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Saturday, March 27, 2010

A sad week in the world of chess:Elena Tairova and Vassily Smyslov pass away

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This week has been a trying one for me, due to problems relating to my blog and due to the passing away of two elite Chess players.  

Woman Grandmaster/Men's International Master Elena Tairova, (pictured above) born on August 28 1991, has died at the  the very young age of  18.  According to the link , "Elena became a WGM at just 14 years of age, and a full IM the following year. She won a succession of European and World girls’ junior titles, and in 2006 was the Russian women’s under-20 champion."  My condolences go to her family, and friends.

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Just now I have learned of another death in the Chess World.  Former World Chess Champion Grandmaster Vassily Smyslov (pictured above on the right about to play GM  Ljubomir Ljubojevoc 
at the 1984 USSR versus The World match) ) died today at age 89. Grandmaster Smyslov won the World Chess Championship from GM Botvinnik in 1957. My condolences go to his family and his friends. Ironically, I was playing through some of Grandmaster Smyslov's games this week, and wondering what his health was like. You can read a tribute to Grandmaster Smyslov by clicking on the following link: You can read a detailed account of Grandmaster Smyslov's
career by going to

Here is one of Elena Tairov's best games:

And here is  one of Vassily Smyslov's best games. In this game Vassily Smyslov sacrifices his queen against Grandmaster Botvinnik in their 1954 World Championship match!

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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.