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Thursday, November 4, 2010

2010 Tal Memorial Chess Tournament

GM Mikhal Tal (on left) playing GM Vassily Smyslov

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The 2010 Tal Memorial chess tournament will start tomorrow in Moscow. The tournament will run from November 5th-18th 2010 and features these players:

GM Levon Aronian (ARM) 2783, GM Vladimir Kramnik (RUS) 2780, GM Pavel Eljanov (UKR) 2761, GM Alexander Grischuk (RUS) 2760, GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE) 2756, Boris Gelfand (ISR) 2751, GM Alexei Shirov (ESP) 2749, GM Sergey Karjakin (RUS) 2747, GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 2733, and Hao Wang (CHN) 2724. The average rating of the players in this year's tournament is 2754. This average rating makes this year's event one of the strongest in the history of chess, a category 21 event according to the following website:

Following the completion of the 2010 Tal Memorial, all the players in this year's Tal Memorial along with GM's Carlsen and Svidler will play in the World Blitz Chess Championship. The World Blitz Championship will cost of 22 players who will battle it out in a double-round robin event. The player in the World Blitz championship must play all of his moves in 5 minutes or lose the game.

The official tournament website for the Tal Memorial Chess tournament is The tournament is named for deceased former World Chess Champion Mikhail Tal of Latvia, who was one of the most imaginative players in the history of chess. To read more about him and his life please visit the following website: I have discovered that the following chess website will be covering the games of the Tal Memorial live:  with the games beginning each day at 15:00 local time (13:00 CET). Here are the pairings for round one of the tournament (the player on the left has the white pieces in the game):

Mamedyarov - Nakamura,
Karjakin - Gelfand,
Shirov - Wang Hao,
Aronian - Kramnik,
Grischuk - Eljanov

Best wishes to all the players in the Tal Memorial and also in the World Blitz Chess Championship.

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"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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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.