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Friday, October 1, 2010

Analysis of Mamedyarov-Ivanchuk, Chess Olympiad round 9

With the help of the World's strongest Chess program, Deep Rybka 4x64 and my chess resources, I have analyzed a game from the 2010 Chess Olympiad. This game comes from round 9 and is between Grandmaster Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (elo 2756) and Grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk of the Ukraine (elo 2754). I had Deep Rybka 4x64 analyze this position for two hours in analysis mode and then have added some comments. For those of you who like chess, I hope you enjoy playing through this analysis! This game is number 17 in the Chessviewer Deluxe game index at the bottom of this page of my blog. Instructions on how to use Chessviewer deluxe are also found at this location.

Here is some information about both players I have found online.

"Grandmaster Shakhriyar Mamedyarov  (pictured below)

was born  on April 12th, 1985 in  Sumgayit, Azerbaijan). On the September 2010 FIDE rating list he was ranked number eighth in the world with an Elo rating of 2756.In 2003 he won the World Junior Chess Championship. He repeated his victory in 2005 (thus becoming the only two-time champion). His official website is at: . source:
"Shakhriyar Mamedyarov comes from a sports family. His sisters are WGM and WIM respectively, and his father is a former weight lifting champion."
 (source: ) Source of image: 

"Grandmaster Vasyliy Ivanchuk,  (pictured directly below)

 source of image:

"also transliterated as Vasy  was born March 18, 1969  in Kopychyntsi, Ukraine.). "Ivanchuk has been a leading player in the world since 1988, at times reaching the second spot on the Elo rating list. He tied for first place in the 1988 World Junior Chess Championship at Adelaide, but lost the title on tiebreak to Joël Lautier.He was awarded the Grandmaster title in 1988, and entered the world top 10 the same year." Ivanchuk is currently the ninth-rated chess player in the world with an elo of  2754.(sources: )

The Opening played in this game was the Modern Benoni Defense. You can learn more about this opening at the following websites:



Wayne. I have been saying for years that I believe Carl Magnus will be the next World Champion. What do you think about that?

Wayne said...

Israel, do you mean Magnus Carlsen of Norway? See

Yes if you are talking about Carlsen he is one of the players who is trying to be World Champion. In fact recently he has been getting training from Gary Kasparov (former WC see this webpage

Israel, Carlsen is currently ranked number 1 in the World, however he is playing poorly in the 2010 Chess Olympiad. This is an event held every 4 years in which countries have teams of players and play in a team competition. You can read about it here As you can see at this website:

Norway is only in 49th place in the Men's event and Carlsen has lost 3 games in the Olympiad which is a really bad performance for him! He is playing in this event at a rating of 160 points below his rating entering the tournament which is really a poor performance!! Who knows why this is happening? Chess can be a very psychologically demanding activity and also a physically demanding activity for the best players. Even the best players can play like patzers some times..If you don't believe me look at the game at this link:

Look at Kasparov's pieces at the end of the game, all huddled in one corner of the board! Like he is a total amateur at chess! And he was World Champ at that time! Chess can make the smartest people in our world very humble indeed!

Thanks for the question Israel, have a great weekend, I hope we talk again soon :)

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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.