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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Chess news:Updates concerning Nanjing Pearl Spring and 14th Unive Tournament

This blog post is an update on two chess tournaments I have previously been reporting on. Firstly, in the:

Nanjing Pearl Spring Chess tournament,
the eighth-round of the tournament was played today, all 3 games  ended in draws. Here are these results (the player on the left had the white pieces in the game):

Round 8:
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wang Yue
 Magnus Carlsen
Vishy Anand 
 Veselin Topalov
Etienne Bacrot  
 Vugar Gashimov

You can play through all of the moves from these 3 games below:

These 3 draw results mean that the following standings exist in the tournament after 8 rounds of play:

Some analysis of these games, done by Romain Edouard can be viewed by going to the following website:

 14th Unive Tournament 
Firstly, a reminder to you that this is a 6 round-tournament. In round 4 these results occurred: (the player on the left had the white pieces in the game):

Pairings round 4 (Thursday, 28 October 2010)

1 GM Giri,   ----- GM Tiviakov,   result: 1-0
2 GM Shirov---   GM Vachier-Lagrave, result: 0-1

Here are the moves from both of these games:

These results mean the following standings exist in this tournament after 4 rounds of play:

1Vachier Lagrave,M 2721◊ ½/3◊ ½/2♦ 1/4♦ 1/33.0 / 4
2Giri,A 2677♦ ½/4♦ ½/1◊ ½/3◊ 1/42.5 / 4
3Shirov,A 2749♦ ½/1◊ 1/4♦ ½/2◊ 0/12.0 / 4
4Tiviakov,S 2637◊ ½/2♦ 0/3◊ 0/1♦ 0/20.5 / 4

Here are the pairings for round 5 of the tournament (the player on the left has the white pieces in the game):

Table White Score Rating Black Score Rating Result
1 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 3.0 2721 GM Tiviakov, Sergei 0.5 2637
2 GM Shirov, Alexei 2.0 2749 GM Giri, Anish 2.5 2677

Best wishes to all the players in your next round of play!

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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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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

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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.