planet deserves to be treated with respect.

source:

http://www.cbc.ca/cp/Oddities/090324/K032402AU.html

Watch what you say at websites:even anonymously!

Ontario judge orders website to reveal identity data on anonymous posters
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"An Ontario Superior Court judge has ordered a pair of website owners to turn over identifying information about eight people being accused of defamation after posting anonymous comments.

"In my view, the defendants are under an obligation to disclose all documents in their power and control," Justice Stanley Kershman said in a ruling delivered Monday to defendants Connie Wilkins-Fournier and Mark Fournier of Kingston, Ont., who run the website Free Dominion.

Kershman also ordered the couple to pay $5,000 in costs to the plaintiff in the case, Ottawa human rights lawyer Richard Warman, described by Kershman as an "anti-hate speech advocate."

The Fourniers had argued that people using the message boards do so with the expectation of anonymity and may make statements or provide information that they wouldn't normally with family, friends or co-workers.

However, Kershman cited a 2004 case that said privacy cannot be used to protect a person from the application of civil or criminal liability, and that privacy rights must be balanced against the rights of other interests and the public interest."

The reason this controversy arouse: Warman is in the process of suing the Fourniers, alleging they "falsely and maliciously published and circulated" information on the site that claimed Warman had posted hateful, racist words. The allegations have not been proven in court.

Source:http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2009/03/25/tech-090325-anonymous-posters.html

Asteroid tracked from space to Earth for 1st time

"Scientists for the first time have recovered meteorite pieces from an asteroid first observed in space — a stroke of luck that could prove valuable when tracking space rocks heading on a collision course toward Earth.

The asteroid, called 2008 TC3, was first observed on Oct. 6 by astronomers in Arizona and was subsequently tracked as it entered the atmosphere and became a shooting star, the first time astronomers have managed that feat.

The space rock broke up in the atmosphere about 35 to 40 km above Sudan, giving astronomers little hope that they might recover fragments.

But SETI Institute astronomer Peter Jenniskens worked with colleagues at the University of Khartoum in the Sudan and, in December, they made an expedition to the Nubian Desert in northern Sudan.

Desert treasure trove

A flat, open and dry region with little vegetation, the desert turned up a treasure trove of pieces: 47 fragments with a total mass of 3.95 kg.

The findings were reported in this week's issue of the journal Nature."

To read the entire news story concerning this fascinating scientific development go to:

http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2009/03/25/asteroid-meteorite.html

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Scientists are beginning to understand colony collapse disorder

A terrible new problem has emerged in honey-bee colonies. These important insects are now being killed by what scientists have named "Colony Collapse Disorder" . According to a new article published in Scientific America Magazine, " a survey of bee keepers found that 30 percent of all commercial bee colonies in the United States had died! The next winter the die-off resumed and expanded, hitting 36 percent of U.S. beekeepers!! Reports of large losses also surfaced from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe and other regions. More recent data are not available yet, but some beekeepers say they have seen their colonies collapse this winter, too.

What is alarming about this development is that humans have come to rely heavily on honeybees:
"one third of the world's agricultural production depends on the European honeybee, Apis mellifera the kind universally adopted by beekeepers in Western countries."

The scientists who have researched and tried to discover why CCD has happened can only offer these hypotheseses:

"Our collaboration has ruled out many potential causes for CCD and found many possible contributing factors. But no single culprit has been identified. Bees suffering from CCD tend to be infested with multiple pathogens, including a newly discovered virus, but these infections seem secondary or opportunistic much the way pneumonia kills a patient with AIDS. The picture now emerging is of a complex condition that can be triggered by different combinations of causes. There may be no easy remedy to CCD. It may require taking better care of the environment and making long-term changes to our beekeeping and agricultural practices."

Scientists conclude:
"The growing consensus among researchers is that multiple factors such as poor nutrition and exposure to pesticides can interact to weaken colonies and make them susceptible to a virus-mediated collapse. In the case of our experiments in greenhouses, the stress of being confined to a relatively small space could have been enough to make colonies succumb to IAPV and die with CCD-like symptoms. More recent results from long-term monitoring have identified other unexpected factors for increased colony loss, including the fungicide chlorothalonil. Research is now focused on understanding how these factors relate to colony collapse."

Source:http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=saving-the-honeybee

Let us hope that these scientists can pinpoint reasons for the development of CCD in bee hives, so that these important insects do not disappear forever from our world!

Antidepressants Help Patients with Fibromyalgia

As someone who suffers from the medical condition known as fibromyalgia, it is nice to know that some scientists and medical professionals believe that my medical condition exists in my body, and is not a figment of my imagination. I have lots of pain and worst of all my memory and sleep are severely affected by this medical condition. I say it is nice to know that some scientists and medical professionals believe in the existence of fibromyalgia, as these wonderful people are engaging in research which is helping us understand what causes fibromyalgia and how it can be treated to bring fibromyalgia sufferers such as myself some relieve from the symptoms of the disease (Fibromyalgia was recognized as a disease by the World Health Organization in the early 1990's).

An exciting new research study into Fibromyalgia has indicated that:

"Drugs traditionally used to treat depression are also effective in easing widespread pain, sleep disturbances and dismal moods associated with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), according to a large-scale analysis published today in JAMA The Journal of the American Medical Association.
Fibromyalgia, an often overlooked disorder believed to cause widespread muscle pain, sleep disturbances, depression and fatigue, affects up to 12 million people (4 percent of the U.S. population), nearly 11 million of them women. The degree of debilitation caused by the disease ranges "from very little to total," says Roland Staud, a professor of medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, adding that he has known some patients who have been bedridden for as long as a year because of symptoms, which typically appear between ages 40 and 60 and may last for the remainder of sufferers' lives."

German researchers reviewed findings from 18 clinical trials (involving a total of 1,427 people in North America, South America and Europe) on the effect of antidepressants in relieving symptoms of fibromyalgia. Trial participants were given a drug from one of four classes of antidepressant drugs—tricyclic and tetracyclic antidepressants (TCA's), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI's), monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI's), and serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRI's).

"All classes of antidepressants had substantial effects on pain [but] we found differences between the classes of antidepressants on other key symptoms of FMS such as sleep disturbances, fatigue and depressed mood," says lead study author Winfried Häuser, an internist at Klinikum Saarbrücken, a hospital in Germany.

For example, SSRI's (such as Prozac) significantly reduced pain and lightened depression, but did not relieve fatigue or sleep disturbances, whereas SNRI's (such as Cymbalta) helped with pain, sleep disturbances and the blues, although they did not perk up the weary. TCA's (such as Vanatrip) helped alleviate pain, fatigue and sleep disturbances, but MAOI's (such as Manerix) only seemed to help with pain.

"This is a major advance," says psychiatrist Leslie Arnold, director of the Women's Health Research Program at the University of Cinncinnati's College of Medicine, Arnold. "We are trying to identify new treatments for fibromyalgia and raise awareness for this disease."

To read the entire article go to:
http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=new-study-antidepressants-fibromyalgia

Coral may live for thousands of years

Some species of coral can live for over 4,000 years — longer than any other animal that lives in the ocean, a study has found.Uncertainty over how to date coral makes estimates of their lifespan contentious. A radiocarbon-dating study published in 2006 by Brendan Roark, then at Stanford University in California, suggested that living colonies of Gerardia corals could be more than 2,700 years old. But a 2002 study by Richard Grigg at the University of Hawaii had estimated the life span of the same species to be around 70 years. To read the entire article about this new research go to: http://www.nature.com/news/2009/090323/full/news.2009.185.html

India Chess Federation requests India be treated as a separate chess zone

From the FIDE Website:

"The All India Chess Federation has requested a separate zone for the country, similar to the ones awarded to Russia and China. As reasons have been stated the rise of chess in the country and the titles won by the players in the past several years. The All India Chess Federation desires that the FIDE Create a new zone in Asia 3.7, with India being the only member of the zone.

The General Assembly approved a recommendation by the Executive board for global study of the zone structure. A decision should be taken soon.

FIDE establishes a Commission for Women's Chess.

According to the FIDE Website at http://www.fide.com, two of the most prominent and talented women chess players in the world have become co-chairpersons for a Commission for Women's Chess:GM Susan Polgar and GM Alexandria Kosteniuk. You can read letters that each player has written to the FIDE concerning these appointments at http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/15-chess-news/3863-the-letter-of-co-chairman-of-the-commission-for-womens-chess-alexandra-kosteniuk and at http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/15-chess-news/3862-the-letter-of-co-chairman-of-the-commission-for-womens-chess-susan-polgar . Congratulations to Alexandra and Susan on your appointments, I wish you all the best in your new positions!

Tatiana Kosintseva wins 10th European Individual Women's Chess Championship

WGM/IM Tatiana Kosintseva won the 10th European Individual Women's Chess championship in a playoff with Lilith Mkrtchian. Kosintseva won the match by a score of 1.5-0.5. Congratulations to Tatiana! Lilith Mkrtchian wins the silver medal and Natalia Pogonina wins the bronze medal (by defeating Maia Lomineishvili in a playoff by the score of 3-1).

Thursday, March 19, 2009

10th European Individual Women's Chess Championship:round 11 standings

Here are the standings after 11 rounds of play in the European Women's Individual Chess Championship. Due to the tie for first between Mkrtchian and Kosintseva, the two will have a playoff to decide who wins the title of 2009 European Individual Women's Chess Champion.

Final

Rank Name Score Fed. M/F Rating TPR W-We BH-HiLo BH PS


1 IM Mkrtchian, Lilit 8.5 ARM F 2460 2598 +1.94 64.5 78.0 53.0 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 1
2 IM Kosintseva, Tatiana 8.5 RUS F 2497 2551 +0.76 60.0 73.0 46.5 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 0 1 1 1 1
3 GM Socko, Monika 8.0 POL F 2449 2565 +1.64 66.5 81.0 53.0 1 1 1 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 ½ ½
4 WGM Shadrina, Tatiana 8.0 RUS F 2416 2552 +1.97 63.0 76.0 49.5 ½ 1 1 1 0 1 1 ½ 1 0 1
5 IM Lomineishvili, Maia 8.0 GEO F 2437 2520 +1.14 61.0 74.0 49.5 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½
6 IM Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina 8.0 RUS F 2442 2550 +1.52 60.5 74.0 52.0 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 0
7 WGM Pogonina, Natalija 8.0 RUS F 2467 2540 +1.07 60.5 73.5 49.5 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½
8 IM Rajlich, Iweta 8.0 POL F 2399 2552 +2.20 59.5 73.0 50.5 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½
9 IM Ovod, Evgenija 8.0 RUS F 2430 2504 +1.02 56.0 68.5 48.0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
10 GM Hoang Thanh Trang 7.5 HUN F 2483 2526 +0.68 63.5 76.5 53.5 1 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 ½
11 WGM Romanko, Marina 7.5 RUS F 2451 2482 +0.51 61.5 75.5 47.5 1 1 ½ 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0
12 WGM Kovanova, Baira 7.5 RUS F 2386 2490 +1.66 59.5 72.0 48.0 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 0 1 ½
13 IM Turova, Irina 7.5 RUS F 2379 2485 +1.61 57.5 71.0 45.5 1 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½
14 IM Paehtz, Elisabeth 7.5 GER F 2455 2457 +0.09 57.0 70.0 45.0 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 0 1 1 ½
15 IM Khukhashvili, Sopiko 7.5 GEO F 2416 2485 +1.06 56.5 69.0 46.5 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 0 1 ½ 1 ½
16 WGM Zawadzka, Jolanta 7.5 POL F 2385 2490 +1.66 56.5 69.0 46.5 1 1 0 1 1 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1
17 IM Muzychuk, Anna 7.5 SLO F 2540 2463 -0.88 55.5 68.0 43.5 ½ 1 1 0 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1
18 IM Muzychuk, Mariya 7.5 UKR F 2427 2450 +0.37 53.0 65.5 43.5 1 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½


Here are the rules for the tie-break:


Tie-break Matches
In the European Individual Chess Championship and European Individual Women’s Chess Championship tie-breaks are organized only in the following cases:
a) to establish the Champion;
b) to establish the medal winners;
c) to establish qualifiers for the World Chess Championship.
In the case of a) and b) the relevant tie-break matches will decide the final ranking and the money prizes connected with these places.
In the case of c), the relevant tie-break matches will not influence the final ranking and the money prizes will be shared equally.


System of the Tie-break matches:
Additional matches of two games will be played with 15 minutes on the clock and addition of 10 seconds before each move.
If this match is drawn again, then two games will be played with five minutes plus two seconds per move.
If this match is again drawn, then the sudden-death game will be played with White having 5 minutes on the clock and Black having 4 minutes, without any addition. White has to win the sudden-death game in order to win the match.


Source: http://wiecc2009.com/admin/upload_data/Spb2009-regulationsNEW.doc

10th European Individual Women's Chess Championship:round 11 results

The 11th round of the European Individual Women's Chess Championship has been played. Here are the results from the top boards:

Results from round 11 (Thursday, 19 March 2009)


Table White Score
Rating Black Score
Rating Result
1 IM Kosintseva, Tatiana 7.5
2497 IM Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina 8.0
2442 1-0
2 IM Lomineishvili, Maia 7.5
2437 WGM Pogonina, Natalija 7.5
2467 ½-½
3 IM Mkrtchian, Lilit 7.5
2460 WGM Romanko, Marina 7.5
2451 1-0
4 IM Rajlich, Iweta 7.5
2399 GM Socko, Monika 7.5
2449 ½-½
5 GM Hoang Thanh Trang 7.0
2483 IM Khukhashvili, Sopiko 7.0
2416 ½-½
6 IM Paehtz, Elisabeth 7.0
2455 WGM Kovanova, Baira 7.0
2386 ½-½
7 IM Ovod, Evgenija 7.0
2430 WFM Bodnaruk, Anastasia 7.0
2384 1-0
8 IM Turova, Irina 7.0
2379 IM Muzychuk, Mariya 7.0
2427 ½-½
9 WGM Shadrina, Tatiana 7.0
2416 IM Melia, Salome 7.0
2422 1-0
10 WGM Demina, Julia 6.5
2361 IM Muzychuk, Anna 6.5
2540 0-1
11 IM Vasilevich, Irina 6.5
2340 GM Lahno, Kateryna 6.5
2488 1-0
12 IM Dworakowska, Joanna 6.5
2352 IM Gaponenko, Inna 6.5
2450 ½-½
13 IM Foisor, Cristina-Adela 6.5
2412 WIM Paulet, Iozefina 6.5
2315 ½-½
14 WGM Zawadzka, Jolanta 6.5
2385 WGM Botsari, Anna-Maria 6.5
2289 1-0
15 GM Dzagnidze, Nana 6.0
2518 WFM Severiukhina, Zoja 6.0
2327 1-0
16 WGM Shumiakina, Tatiana 6.0
2324 IM Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan 6.0
2500 0-1
17 IM Ushenina, Anna 6.0
2499 WIM Solovjova, Valentina 6.0
2324 ½-½
18 WGM Zhukova, Natalia 6.0
2490 WIM Galojan, Lilit 6.0
2316 1-0
19 WGM Nebolsina, Vera 6.0
2312 GM Peng, Zhaoqin 6.0 NED 2461 0-1
20 IM Khurtsidze, Nino 6.0
2421 WGM Stjazhkina, Olga 6.0 RUS 2280 1-0
21 WGM Grabuzova, Tatiana 6.0
2332 IM Sedina, Elena 6.0 ITA 2380 1-0
22 WFM Girya, Olga 6.0
2315 WGM Stojanovic, Andjelija 6.0 SRB 2372 1-0
23 WIM Chasovnikova, Eugenia 6.0
2302 WGM Cherednichenko, Svetlana 6.0 UKR 2367 1-0
24 WGM Manakova, Maria 6.0
2299 WIM Majdan, Joanna 6.0 POL 2351 0-1
25 IM Peptan, Corina-Isabela 5.5
2401 WFM Paikidze, Nazi 6.0 GEO 2280 1-0




10th European Individual Women's Chess Championship:Round 10 results and standings

Here are the round 10 results from the top boards at the 10th European Individual Women's Chess Championship:



Results from round 10 (Wednesday, 18 March 2009)

Table White Score Fed. Rating Black Score Fed. Rating Result
1 IM Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina 7.0 RUS 2442 GM Hoang Thanh Trang 7.0 HUN 2483 1-0
2 IM Rajlich, Iweta 7.0 POL 2399 IM Mkrtchian, Lilit 7.0 ARM 2460 ½-½
3 GM Socko, Monika 7.0 POL 2449 IM Lomineishvili, Maia 7.0 GEO 2437 ½-½
4 WGM Romanko, Marina 6.5 RUS 2451 WGM Shadrina, Tatiana 7.0 RUS 2416 1-0
5 IM Kosintseva, Tatiana 6.5 RUS 2497 IM Foisor, Cristina-Adela 6.5 ROU 2412 1-0
6 IM Melia, Salome 6.5 GEO 2422 IM Turova, Irina 6.5 RUS 2379 ½-½
7 WGM Pogonina, Natalija 6.5 RUS 2467 GM Dzagnidze, Nana 6.0 GEO 2518 1-0
8 IM Muzychuk, Anna 6.0 SLO 2540 WGM Zawadzka, Jolanta 6.0 POL 2385 ½-½
9 WFM Bodnaruk, Anastasia 6.0 RUS 2384 IM Ushenina, Anna 6.0 UKR 2499 1-0
10 GM Lahno, Kateryna 6.0 UKR 2488 IM Dworakowska, Joanna 6.0 POL 2352 ½-½
11 WIM Majdan, Joanna 6.0 POL 2351 IM Paehtz, Elisabeth 6.0 GER 2455 0-1
12 WIM Solovjova, Valentina 6.0 RUS 2324 IM Ovod, Evgenija 6.0 RUS 2430 0-1
13 WFM Severiukhina, Zoja 6.0 RUS 2327 IM Muzychuk, Mariya 6.0 UKR 2427 0-1
14 IM Khukhashvili, Sopiko 6.0 GEO 2416 WFM Girya, Olga 6.0 RUS 2315 1-0
15 WGM Kovanova, Baira 6.0 RUS 2386 WGM Nebolsina, Vera 6.0 RUS 2312 1-0

These results mean that the following standings exist after 10 rounds of play:

Rank Name Score Fed. M/F Rating TPR W-We BH-HiLoBH PS 12345678910
1IM Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina 8.0 RUS F 2442 2603 +1.94 50.5 62.5 44.0 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1
2GM Socko, Monika 7.5 POL F 2449 2582 +1.71 54.5 67.5 45.0 1 1 1 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 ½
3IM Mkrtchian, Lilit 7.5 ARM F 2460 2574 +1.45 53.0 65.5 44.5 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 0 ½ 1 ½
4IM Lomineishvili, Maia 7.5 GEO F 2437 2525 +1.10 48.5 61.0 41.5 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½
5WGM Romanko, Marina 7.5 RUS F 2451 2531 +1.00 48.0 60.0 40.0 1 1 ½ 0 1 1 0 1 1 1
6WGM Pogonina, Natalija 7.5 RUS F 2467 2551 +1.11 47.5 58.5 41.5 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1
7IM Rajlich, Iweta 7.5 POL F 2399 2563 +2.13 47.0 60.0 42.5 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½
8IM Kosintseva, Tatiana 7.5 RUS F 2497 2522 +0.34 46.0 57.0 38.0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 0 1 1 1
9GM Hoang Thanh Trang 7.0 HUN F 2483 2539 +0.77 51.5 64.0 46.0 1 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 0
10WGM Shadrina, Tatiana 7.0 RUS F 2416 2521 +1.46 51.5 62.5 41.5 ½ 1 1 1 0 1 1 ½ 1 0
11IM Melia, Salome 7.0 GEO F 2422 2517 +1.28 49.5 61.0 44.0 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 0 ½
12WGM Kovanova, Baira 7.0 RUS F 2386 2496 +1.56 49.0 60.5 40.5 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 0 1
13WFM Bodnaruk, Anastasia 7.0 RUS F 2384 2514 +1.75 47.5 59.5 40.0 1 ½ 1 0 1 1 1 ½ 0 1
14IM Ovod, Evgenija 7.0 RUS F 2430 2472 +0.58 45.5 57.5 40.0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1
15IM Turova, Irina 7.0 RUS F 2379 2493 +1.54 45.5 57.5 38.0 1 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½
16IM Paehtz, Elisabeth 7.0 GER F 2455 2467 +0.19 45.5 57.0 37.5 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 0 1 1
17IM Khukhashvili, Sopiko 7.0 GEO F 2416 2488 +0.97 44.5 56.5 39.0 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 0 1 ½ 1
18IM Muzychuk, Mariya 7.0 UKR F 2427 2460 +0.44 44.0 55.0 36.0 1 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1
19IM Foisor, Cristina-Adela 6.5 ROU F 2412 2492 +1.18 53.0 65.5 43.0 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 0
20GM Lahno, Kateryna 6.5 UKR F 2488 2463 -0.30 50.5 62.5 40.0 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½
21WGM Zawadzka, Jolanta 6.5 POL F 2385 2474 +1.29 47.5 59.5 39.0 1 1 0 1 1 ½ 0 1 ½ ½
22WGM Demina, Julia 6.5 RUS F 2361 2418 +0.90 46.5 58.0 38.5 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 ½ 0 1
23IM Dworakowska, Joanna 6.5 POL F 2352 2418 +0.95 45.5 57.5 36.5 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 ½
24IM Muzychuk, Anna 6.5 SLO F 2540 2437 -1.15 45.5 57.0 36.0 ½ 1 1 0 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½
25WIM Paulet, Iozefina 6.5 ROU F 2315 2391 +1.06 45.0 57.0 33.5 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 ½ 1 1
26IM Gaponenko, Inna 6.5 UKR F 2450 2407 -0.53 42.5 53.5 35.0 1 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 1 1
27WGM Botsari, Anna-Maria 6.5 GRE F 2289 2351 +1.00 42.5 53.5 32.0 1 0 ½ 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
28IM Vasilevich, Irina 6.5 RUS F 2340 2370 +0.47 42.0 53.5 33.0 0 1 ½ 1 1 0 1 0 1 1

10th European Individual Chess Championship:Evgeny Tomashevsky wins championship

GM Evgeny Tomashevsky won the European Men's Individual Chess Championship. Tomashevsky defeated GM Vladimir Malakhov in the final by a score of 2:1. The two players each one a game in the G/15 10 final match and then in the playoff, Tomashevsky won the sudden death Armaggedon blitz match to take the title. I am sure that alot of chess fans are disappointed that the final of a major chess championship has once again been decided by short-time control games and an Armaggedon blitz game playoff. Unless professional chess players come up with some sort of solution to this kind of a final match setting to decide a major tournament, this format will keep happening!

GM Evgeny Tomashevsky was born on July 1st, 1987 in Saratov, Russia. In the year 2001 he won the U18 Russian championship with amazing score of 9/10 and in 2004 he finished second in the World U18 Chess Championship.

Using chessbase I determined that GM Tomashevsky's favorite opening with White is 1.Nf3 (ala Kramnik!). Against 1.e4 GM Tomashevsky prefers to play classically with the response 1..e5. Against 1.d4 he plays 1...Nf6 (playing either the Queen's Indian Defense after 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3) or the Nimzo-Indian Defense after 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3). In his chess career GM Tomashevsky has defeated GM's Epishin, Ganguly, Minisian, Korneev, Motylev, Novikov, Dolmatov,Areshchenko,
and has draws with GM's Svidler, Adams,Morozovich,Rublevsky, Bu Xiangzhi, Bologan, Shirov and Ponomariov. Tomashevsky's current elo of 2664 makes him the 60th highest active-rated player in the World. GM Tomashevsky, congratulations on your victory in the European Individual Chess Championship, and I wish you continued success in your chess career!

Here is how GM Tomashevsky came to win the title:
Tiebreaks for European Champion title and medals: (two games at 15 min+5 sec, followed by 5/4 armaggedon)

Round 1
11 GM Nyback Tomi - 6 GM Malakhov Vladimir 0.5-1.5
7 GM Grachev Boris - 10 GM Guseinov Gadir 1-2
9 GM Kobalia Mikhail - 8 GM Jobava Baadur 1-2

Round 2
GM Jobava Baadur - GM Sokolov Ivan 2-0
GM Inarkiev Ernesto - GM Guseinov Gadir 2-1
GM Malakhov Vladimir - GM Naiditsch Arkadij 1.5-1.5
GM Tomashevsky Evgeny - GM Navara David 1.5-0.5

Semifinal
GM Jobava Baadur - GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 1-2
GM Malakhov Vladimir - GM Inarkiev Ernesto 1.5-0.5

Final
GM Malakhov Vladimir - GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 1-2

3rd place
GM Jobava Baadur - GM Inarkiev Ernesto 1.5-0.5


Tiebreaks for World Cup qualifiers

GM Areshchenko Alexander - GM Savchenko Boris 0-2
GM Sakaev Konstantin - GM Stevic Hrvoje 3-1
GM Vitiugov Nikita - GM Svetushkin Dmitry 1.5-0.5
GM Petrosian Tigran L - GM Dreev Alexey 1.5-0.5
GM Kurnosov Igor - GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter 0.5-1.5
GM Pashikian Arman - GM Lupulescu Constantin 0-2
GM Mikhalevski Victor - GM Motylev Alexander 0-2

These players, all who finished with 7.5 points, have qualified for the World Cup 2009: Fedorchuk ,Mamedov, Mateusz, Meier, Nijboer, Rauf, Sjugirov, and Timofeev.

FIDE Women's Grand Prix Istanbul:round 11 results,final standings

The FIDE Women's Grand Prix event in Istanbul has concluded. Here are the results from the last round of play:

Round 11 on 2009/03/19


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NameRtgRes.
NameRtg

GMSEBAG Marie25290 - 1GMKONERU Humpy2621

IMDANIELIAN Elina24961 - 0GMZHAO Xue2508

WGMSHEN Yang2448½ - ½GMHOU Yifan2571

GMCHIBURDANIDZE Maia25160 - 1IMFIERRO Baquero Martha L.2403

WGMMAMEDJAROVA Zeinab2362½ - ½WIMYILDIZ Betul Cemre2214

GMSTEFANOVA Antoaneta25570 - 1GMCRAMLING Pia2548

Here are the final standings:Congratulations to GM Humpy Koneru who is the winner of the FIDE Women's Grand Prix event in Istanbul!

Final Ranking


Rank.
NameRtgFEDPtsRes.SB.Koya
1
GMKONERU Humpy2621IND043,50
2
IMDANIELIAN Elina2496ARM8½40,254
3
GMHOU Yifan2571CHN8½39,754
4
GMZHAO Xue2508CHN035,25
5
GMSEBAG Marie2529FRA6028,003
6
IMFIERRO Baquero Martha L.2403ECU120,001
7
GMCRAMLING Pia2548SWE022,751
8
GMSTEFANOVA Antoaneta2557BUL5½20,752
9
GMCHIBURDANIDZE Maia2516GEO5½20,25
10
WGMMAMEDJAROVA Zeinab2362AZE110,251
11
WGMSHEN Yang2448CHN017,752
12
WIMYILDIZ Betul Cemre2214TUR208,

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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.