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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Chess News

I have just found out that a couple of interesting chess events are going to be taking place in the near future. Firstly I would like to tell you that the 3rd  FIDE Women's Chess Grand Prix tournament is going to take place
in Nalchik, Russia,  from  April 25th (arrival) - until  May  8(departure) 2010. The following players are participating:

NAME                           TITLE      COUNTRY
Koneru, Humpy              GM            IND
Yifan, Hou                     GM            CHN
Cramling, Pia                 GM            SVE
Dzagnidze, Nana            GM            GEO
Xue, Zhao                     GM            CHN
Kosintseva, Tatiana        IM             RUS
Chen, Zhu                     GM            QTR
Danielian, Elina              IM             ARM
Batkhuyag, Munguntuul  WGM          MGL
Yildiz, Betul                   WIM           TRK
Mrktchian, Lilit                IM             ARM
Kovanova, Baira            WGM          RUS

The 4th Grand Prix will take place in Jermuk, Armenia, on 23rd June – 6th July 2010

The 5th Grand Prix will take place in Ulanbaatar, Mongolia, on 29 July - 12 August 2010

The 6th Grand Prix will take place in Santiago, Chile, on 27th October – 9th November 2010


One other event I have become aware of is that of the The  2010 Cez Trophy match. This match will takes place between Grandmasters Judit Polgar and David Navara between April  22nd and 24th  2010. The match will consist of  8 rapid games at 25 minutes plus 10 seconds per move/increment. The official website for this match is

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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

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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

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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.