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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Corus Chess Tournament 2010 : Final Report

The last rounds of the 2010 Corus Chess  Tournament were played today in Wijk aan Zee, The Netherlands. I have already talked about the last round of play in Grandmaster Group A in  my last blog post,however, here are the results from all last round games in the three Grandmaster Tournaments, as well as the final crosstables:

(the player on the left had the white pieces in the following games:)

Group A: Round 13 - Sun. Jan. 31st
Loek van Wely - Vishy Anand ½-½
Nigel Short - Jan Smeets ½-½
Hikaru Nakamura - Sergey Tiviakov  1-0
Magnus Carlsen - Fabiano Caruana ½-½
Vassily Ivanchuk - Peter Leko ½-½
Alexei Shirov - Leinier Dominguez ½-½
Vladimir Kramnik - Sergey Karjakin ½-½

Final Crosstable for Grandmaster Group A: The 4 digit number to the right of the player's name is that Player's elo rating entering the tournament. The number directly to the right of the player's elo rating when added or subtracted from the player's elo rating gives the player's performance rating for the tournament.If two or more players are tied with a certain point total,then my Chessbase 9.0 program calculates who wins the finishing place based upon a tie-break formula.Congratulations to GM Carlsen (pictured below) for winning, and also congratulations to GM Kramnik for finishing second and GM Shirov for finishing  third!

(Photo credit  AAS, ERLEND/AFP/Getty Images)

Grandmaster Group B:
Here are the last round results from the games played in Group B: (the player on the left had the white pieces in the game):

Group B: Round 13 - Sun. Jan. 31st
Arkadij Naiditsch - Erwin l'Ami  1-0
Wesley So - Anna Muzychuk ½-½
Varuzhan Akobian - David Howell  1-0
Parimarjan Negi - Anish Giri ½-½
Pentala Harikrishna - Tomi Nyback ½-½
Liviu Nisipeanu - Emil Sutovsky ½-½
Dimitri Reinderman - Ni Hua ½-½

These results mean the following final standings occurred in Grandmaster Group B: Congratulations to GM Anish Giri (pictured below)  for winning the B tournament! His rating perfomance for the tournament is 2773! Congratulations to GM Naiditsch for finishing second and to GM N Hua for finishing in third place! By winning the Grandmaster B tournament, Giri gets to play in the Grandmaster A tournament next year!

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Grandmaster Group C:
Here are the results from the final round of play in Grandmaster Group C:
(the player on the left had the white pieces in the game):

Group C: Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 30th
Soumya Swaminathan - Abhijeet Gupta  0-1
Ray Robson - Nils Grandelius ½-½
Robin Swinkels - Kjetil Lie ½-½
Mariya Muzychuk - Robin van Kampen  1-0
Stefan Kuipers - Li Chao ½-½
Peng Zhaoqin - Sjoerd Plukkel  0-1
Benjamin Bok - Daniele Vocaturo  1-0

These results mean the following final standings occurred in Grandmaster Group C:Congratulations to Grandmaster Li Chao (pictured below) for winning Group C.His rating performance was 2652. In second place was GM Abhijeet Gupta of India and in third was International Master  Robin Van Kampen. GM Chao gets to play in Grandmaster Group B next year as a reward for winning this section of the tournament.

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You can play through all of the games played in all three GM tournaments by clicking on 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.