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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

2010 World Team Chess championship:round 1 results

The first round of the 2010 World Team Chess Championship was played today in Bursa, Turkey. Firstly I would like to provide you with some information about Bursa and Turkey.

Here is a map of the country of Turkey: (source:http://www.kusadasiproperties.com/assets/photos/about_turkey/turkey_map.jpg )



Here is some information concerning the origin and history of the country of Turkey:

"The modern secular republic of Turkey was established in the 1920s by nationalist leader Kemal Ataturk.
"Straddling the continents of Europe and Asia, Turkey's strategically important location has given it major influence in the region - and control over the entrance to the Black Sea."

"Turkey's progress towards democracy and a market economy was halting in the decades following the death of President Ataturk in 1938. The army saw itself as the guarantor of the constitution, and ousted governments on a number of occasions when it thought they were challenging secular values."

"Turkey's powerful military - which sees itself as the guardian of the secular system - has a long history of involvement in politics."

"In recent years, as Ankara has set its sights firmly on European Union membership, the profile of the military has been lower in public life. Secularists concerned about the intentions of the Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party government since 2002 have increasingly turned to the courts."

"In March 2008 the Constitutional Court only narrowly rejected a petition by the chief prosecutor to ban the Justice and Development Party and 71 of its officials, including President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for allegedly seeking to establish an Islamic state."

"Turkey has long been at odds with its close neighbour, Greece, over territorial disputes in the Aegean and the divided island of Cyprus."


"It became an EU candidate country in 1999 and, in line with EU requirements, went on to introduce substantial human rights and economic reforms. The death penalty was abolished, tougher measures were brought in against torture and the penal code was overhauled."

"Reforms were introduced in the areas of women's rights and Kurdish culture, language, education and broadcasting. Women's rights activists have said the reforms do not go far enough and have accused the government of lacking full commitment to equality and acting only under EU pressure."

"The current population of the country of Turkey is  74.8 million (UN, 2009) people.The capital of the country is the city of Ankara and the country's largest city is Istanbul. The most frequently spoken language in Turkey is Turkish and the dominant religion of the people is Islam. The average yearly salary of a turkish resident is US $9,340 (World Bank, 2008)" (source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/country_profiles/1022222.stm)


Here are some facts about the city of Bursa, Turkey:



source of imagehttp://www.map-of-turkey.co.uk/maps/bursa.gif
"Bursa (historically also known as Prusa, Greek: Προύσα, and later as Brusa) is a city in northwestern Turkey and the seat of Bursa Province. With a population of 2,562,828 in 2007, it is Turkey's fourth largest city, as well as one of the most industrialized and culturally charged metropolitan centers in the country."

"Bursa is settled on the northwestern slopes of Mount Uludağ in the southern Marmara Region. It is bordered by the Sea of Marmara and Yalova to the north; Kocaeli and Sakarya to the northeast; Bilecik to the east; and Kütahya and Balıkesir to the south."

"The city is frequently cited as "Yeşil Bursa" (meaning "Green Bursa") in a reference to the parks and gardens located across its urban tissue, as well as to the vast forests in rich variety that extend in its surrounding region. The city is synonymous with Mount Uludağ which towers behind its core and which is also a famous ski resort."

"The earliest known site at this location was Cius, which Philip V of Macedonia granted to the Bithynian king Prusias I in 202 BC, for his help against Pergamum and Heraclea Pontica (modern Karadeniz Ereğli). Prusias renamed the city after himself, as Prusa."

"Prusa evolved into one of the largest cities of Mysia and retained its importance for the region throughout the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods. Its strategic location on the westernmost end of the famous Silk Road ensured Prusa to remain as one of the largest centers of silk trade throughout the Medieval period."

"Bursa became the first major capital city of the early Ottoman Empire following its capture from the Byzantines in 1326. As a result, the city witnessed a considerable amount of urban growth throughout the 14th century. After conquering Edirne (Adrianople) in 1365 the Ottomans turned it into a joint capital city for governing their European realms, but Bursa remained the most important Anatolian administrative and commercial center even after it lost its status as the sole Ottoman capital. The Ottoman sultan Bayezid I built the Bayezid Külliyesi (Bayezid I theological complex) in Bursa between 1390 and 1395 and the Ulu Cami (Great Mosque) between 1396 and 1400."

"Bursa is the center of the Turkish automotive industry. Factories of motor vehicle producers like FIAT and Renault, as well as automotive parts producers like Bosch have been active in the city for decades. The textile and food industries are equally strong, with Coca Cola, Pepsi Cola and other beverage brands, as well as fresh and canned food industries being present in the city's organized industrial zones."

"Traditionally, Bursa was famous for being the largest center of silk trade in the Byzantine and later the Ottoman empires, during the period of the lucrative Silk Road. The city is still a major center for textiles in Turkey and is home to the Bursa International Textiles and Trade Center." (source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bursa)

Here are the results from round one for the individual games at the 2010 World Team Chess Championship: GM Shulman's loss to International Master Emre Can is certainly the big story for round one of the championship!

Round 1 on 2010/01/05 at 15:00


1.1
1
AZERBAIJAN

2½ - 1½
10
ARMENIA

1
GM
Gashimov Vugar
2759
½ : ½
GM
Aronian Levon
2781
2
GM
Radjabov Teimour
2733
½ : ½
GM
Akopian Vladimir
2678
3
GM
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar
2741
1 : 0
GM
Pashikian Arman
2647
4
GM
Mamedov Rauf
2640
½ : ½
GM
Petrosian Tigran L
2627
1.2
2
TURKIYE

1 - 3
9
UNITED STATES

1
GM
Haznedaroglu Kivanc
2498
0 : 1
GM
Nakamura Hikaru
2708
2
IM
Yilmaz Mustafa
2478
0 : 1
GM
Onischuk Alexander
2670
3
IM
Can Emre
2442
1 : 0
GM
Shulman Yuri
2624
4
IM
Esen Baris
2513
0 : 1
GM
Akobian Varuzhan
2628
1.3
3
INDIA

2½ - 1½
8
GREECE

1
GM
Sasikiran Krishnan
2653
½ : ½
GM
Kotronias Vasilios
2599
2
GM
Ganguly Surya Shekhar
2654
½ : ½
GM
Papaioannou Ioannis
2625
3
GM
Geetha Narayanan Gopal
2584
½ : ½
GM
Banikas Hristos
2608
4
GM
Arun Prasad S
2567
1 : 0
GM
Halkias Stelios
2566
1.4
4
RUSSIA

2½ - 1½
7
BRAZIL

1
GM
Grischuk Alexander
2736
1 : 0
GM
Vescovi Giovanni
2660
2
GM
Morozevich Alexander
2732
½ : ½
GM
Leitao Rafael
2620
3
GM
Tomashevsky Evgeny
2705
½ : ½
GM
Fier Alexandr
2601
4
GM
Malakhov Vladimir
2716
½ : ½
GM
Milos Gilberto
2618
1.5
5
EGYPT

1 - 3
6
ISRAEL

1
GM
Adly Ahmed
2591
½ : ½
GM
Roiz Michael
2657
2
GM
Amin Bassem
2544
½ : ½
GM
Smirin Ilia
2668
3
IM
Ezat Mohamed
2471
0 : 1
GM
Sutovsky Emil
2657
4
IM
Abdel Razik Khaled
2468
0 : 1
GM
Postny Evgeny
2648







Here are the team standings after one round of play:


Rank after round 1
Rank
Team
Gam.
+
=
-
MP
Pts.
1
ISRAEL
1
1
0
0
2
3
UNITED STATES
1
1
0
0
2
3
3
AZERBAIJAN
1
1
0
0
2

INDIA
1
1
0
0
2

RUSSIA
1
1
0
0
2

6
BRAZIL
1
0
0
1
0

GREECE
1
0
0
1
0

ARMENIA
1
0
0
1
0

9
TURKIYE
1
0
0
1
0
1
EGYPT
1
0
0
1
0
1

These are the team pairings for round 2:

Round 2 on 2010/01/06 at 15:00


No.
SNo.
Team
Res.
Team
SNo.
1
10
ARMENIA
-
ISRAEL
6
2
7
BRAZIL
-
EGYPT
5
3
8
GREECE
-
RUSSIA
4
4
9
UNITED STATES
-
INDIA
3
5
1
AZERBAIJAN
-
TURKIYE
2

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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



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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.