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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Field for 2010 United States Chess Championship finalized

According to a report at the website, the field for the 2010 United States Chess Championship has been finalized. This year's tournament will have only one woman participant, WGM/International Master Irina Krush was added as a "wild card" entrant along with Sam Shankland, Grandmaster Alexander Stripunsky,  and Grandmaster Vinay Bhat.  The tournament will have a prize fund of 170,000 the largest per-capita prize fund in the tournament's history.

Here is the entire field for this year's championship:

* The defending U.S. Champion: GM Hikaru Nakamura
* The winner of the 2009 U.S. Senior Open Championship: GM Larry Christiansen
* The winner of the 2009 U.S. Junior Championship: GM Ray Robson
* The top five qualifiers from the 2009 U.S. Open Championship: GMs Aleksandr Lenderman, Sergey Kudrin, Alex Yermolinsky, Dmitry Gurevich, and Jesse Kraai
* The winner of the 2010 ICC State Champion of Champions: IM Levon Altounian
* The top 11 U.S. players by rating of the United States Chess Federation:
- GM Gata Kamsky
- GM Alexander Onischuk
- GM Varuzhan Akobian
- GM Yury Shulman
- GM Jaan Ehlvest
- GM Alexander Shabalov
- GM Gregory Kaidanov
- GM Robert Hess
- GM Melikset Khachiyan
- GM Joel Benjamin
- GM Ben Finegold
* Four wildcard spots:
- GM Alexander Stripunsky
- GM Vinay Bhat
- IM Irina Krush
- IM Sam Shankland


So what happened to the USCF's inclusion of more women in the United States Chess Championship? It seems again the top  women chess players in the United States will have to be content with playing in the United States Women's chess championship each year, instead of being invited to play against the best players in the United States!

Saint Louis, February 26, 2010 - The USCF has awarded the 2010 U.S. Women's Championship and the 2010 U.S. Junior Closed Championship to the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. The two events will be held concurrently July 9-19.
The U.S. Women's Championship will feature a prize fund at least as large as last year's record-breaking, $64,000 purse. The tournaments will take place simultaneously, and each will feature a 10-player field.
The organizing committee only has the following information posted at the official website regarding the 2010 United States  Women's Chess Championship:

2010 U.S. Women's Championship: July 9

It appears the USCF  has given up trying to get more women and girls participating in chess in the United States!

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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.