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Friday, February 12, 2010

Linares 2010 begins on Saturday

The 2010 Linares Chess tournament will begin tommorrow in  Linares, Spain. The tournament will run from
tommorrow (February 13, until February 25). According to what I have read, the ratings of the players below, make this year's tournament a Category 21 event.This places this year's tournament  in a tie for the highest rated tournament in history with a few other tournaments in history.
Here is the player's list for this year's tournament:

GM Veselin Topalov           of Bulgaria        (elo 2805)  #2  on the FIDE January 2010 Ratings list
GM Levon Aronian             of Armenia       (elo 2781)   #5   on the FIDE January 2010 Ratings list
 GM Boris Gelfand             of Israel             (elo 2761)  #6   on the FIDE January 2010 Ratings list
GM Vugar Gashimov          of   Azerbaijan  (elo  2759)  #7   on the FIDE January 2010 Ratings list
GM Alexander Grischuk      of Russia          (elo 2736)   #15 on the FIDE January 2010 Ratings list
GM Francisco Vallejo Pons of Spain           (elo 2705)   #31  on the FIDE January 2010 Ratings list

This tournament is a 10-round double-round robin format tournament, with the players being given rest days on February 17th and February 22nd.

 GM Alexander Grischuk is the defending champion at Linares,having won the tournament last year on a tie-break over GM Vassily Ivanchuk.

The official tournament website for this event is: (In Spanish.).This is the 26th  year the tournament has been played. Today the players drew lots to decide pairings numbers.As of yet I have not found an official pairings list on the internet for the tournament. Best wishes to all the players in this year's tournament!

ChessOK is going to broadcast all games of this tournament with Rybka Aquarium commentary.Rybka is the highest-rated chess program in the World.You can watch the games and view the commentary of Rybka by going to this website:

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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.