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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Magnus Carlsen has won the 2010 Corus Chess Tournament

Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen of Norway has won the top section at the 2010 Corus Chess Tournament. Carlsen finished with a score of  8.5 points in the gruelling 13-round tournament. Alexei Shirov of Spain  and Vladimir Kramnik of Russia finished  tied for second with identical scores of  8 points. Here are the results from the last round of play in the Grandmaster A Section (the player on the left had the white pieces in the game):

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

As far as I am concerned the main story concerning the last round of play in Group A, was that Grandmaster Alexei Shirov missed a win in his last round game against Dominquez. In the following position, the two players agreed to a draw:

Dominquez had just played the move 30.....Bg7?? which is a terrible blunder which Shirov did not realize.This is a fact because Shirov could now win the game:


Now after:


Shirov could now win by playing:


Now Dominquez can only play one move to prevent checkmate, that being:

32..... Bf8[]

  Now, if Shirov were to play:


This again would leave his opponent with only one move to prevent checkmate,that being:


(ie.34.Qxf8 checkmate was threatened). 34.gxf7+ Qxf7 a) If 34...Kh7?? 35.Qg2 Threatening 36.Qg8+ 35...Qh2 (35...Kh6?? 36.Rh1+ Qh2[] the only move 37.Rxh2# checkmate) ; b) 34...Kg7?? loses to 35.Qg2+ Kh7 b1) 35...Kh8?? 36.Qg8#; b2) 35...Qg3 36.Qxg3+ Kh7(36...Kh6 37.Rh1#) 37.Qg8+ (37.Rh1+ Bh6[] the only move 38.Qg8#) 37...Kh6[] the only move 38.Rh1# checkmate; ; ]  

You can play through other variations relating to this ending (which I provide after the last diagram above)  by using Chessviewer Deluxe at the top of page one of my blog. Click on the Shirov-Dominquez game and these variations you see above can be examined.

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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.