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Thursday, December 31, 2009

52nd Torneo di Capodanno chess tournament in Reggio Emilia: round 4 standings

Four rounds of the Reggio Emila Chess Tournament have been completed. Here are the standings after 4 rounds of play:

52nd It Reggio Emilia ITA 2009


1
2
3
4



1
Almasi,Z

2704
+ ½/2
- ½/6
+ 1/5
- 1/10
3.0 / 4


2
Godena,M

2537
- ½/1
+ 1/9
- ½/3
- ½/4
2.5 / 4
5.00

3
Kamsky,G

2695
- 1/9
- ½/4
+ ½/2
- ½/6
2.5 / 4
4.50

4
Safarli,E

2592
- 1/10
+ ½/3
- ½/8
+ ½/2
2.5 / 4
4.00

5
Jobava,Ba

2696
- ½/8
+ 1/7
- 0/1
+ 1/9
2.5 / 4
3.50

6
Caruana,F

2652
- 1/7
+ ½/1
- 0/9
+ ½/3
2.0 / 4
4.50

7
Bologan,V

2692
+ 0/6
- 0/5
+ 1/10
- 1/8
2.0 / 4
3.50

8
Landa,K

2664
+ ½/5
- ½/10
+ ½/4
+ 0/7
1.5 / 4


9
Vocaturo,D

2500
+ 0/3
- 0/2
+ 1/6
- 0/5
1.0 / 4


10
Brunello,S

2507
+ 0/4
+ ½/8
- 0/7
+ 0/1
0.5 / 4


You can play through each of the games played so far as well as download the games in PGN format by going to the following website: http://www.ippogrifoscacchi.it/tornei_capodanno/52/default.asp

Magnus Carlsen is the top-rated chess player in the World

19 year old Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen has become the highest-rated chess player in the World. Carlsen is first on the new FIDE ratings list which was released by the governing body of chess, the FIDE.

Here are the top-rated players on the January 2010 ratings list:

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
1 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2810 16 1990
2 Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2805 4 1975
3 Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2790 9 1969
4 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2788 16 1975
5 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2781 17 1982
6 Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2761 25 1968
7 Gashimov, Vugar g AZE 2759 21 1986
8 Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2749 13 1969
9 Wang, Yue g CHN 2749 8 1987
10 Svidler, Peter g RUS 2744 27 1976
11 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2741 19 1985
12 Leko, Peter g HUN 2739 9 1979
13 Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2737 25 1983
14 Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2736 14 1983
15 Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2736 8 1983
16 Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2733 13 1987
17 Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2732 19 1977
18 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2730 21 1990
19 Jakovenko, Dmitry g RUS 2730 17 1983
20 Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2723 19 1972

source:http://ratings.fide.com/top.phtml?list=men

Here are the top rated Women:

Top 100 Women January 2010
Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
1 Polgar, Judit g HUN 2682 4 1976
2 Koneru, Humpy g IND 2614 8 1987
3 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2590 14 1994
4 Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2545 7 1979
5 Kosintseva, Nadezhda m RUS 2533 9 1985
6 Cramling, Pia g SWE 2528 4 1963
7 Muzychuk, Anna m SLO 2523 25 1990
8 Kosteniuk, Alexandra g RUS 2523 10 1984
9 Lahno, Kateryna g UKR 2518 16 1989
10 Kosintseva, Tatiana g RUS 2515 8 1986
11 Chiburdanidze, Maia g GEO 2514 0 1961
12 Ju, Wenjun wg CHN 2512 4 1991
13 Sebag, Marie g FRA 2510 8 1986
14 Dzagnidze, Nana g GEO 2506 19 1987
15 Zhao, Xue g CHN 2504 4 1985
16 Mkrtchian, Lilit m ARM 2503 9 1982
17 Pogonina, Natalija wg RUS 2501 0 1985
18 Danielian, Elina m ARM 2495 11 1978
19 Javakhishvili, Lela m GEO 2493 7 1984
20 Cmilyte, Viktorija m LTU 2489 9 1983

 source:http://ratings.fide.com/top.phtml?list=women

You can see the lists for the 20 top-rated juniors and the 20  top-rated girls in the World of chess  by clicking on the following two links:  http://ratings.fide.com/top.phtml?list=juniors and http://ratings.fide.com/top.phtml?list=girls

2009/2010 Rilton Cup Chess Tournament:round 5 results and standings, round 6 pairings

Here are the results from  the top boards for round 5 of the  2009/2010 Rilton Cup Chess Tournament (the player on the left had the white pieces in the game):

Round 5 on 2009/12/31 at 12:00

Bo.
No.

Name
Pts.
Result
Pts.

Name
No.
1
3
GM
Rozentalis Eduardas

1 - 0

GM
Miezis Normunds
14
2
12
GM
Shimanov Aleksandr

1 - 0

IM
Richter Michael
28
3
1
GM
Wojtaszek Radoslaw
3
1 - 0
3
GM
Cramling Pia
15
4
13
GM
Ivanov Sergey
3
½ - ½
3
GM
Mcshane Luke
2
5
16
GM
Handke Florian
3
0 - 1
3
GM
Lysyj Igor
4
6
7
IM
Ponkratov Pavel
3
1 - 0
3
IM
Lauber Arnd
18
7
26
IM
Yuneev Alexey
3
½ - ½
3
GM
Evgeny Gleizerov
8
8
6
GM
Popov Valerij

1 - 0
3

Jacobsen Bo
35
9
9
GM
Ulibin Mikhail

½ - ½

GM
Bellon Juan
24
10
10
GM
Ionov Sergey

1 - 0

IM
Lindberg Bengt
31
11
11
IM
Grandelius Nils

1 - 0

IM
Cramling Dan
30
12
21
GM
Brynell Stellan

½ - ½

WIM
Molchanova Tatjana
33
13
38

de Verdier Michael

1 - 0

GM
Åkesson Ralf
23
14
5
GM
Hammer Jon Ludvig
2
½ - ½
2
FM
Andersen Mads
36
15
17
GM
Berczes David
2
½ - ½
2
FM
Kauppila Osmo
37
16
19
GM
Karlsson Lars
2
1 - 0
2

Ängskog Kent
42
17
20
IM
Gavrilov Alexei
2
1 - 0
2

Kopasov Alexander
44
18
22
IM
Semcesen Daniel
2
1 - 0
2

Kiuttu Roope
50
19
29
IM
Gorovykh Eduard
2
1 - 0
2
WIM
Agrest Inna
55
20
32
IM
Berczes Csaba
2
1 - 0
2

Satonen Arto
56
21
34

Von Bahr Oskar
2
½ - ½
2

Markevich Ilya
57
22
66

Vaarala Eric
2
½ - ½


Nguyen Michael
52

To see the results of the other boards click on the following link: http://www.chess-results.com/tnr28758.aspx?art=1&rd=5&lan=1&m=-1&wi=1000

These were the standings after 5 rounds of play for the top-scoring players:

Rank after Round 5

Rk.

Name
FED
Rtg
Club/City
Pts.
 TB1
 TB2
1
GM
Rozentalis Eduardas
LTU
2611

4,5
14,0
0,0
2
GM
Shimanov Aleksandr
RUS
2535

4,5
13,0
0,0
3
GM
Wojtaszek Radoslaw
POL
2637

4,0
12,0
0,0
4
GM
Lysyj Igor
RUS
2609

4,0
11,0
0,0
5
IM
Ponkratov Pavel
RUS
2575

4,0
11,0
0,0
6
IM
Richter Michael
GER
2412

3,5
12,5
0,0
7
GM
Miezis Normunds
LAT
2530

3,5
12,0
0,0
8
GM
Ivanov Sergey
RUS
2530

3,5
12,0
0,0
9
GM
Mcshane Luke
ENG
2615

3,5
11,5
0,0
10
GM
Popov Valerij
RUS
2588

3,5
11,0
0,0
11
GM
Evgeny Gleizerov
RUS
2566

3,5
10,5
0,0

IM
Yuneev Alexey
RUS
2428

3,5
10,5
0,0
13
GM
Ionov Sergey
RUS
2545

3,5
10,5
0,0
14
IM
Grandelius Nils
SWE
2540
Lunds ASK
3,5
10,0
0,0


de Verdier Michael
SWE
2270
Eksjö SK
3,5
10,0
0,0
16
GM
Handke Florian
GER
2513

3,0
11,0
0,0
17
GM
Ulibin Mikhail
RUS
2548

3,0
11,0
0,0
18
GM
Cramling Pia
SWE
2525
Sollentuna SK
3,0
10,5
0,0

IM
Lauber Arnd
GER
2503

3,0
10,5
0,0
20
GM
Bellon Juan
ESP
2435
Sollentuna SK
3,0
9,5
0,0
21
GM
Karlsson Lars
SWE
2491
SK Rockaden
3,0
9,5
0,0

IM
Semcesen Daniel
SWE
2460
Lunds ASK
3,0
9,5
0,0
23

Jacobsen Bo
DEN
2306

3,0
9,0
0,0
24
GM
Brynell Stellan
SWE
2472
Limhamns SK
3,0
9,0
0,0
25
IM
Gorovykh Eduard
RUS
2410

3,0
9,0
0,0
26
IM
Gavrilov Alexei
RUS
2481

3,0
9,0
0,0

IM
Berczes Csaba
HUN
2379

3,0
9,0
0,0
28
WIM
Molchanova Tatjana
RUS
2368

3,0
8,5
0,0

To see the entire crosstable for all the players after 5 rounds of play, click on the following link:

http://www.chess-results.com/tnr28758.aspx?art=1&rd=5&lan=1&m=-1&wi=1000

These are the pairings for the top boards for round 6:

Round 6 on 2010/01/02 at 12:00

Bo.
No.

Name
Pts.
Result
Pts.

Name
No.
1
12
GM
Shimanov Aleksandr



GM
Rozentalis Eduardas
3
2
4
GM
Lysyj Igor
4

4
GM
Wojtaszek Radoslaw
1
3
8
GM
Evgeny Gleizerov


4
IM
Ponkratov Pavel
7
4
2
GM
Mcshane Luke



IM
Yuneev Alexey
26
5
14
GM
Miezis Normunds



GM
Popov Valerij
6
6
28
IM
Richter Michael



GM
Ionov Sergey
10
7
11
IM
Grandelius Nils




de Verdier Michael
38
8
9
GM
Ulibin Mikhail
3


GM
Ivanov Sergey
13
9
15
GM
Cramling Pia
3

3
IM
Semcesen Daniel
22
10
24
GM
Bellon Juan
3

3
GM
Handke Florian
16
11
18
IM
Lauber Arnd
3

3
IM
Gorovykh Eduard
29
12
33
WIM
Molchanova Tatjana
3

3
GM
Karlsson Lars
19
13
20
IM
Gavrilov Alexei
3

3
IM
Berczes Csaba
32
14
35

Jacobsen Bo
3

3
GM
Brynell Stellan
21

To see the pairings for all the players for round 6 click on the following link:

http://www.chess-results.com/tnr28758.aspx?art=2&rd=6&lan=1&m=-1&wi=1000

Hastings Chess Congress 2009-2010 round 3 and 4 results, round 4 standings, and round 5 pairings

Here are the results from the top boards for round 3 of the Hastings Chess Congress Masters section (the player on the left had the white pieces in the game):

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Pairings round 3 (Tuesday, 29 December 2009)

Table
White
Flags
Score
Fed.
Rating
Black
Flags
Score
Fed.
Rating
Result
1
GM Arkell, Keith C

2.0
ENG
2464
GM Istratescu, Andrei

2.0
ROU
2624
½-½
2
GM Edouard, Romain

2.0
FRA
2620
FM Hawkins, Jonathan

2.0
ENG
2383
½-½
3
GM Howell, David W L

2.0
ENG
2597
Mitchell, Martin

2.0
SCO
2195
1-0
4
GM Hracek, Zbynek

1.5
CZE
2624
GM Hebden, Mark L

2.0
ENG
2522
½-½
5
Williams, Peter A

2.0
ENG
2012
GM Drozdovskij, Yuri

1.5
UKR
2625
0-1
6
GM Gormally, Daniel W

1.5
ENG
2479
IM Kolbus, Dietmar

1.5
GER
2355
½-½
7
FM Lorscheid, Gerhard

1.5
GER
2348
IM Philippe, Christophe

1.5
FRA
2430
0-1
8
IM Breder, Dennis

1.5
GER
2427
FM Eames, Robert S

1.5
ENG
2276
1-0
9
IM Prosviriakov, Vladimir

1.5
USA
2311
IM Kjartansson, Gudmundur

1.5
ISL
2391
½-½
10
IM Ansell, Simon T

1.5
ENG
2387
IM Knott, Simon J B

1.5
ENG
2348
½-½
11
FM Eggleston, David J

1.5
ENG
2367
CM Kwiatkowski, Feliks J

1.5
ENG
2248
½-½
12
GM Williams, Simon K
i
1.0
ENG
2550
Franklin, Samuel G A

1.5
ENG
2139
0-1

To see all the results from this round click on the following link: http://www.hastingschess.org.uk/2010/SMWSite/index.html
and then click on "Pairings 3".

These were the standings after 3 rounds of play for the top scoring players:

Rank
Name
Flags
Score
Fed.
M/F
Rating
TPR
W-We
1
2
3
1
GM Howell, David W L

3.0
ENG
M
2597
3022
+0.42
1
1
1
2
GM Drozdovskij, Yuri

2.5
UKR
M
2625
2606
-0.03
1
½
1
3
GM Istratescu, Andrei

2.5
ROU
M
2624
2647
+0.10
1
1
½
4
GM Edouard, Romain

2.5
FRA
M
2620
2640
+0.08
1
1
½
5
GM Hebden, Mark L

2.5
ENG
M
2522
2641
+0.47
1
1
½
6
GM Arkell, Keith C

2.5
ENG
M
2464
2672
+0.75
1
1
½
7
IM Philippe, Christophe

2.5
FRA
M
2430
2517
+0.30
½
1
1
8
IM Breder, Dennis

2.5
GER
M
2427
2649
+0.80
1
½
1
9
FM Hawkins, Jonathan

2.5
ENG
M
2383
2724
+1.26
1
1
½
10
Franklin, Samuel G A

2.5
ENG
M
2139
2568
+1.52
1
½
1
11
Demac, Elias

2.5
NOR
M
2084
2451
+1.34
1
½
1
12
Grant, David J

2.5
ENG
M
2020
2453
+1.09
+
½
1

To see the standings for all the players at the end of round 3 click on the following link: http://www.hastingschess.org.uk/2010/SMWSite/index.html and then click on rankings 3.

Here are the results of the top boards  from round 4 of the Masters section


Table
White
Flags
Score
Fed.
Rating
Black
Flags
Score
Fed.
Rating
Result
1
IM Philippe, Christophe

2.5
FRA
2430
GM Howell, David W L

3.0
ENG
2597
½-½
2
GM Drozdovskij, Yuri

2.5
UKR
2625
Demac, Elias

2.5
NOR
2084
1-0
3
GM Istratescu, Andrei

2.5
ROU
2624
IM Breder, Dennis

2.5
GER
2427
1-0
4
Franklin, Samuel G A

2.5
ENG
2139
GM Edouard, Romain

2.5
FRA
2620
0-1
5
GM Hebden, Mark L

2.5
ENG
2522
Grant, David J

2.5
ENG
2020
1-0
6
FM Hawkins, Jonathan

2.5
ENG
2383
GM Arkell, Keith C

2.5
ENG
2464
½-½
7
CM Kwiatkowski, Feliks J

2.0
ENG
2248
GM Hracek, Zbynek

2.0
CZE
2624
0-1
8
Mitchell, Martin

2.0
SCO
2195
GM Gormally, Daniel W

2.0
ENG
2479
0-1
9
Salimbeni, George P W

2.0
ENG
2162
IM Collins, Sam E.

2.0
IRL
2431
½-½
10
IM Greet, Andrew N

2.0
ENG
2423
Almond, Richard J

2.0
ENG
2174
1-0
11
Green, Andrew D

2.0
SCO
2151
WGM Zdebskaja, Natalia
w
2.0
UKR
2408
½-½
12
IM Kjartansson, Gudmundur

2.0
ISL
2391
McKenna, Jason P

2.0
ENG
2147
1-0
13
Goodger, Martyn

2.0
ENG
2147
IM Ansell, Simon T

2.0
ENG
2387
0-1
14
Nilsen, Joachim Birger

2.0
NOR
2126
IM Bates, Richard A

2.0
ENG
2383
½-½
15
Hansen, Victor

2.0
NOR
2113
FM Eggleston, David J

2.0
ENG
2367
½-½
16
IM Kolbus, Dietmar

2.0
GER
2355
FM Cafferty, Bernard

2.0
ENG
2141
1-0
17
Jackson, James P

2.0
ENG
2067
IM Giffard, Nicolas

2.0
FRA
2351
½-½
18
IM Knott, Simon J B

2.0
ENG
2348
Sreeves, Clement

2.0
SCO
2061
1-0
19
Brechin, Hugh R

2.0
SCO
2025
FM Druckenthaner, Andreas

2.0
AUT
2296
0-1
20
Williams, Peter A

2.0
ENG
2012
Getz, Nicolai

2.0
NOR
2270
1-0
21
Talsma, Paul

2.0
NED
2252
Webb, Matthew

2.0
ENG
1987
1-0

These were the standings for the top players in the Masters section after 4 rounds of play:

Rank
Name
Flags
Score
Fed.
M/F
Rating
TPR
W-We
1
2
3
4
1
GM Drozdovskij, Yuri

3.5
UKR
M
2625
2654
+0.08
1
½
1
1
2
GM Istratescu, Andrei

3.5
ROU
M
2624
2723
+0.35
1
1
½
1
3
GM Edouard, Romain

3.5
FRA
M
2620
2679
+0.19
1
1
½
1
4
GM Howell, David W L

3.5
ENG
M
2597
2659
+0.20
1
1
1
½
5
GM Hebden, Mark L

3.5
ENG
M
2522
2655
+0.58
1
1
½
1
6
GM Hracek, Zbynek

3.0
CZE
M
2624
2530
-0.31
½
1
½
1
7
GM Gormally, Daniel W

3.0
ENG
M
2479
2450
-0.08
1
½
½
1
8
GM Arkell, Keith C

3.0
ENG
M
2464
2588
+0.64
1
1
½
½
9
IM Philippe, Christophe

3.0
FRA
M
2430
2525
+0.52
½
1
1
½
10
IM Greet, Andrew N

3.0
ENG
M
2423
2460
+0.26
1
0
1
1
11
IM Kjartansson, Gudmundur

3.0
ISL
M
2391
2389
+0.02
½
1
½
1
12
IM Ansell, Simon T

3.0
ENG
M
2387
2401
+0.10
½
1
½
1
13
FM Hawkins, Jonathan

3.0
ENG
M
2383
2647
+1.37
1
1
½
½
14
IM Kolbus, Dietmar

3.0
GER
M
2355
2407
+0.31
½
1
½
1
15
IM Knott, Simon J B

3.0
ENG
M
2348
2467
+0.66
1
½
½
1
16
FM Druckenthaner, Andreas

3.0
AUT
M
2296
2391
+0.48
0
1
1
1
17
Talsma, Paul

3.0
NED
M
2252
2326
+0.43
0
1
1
1
18
Williams, Peter A

3.0
ENG
M
2012
2440
+2.14
1
1
0
1


To see the standings for all the players in the Masters section after 4 rounds click on the following link: http://www.hastingschess.org.uk/2010/SMWSite/index.html
and then click on "Rankings 4".

Here are the pairings for round 5 for the top boards:
(the player on the left has the white pieces in the game):

Table
White
Flags
Score
Fed.
Rating
Black
Flags
Score
Fed.
Rating
Result
1
GM Edouard, Romain

3.5
FRA
2620
GM Drozdovskij, Yuri

3.5
UKR
2625

2
GM Howell, David W L

3.5
ENG
2597
GM Istratescu, Andrei

3.5
ROU
2624

3
IM Ansell, Simon T

3.0
ENG
2387
GM Hebden, Mark L

3.5
ENG
2522

4
GM Hracek, Zbynek

3.0
CZE
2624
IM Kolbus, Dietmar

3.0
GER
2355

5
GM Gormally, Daniel W

3.0
ENG
2479
FM Hawkins, Jonathan

3.0
ENG
2383

6
GM Arkell, Keith C

3.0
ENG
2464
IM Knott, Simon J B

3.0
ENG
2348

7
FM Druckenthaner, Andreas

3.0
AUT
2296
IM Philippe, Christophe

3.0
FRA
2430

8
IM Kjartansson, Gudmundur

3.0
ISL
2391
Williams, Peter A

3.0
ENG
2012

9
Talsma, Paul

3.0
NED
2252
IM Greet, Andrew N

3.0
ENG
2423

10
IM Collins, Sam E.

2.5
IRL
2431
FM Furman, Boris

2.5
RUS
2223

11
IM Breder, Dennis

2.5
GER
2427
Anderson, John

2.5
ENG
2209


To see all the pairings for the  5th round of play in the Masters section click on the  following link: http://www.hastingschess.org.uk/2010/SMWSite/index.html and then click on "Pairings 5".

Here are the scores and rankings of  the Women participants in the Masters section after 5 rounds of play:
Ranking after round 5 - Females

Rank
Name
Flags
Score
Fed.
M/F
Rating
TPR
W-We
1
2
3
4
5
21
WGM Zdebskaja, Natalia
w
2.5
UKR
F
2408
2171
-0.89
½
½
1
½

52
WIM Worek, Joanna
w
2.0
POL
F
2226
2252
+0.10
1
0
½
½

64
WFM Wilson, Alexandra
w
2.0
SUI
F
2089
2081
-0.01
1
0
0
1

78
WFM Norinkeviciute, Rasa
w
1.5
LTU
F
2027
2019
-0.05
1
0
½
0

83
Hoare, Amy
w
1.5
ENG
F
1797
2004
+0.90
½
½
0
½

94
WFM Yurenok, Maria S
w
1.0
ENG
F
1968
1908
-0.22
=
0
0
½

103
Moore, Gillian A
w
0.5
ENG
F
1902
1794
-0.43
0
½
0
0

December 30th:The anniversary of Winston Churchill's "chicken" speech

December 30,2009 is not only the eve of  New Year's Eve, but it is also the anniversary of a famous speech given by Winston Churchill during World War 2. Churchill's speech, given while he was in Canada, is referred to as his "chicken speech" because during it he makes the following statement:

  "When I warned [the French] that Britain would fight on alone, whatever they did, their Generals told their Prime Minister and his divided cabinet: 'In three weeks, England will have her neck wrung like a chicken.

       "Some chicken....Some neck!

       —Canadian Parliament, Ottawa, 30 December 1941. F

You can listen to the entire speech that Churchill gave on December30,1941 by going to this link:
http://archives.cbc.ca/on_this_day/12/30/

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Hastings Chess Congress 2009-10:round 2

The traditional  Hastings Chess Congress  is taking place in Hastings, England from   December 28, 2009 until January 5, 2010. The congress has  a number of tournaments, the main one being the Hastings Masters Tournament. This year's tournament has attracted the following top-rate players:

DROZDOVSKIJ Yuri, UKR, gm, 2625
HRACEK Zbrynek, CZE, gm, 2624
EDOUARD Romain, FRA, gm, 2620
ISTRATESCU Andrei, ROU, gm, 2624
HOWELL David, ENG, gm, 2597
WILLIAMS Simon, ENG, gm, 2550
HEBDEN Mark, ENG, gm, 2522
ARKELL Keith, ENG, gm 2464
SHALNEV Nikolai, GER, gm, 2450
COLLINS Sam, IRL, im, 2431
PHILIPPE Christophe, FRA, im, 2430
BREDER Dennis, GER, im, 2427
GREET Andrew, ENG, im, 2423
MARTIN Andrew, ENG, im, 2423
ZDEBSKAJA Natalia, UKR, wgm, 2408


source: http://www.hastingschess.org.uk/news_view.asp?ID=265


Here are the standings after 2 rounds of play:

Ranking after round 2 (Tuesday, 29 December 2009)

Rank
Name
Flags
Score
Fed.
M/F
Rating
TPR
W-We
1
2
1
GM Istratescu, Andrei

2.0
ROU
M
2624
3064
+0.31
1
1
2
GM Edouard, Romain

2.0
FRA
M
2620
3095
+0.38
1
1
3
GM Howell, David W L

2.0
ENG
M
2597
3043
+0.31
1
1
4
GM Hebden, Mark L

2.0
ENG
M
2522
2976
+0.33
1
1
5
GM Arkell, Keith C

2.0
ENG
M
2464
3022
+0.54
1
1
6
FM Hawkins, Jonathan

2.0
ENG
M
2383
3101
+0.96
1
1
7
Mitchell, Martin

2.0
SCO
M
2195
3144
+1.55
1
1
8
Williams, Peter A

2.0
ENG
M
2012
2913
+1.43
1
1
9
GM Drozdovskij, Yuri

1.5
UKR
M
2625
2555
-0.14
1
½
10
GM Hracek, Zbynek

1.5
CZE
M
2624
2468
-0.28
½
1
11
GM Gormally, Daniel W

1.5
ENG
M
2479
2432
-0.07
1
½
12
IM Philippe, Christophe

1.5
FRA
M
2430
2385
-0.09
½
1
13
IM Breder, Dennis

1.5
GER
M
2427
2619
+0.50
1
½
14
IM Kjartansson, Gudmundur

1.5
ISL
M
2391
2356
-0.07
½
1
15
IM Ansell, Simon T

1.5
ENG
M
2387
2361
-0.05
½
1
16
FM Eggleston, David J

1.5
ENG
M
2367
2336
-0.07
½
1
17
IM Kolbus, Dietmar

1.5
GER
M
2355
2311
-0.09
½
1
18
IM Knott, Simon J B

1.5
ENG
M
2348
2518
+0.45
1
½
19
FM Lorscheid, Gerhard

1.5
GER
M
2348
2319
-0.06
½
1
20
IM Prosviriakov, Vladimir

1.5
USA
M
2311
2354
+0.11
½
1
21
FM Eames, Robert S

1.5
ENG
M
2276
2519
+0.58
½
1
22
CM Kwiatkowski, Feliks J

1.5
ENG
M
2248
2361
+0.31
½
1
23
Franklin, Samuel G A

1.5
ENG
M
2139
2391
+0.63
1
½
24
Straub, Peter

1.5
GER
M
2122
2387
+0.64
1
½
25
Demac, Elias

1.5
NOR
M
2084
2300
+0.54
1
½
26
Jackson, James P

1.5
ENG
M
2067
2183
+0.33
½
1
27
Spanton, Tim R

1.5
ENG
M
2026
2149
+0.38
1
½
28
Grant, David J

1.5
ENG
M
2020
2223
+0.26
+
½
29
Doran, Chris

1.5
ENG
M
1963
2363
+1.02
½
1
30
Niloy, Chakraborty

1.5
IND
M
1800 *
2338
0
1
½

The official tournament website is at: http://www.hastingschess.org.uk/

Live games can be followed by clicking on the following link: http://www.hastingschess.org.uk/live.htm

Best wishes to all the players in this year's tournament!

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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.