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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Chess News

2010 Cez Trophy Chess Match
The 2010 edition of the  Cez Trophy chess match  took place  between April 22nd-24th April 2010. 
This match was between Grandmaster Judit Polgar of Hungary and GM David Navara of the  Czech Republic.
The match consisted of 8 rapid chess games at a time control of  25 minutes/game
 plus 10 seconds per move. GM Polgar won the match by a score of 6-2. Congratulations Judit!

 3rd Women's Chess Grand Prix
At the present time 12 of the top women chess players in the World are competing in the Nalchik
Grand Prix Event. This tournament runs from April 25th until May 8.Here is a list of the participants:

1 Koneru, HumpyGM 2622IND
2 Yifan, HouGM2570CHN
3 Kosintseva, TatianaGM2524RUS
4 Cramling, PiaGM 2523SWE
Mkrtchan, LilitIM2503ARM
Danielian, ElinaIM2491ARM
7Zhao, Xue GM2490CHN 
8Dzagnidze, Nana GM 2479GEO 
9 Chen, ZhuGM2476QAT
10 Batkhuyag, Munguntuul    WGM      2428MGL
11 Kovanova, Baira WGM 2385 RUS
12 Yildiz, Betul CemreWIM 2244TUR

Here are the results from the  3 rounds which have been played  thus far in the tournament:
(the player on the right had the white pieces in the game):

Round 1 on 2010/04/26 at 15:00
1GMDzagnidze Nana24791/2-1/2GMZhu Chen247612
2WGMKovanova Baira23851-0WGMMunguntuul Batkhuyag242811
3GMKoneru Humpy26221-0IMDanielian Elina249110
4WIMYildiz Betul Cemre22441-0GMZhao Xue24909
5GMKosintseva Tatiana25241-0GMHou Yifan25708
6GMCramling Pia25231/2-1/2IMMkrtchian Lilit25037
Round 2 on 2010/04/27 at 15:00
12GMZhu Chen24761-0IMMkrtchian Lilit25037
8GMHou Yifan25701/2-1/2GMCramling Pia25236
9GMZhao Xue24901/2-1/2GMKosintseva Tatiana25245
10IMDanielian Elina24911/2-1/2WIMYildiz Betul Cemre22444
11WGMMunguntuul Batkhuyag24281-0GMKoneru Humpy26223
1GMDzagnidze Nana24791-0WGMKovanova Baira23852
Round 3 on 2010/04/28 at 15:00
2WGMKovanova Baira23851/2-1/2GMZhu Chen247612
3GMKoneru Humpy26221/2-1/2GMDzagnidze Nana24791
4WIMYildiz Betul Cemre22441/2-1/2WGMMunguntuul Batkhuyag242811
5GMKosintseva Tatiana25241-0IMDanielian Elina249110
6GMCramling Pia25231/2-1/2GMZhao Xue24909
7IMMkrtchian Lilit25031/2-1/2GMHou Yifan25708

These results mean the following standings exist in the tournament
after 3 rounds of play:

Rank after round 3
15GMKosintseva Tatiana2524RUS*1½1
21GMDzagnidze Nana2479GEO*½1½2
4WIMYildiz Betul Cemre2244TUR*½1½2
12GMZhu Chen2476QAT½*½12
52WGMKovanova Baira2385RUS0½*1
3GMKoneru Humpy2622IND½*01
6GMCramling Pia2523SWE*½½½
11WGMMunguntuul Batkhuyag2428MGL½01*
97IMMkrtchian Lilit2503ARM0½*½1
8GMHou Yifan2570CHN0½½*1
9GMZhao Xue2490CHN½0½*1
1210IMDanielian Elina2491ARM0½0*½

Here are the pairings for round 4:
(the player on the left has the white pieces in the game):

Round 4 on 2010/04/29 at 15:00
12GMZhu Chen2476-GMHou Yifan25708
9GMZhao Xue2490-IMMkrtchian Lilit25037
10IMDanielian Elina2491-GMCramling Pia25236
11WGMMunguntuul Batkhuyag2428-GMKosintseva Tatiana25245
1GMDzagnidze Nana2479-WIMYildiz Betul Cemre22444
2WGMKovanova Baira2385-GMKoneru Humpy26223


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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

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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

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.