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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Should I drink a glass of water or a glass of coca cola?

Should I drink a glass of water or a glass of coke?








WATER
#1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (Likely applies to half the world population)

#2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak That it is mistaken for hunger.

#3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as 3%.

#4.. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.

#5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

#6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

#7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term Memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a ! Printed page.

#8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of Colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast Cancer by 79%., and one is 50% less likely to develop Bladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water you should drink every day?

COKE
#1. In many states the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.

#2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke and it will be gone in two days.

#3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the 'real thing' sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous China .

#4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.

#5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.

#6. To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.

#7. To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.

#8... To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke into the load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle.. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION:
#1. The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. It will dissolve a nail in about four days. Phosphoric Acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis.
#2. To carry Coca-Cola syrup! (the concentrate) the commercial trucks must use a hazardous Material place cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.
#3. The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean engines of the trucks for about 20 years!

Now the question is, would you like a glass of water? Or Coke?

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Cellphone claims another chess GM




According to a report at Chessbase.com (http://www.chessbase.com), Grandmaster Alexander Delchev (pictured)  was forced to forfeit a game at the European Men's Team Chess Championship because his cellphone rang during play. The loss was an important one to the Bulgarian Team because it meant the Bulgarians lost their match to the English team by a score of  2.5-1.5.  If a player's cell phone rings during an FIDE match the rule is the that player automatically forfeits the game. Apparently the FIDE is so paranoid of players being able to use outside help in the form of a chess program or a chess database, that Mobile phones are banned from chess tournaments.


I do not own a cell phone and see no reason to,I can definitely see the advantage of having one if you are driving, in case your car breaks down, or if you have a fear of crime and 9-1-1 is just a phone call away, however, why do you need to bring a cell phone to a chess game?  This is not the first time I have heard of a prominent chess player forfeiting a game due to their cell phone going off, and it will not be the last time. Maybe someone should create some sort of device to remind chess players that their cell phone is on,before they begin playing the game! (Does anyone want to make some money off chess players?) 


To read about some other chess cheats visit this website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheating_in_chess


Source of image of GM Delchev:http://eric.macshogi.com/shogi/reportage/pros/habu/yvelines/habu-gb.html

GM Tiviakov wins 13th Unive Tournament Crown, GM Haslinger wins Unive Open

GM Sergei Tiviakov has won the top crown section at the 13th Unive Chess Event in Hoogeveen, The Netherlands. Tiviakov was the only player who won a game in the event (against Judit Polgar in round 4). All other games between all of the players (11 in total) were drawn. Here are the final standings:


Final 

RankNameScoreM/FRatingTPRW-WeSB123456
1GM Tiviakov, Sergei3.5M26702722+0.469.75½½½1½½
2GM Ivanchuk, Vassily3.0M27562636-0.969.0½½½½½½
3GM Giri, Anish3.0M25522704+1.209.0½½½½½½
4GM Polgar, Judit2.5F26872602-0.707.75½½½0½½
Generated by Swiss Master for Windows

Congratulations GM Tiviakov. GM Ivanchuk finished second due to his better tie-break.


At the same time as the Crown group were playing their tournament, and open tournament was also being held. It had 63 participants playing. GM Stuart Haslinger, who entered the event with an elo of  2529, had and undefeated score of 6 wins and two draws to claim first in the Open. GM Haslinger's performance elo was 2707. Second place was decided by a tie-break as four players had finished the event with scores of  6.5/9, these being GM Brodsky, GM Nijboer, GM Ubilin, and IM Caspi. GM Brodsky gained second on the tie-break.  The top scoring woman in the event was WIM Lyubka Genova of  Bulgaria with 4.5 points. Source:http://www.univechess.nl/index.html
 


Friday, October 23, 2009

13th Unive Tournament 2009:round 4 and 5 results, round 5 standings,round 6 pairings

Here are the results from rounds 5 and 6 of the 13th Unive Tournament (the player on the left had the white pieces in the game):








Round 4 (October 22, 2009)
Tiviakov, Sergei
- Polgar, Judit
1-0
50
B46
Sicilian Paulsen
Ivanchuk, Vassily
- Giri, Anish
½-½
26
A11
Reti Opening
Round 5 (October 23, 2009)
Ivanchuk, Vassily
- Tiviakov, Sergei
½-½
59
B01
Centre Counter
Giri, Anish
- Polgar, Judit
½-½
36
E15
Queens Indian


These results mean the following standings exist in the tournament after 5 rounds of play:

1st.GM Tiviakov 2670                      3 points
2nd-3rd GM Ivanchuk 2756
     and.GM Giri 2552, both have     2.5 points      
4. GM Polgar 2687,                       2.0 points



















Here are the pairings for round 6 (which will be played on Saturday): the player on the left has
the white pieces in the game):


-------------------------------------------------------------------- 
   Polgar, Judit                - Ivanchuk, Vassily                   
   Tiviakov, Sergei             - Giri, Anish             

JKCS041 galaxy cluster found in deep space




Source of image:(X-ray: NASA/CXC/INAF/S.Andreon et al Optical: DSS; ESO/VLT)

A cluster of galaxies has been found 10.2 billion light-years away from the Earth, breaking the record for the most distant known cluster.
The cluster, designated JKCS041, is one billion light-years further away than the previous record holder.
The object was first discovered in 2006 by astronomers using the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope, but was only recently confirmed to be a galaxy cluster by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory.

The distance of the cluster was determined by observations from the Canada-France-Hawaii telescope, the Very Large Telescope in Chile and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

The previous distance record holder for a galaxy cluster was one 9.2 billion light-years away, discovered by ESA's orbiting X-ray telescope XMM-Newton in 2006.



"Galaxy clusters are the largest gravitationally bound objects in the Universe. Finding such a large structure at this very early epoch can reveal important information about how the Universe evolved at this crucial stage."
"JKCS041 is found at the cusp of when scientists think galaxy clusters can exist in the early Universe based on how long it should take for them to assemble. Therefore, studying its characteristics -- such as composition, mass, and temperature -- will reveal more about how the Universe took shape."
"This object is close to the distance limit expected for a galaxy cluster," said Stefano Andreon of the National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) in Milan, Italy. "We don't think gravity can work fast enough to make galaxy clusters much earlier."

"Distant galaxy clusters are often detected first with optical and infrared observations that reveal their component galaxies dominated by old, red stars. JKCS041 was originally detected in 2006 in a survey from the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT). The distance to the cluster was then determined from optical and infrared observations from UKIRT, the Canada-France-Hawaii telescope in Hawaii and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Infrared observations are important because the optical light from the galaxies at large distances is shifted into infrared wavelengths because of the expansion of the universe."


"Galaxies are preferentially found in groups or larger agglomerations called clusters. The Local Group consists of our own galaxy, the larger spiral galaxy Andromeda (M31) and several smaller satellites, including the Large and Small Magellenic Clouds." (source:http://www.amtp.cam.ac.uk/user/gr/public/gal_lss.html)









Wednesday, October 21, 2009

17th European Team Chess Championship:dates,time control,top players

The 17th European Team Chess Championship is about to begin in Novi Sad (Serbia). The event runs from October 22nd until October 31st and features some of the strongest players in the World. The event is catergorized according to gender,with there being a Women's event and a Men's Event. In the Women's event here are the top-rated players participating:


World Woman's Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk is playing in this event as are the following top players:





No.

Name
FideID
Rtg
FED
Team
Bo.
Rp
n
w
we
w-we
K
rtg+/-
1
RUS
GM
Kosintseva Tatiana
4133471
2536
RUS
Russia
2
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
2
GEO
GM
Dzagnidze Nana
13601903
2535
GEO
Georgia
1
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
3
SLO
IM
Muzychuk Anna
14111330
2533
SLO
Slovenia
1
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
4
BUL
GM
Stefanova Antoaneta
2902257
2527
BUL
Bulgaria
1
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
5
FRA
GM
Sebag Marie
617822
2519
FRA
France
1
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
6
RUS
GM
Kosteniuk Alexandra
4128125
2516
RUS
Russia
1
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
7
RUS
IM
Kosintseva Nadezhda
4134974
2493
RUS
Russia
3
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
8
ARM
IM
Danielian Elina
13300210
2489
ARM
Armenia
1
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
9
UKR
GM
Lahno Kateryna
14109336
2483
UKR
Ukraine
1
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
10
GRE
IM
Dembo Yelena
723916
2482
GRE
Greece
1
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
11
GER
IM
Paehtz Elisabeth
4641833
2482
GER
Germany
1
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
12
POL
GM
Socko Monika
1106619
2476
POL
Poland
1
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
13
UKR
IM
Ushenina Anna
14110911
2474
UKR
Ukraine
3
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
14
GEO
IM
Javakhishvili Lela
13601458
2472
GEO
Georgia
2
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
15
ARM
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit
13300601
2469
ARM
Armenia
2
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
16
POL
IM
Rajlich Iweta
1108166
2465
POL
Poland
2
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
17
UKR
WGM
Zhukova Natalia
14101513
2457
UKR
Ukraine
2
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
18
RUS
IM
Romanko Marina
4149351
2453
RUS
Russia
4
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
15
0,0
19
GEO
IM
Khukhashvili Sopiko
13602055
2451
GEO
Georgia
3
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
20
UKR
IM
Gaponenko Inna
14101181
2438
UKR
Ukraine
4
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0


In the Men's section these top-rated players are participating:


No.

Name
FideID
Rtg
FED
Team
Bo.
Rp
n
w
we
w-we
K
rtg+/-
1
BUL
GM
Topalov Veselin
2900084
2813
BUL
Bulgaria
1
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
2
ARM
GM
Aronian Levon
13300474
2773
ARM
Armenia
1
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
3
AZE
GM
Radjabov Teimour
13400924
2757
AZE
Azerbaijan
1
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
4
RUS
GM
Morozevich Alexander
4116992
2750
RUS
Russia
2
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
5
RUS
GM
Jakovenko Dmitry
4122356
2742
RUS
Russia
3
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
6
RUS
GM
Svidler Peter
4102142
2741
RUS
Russia
1
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
7
AZE
GM
Gashimov Vugar
13400630
2740
AZE
Azerbaijan
2
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
8
ESP
GM
Shirov Alexei
2209390
2730
ESP
Spain
1
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
9
RUS
GM
Alekseev Evgeny
4138147
2725
RUS
Russia
4
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
10
AZE
GM
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar
13401319
2721
AZE
Azerbaijan
4
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
11
UKR
GM
Eljanov Pavel
14102951
2717
UKR
Ukraine
1
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
12
FRA
GM
Bacrot Etienne
605506
2709
FRA
France
1
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
13
ARM
GM
Akopian Vladimir
13300032
2698
ARM
Armenia
2
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
14
GEO
GM
Jobava Baadur
13601520
2696
GEO
Georgia
1
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
15
ESP
GM
Vallejo Pons Francisco
2205530
2696
ESP
Spain
2
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
16
CZE
GM
Navara David
309095
2692
CZE
Czech Republic
1
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
17
RUS
GM
Tomashevsky Evgeny
4147235
2688
RUS
Russia
5
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
18
HUN
GM
Almasi Zoltan
702293
2685
HUN
Hungary
1
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
19
GER
GM
Naiditsch Arkadij
4650891
2685
GER
Germany
1
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0
20
ENG
GM
Adams Michael
400041
2682
ENG
England
1
0
0
0
0,00
0,00
10
0,0

The official tournament website is at: http://www.eurons2009.com/eng.htm. This team tournament is a 9 round event for both of the sexes, and the tournament has the following time control: the time control will be 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one. Good luck to all the players participating! 

Visit GM Alexandra Kosteniuk's Women's Chess Blog:Please click on the image below:

Visit GM Alexandra Kosteniuk's Women's Chess Blog:Please click on the image below:
Chess needs more women and girl participants and administrators!

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.