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Sunday, December 12, 2010

World Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk loses her title!

There will be a new FIDE Women's World Chess Champion!!! This is due to the fact that reigning Women's World Chess Champion, Alexandra Kosteniuk was defeated in her 3rd -round match against Chinese player Ruan Lufei by a score of  2.5-1.5. The two players had drawn both of their first two match games. In the third game Lufei defeated Kosteniuk. Having to win the fourth game of the match to keep her title, Kosteniuk was unable to do so, the two players agreed to a draw in this game,  which knocked Kosteniuk from the championship,and has caused her to lose her World Chess Championship title!!

Alexandra Kosteniuk certainly has had a wonderful reign as World Championship. She has done so much work trying to raise awareness of chess in our World, and promote the game, both online and in traveling so much despite having a family. Such a sacrifice needs to be recognized!  She has also done an incredible job of getting more children, girls,women  and men to play chess. I wish Alexandra all the best in the future, in her personal life and her chess career!

In other matches in the FIDE Women's World Chess Championship, Chinese GM Hou Yifan defeated former World Champion Zhu Chen by a score of 2.5-1.5. Yifan and Chen had to play a playoff, due to the fact that both players won one game of their match at the regular-time control. The first game of the playoff was drawn, and Hou Yifan moved on to the next round by winning the second rapid playoff game. France's Almira Skripchenko won her way into the 4th-round of play in the Championship. Skripchenko won a marathon 6 game match against Lithuanian  Viktorija Cmilyte of Lithuania. The two players drew their first two games at the regular time control, then played 4 rapid chess games before Skripchenko won the match. Skripchenko won the last two playoff games to finish the match off by a score of  4-2. A playoff also determined the winner of the other match which was finished today. Dronavalli Harika of India and  Mariya Muzychuk of the Ukraine drew the first two games of their match at regular-time control. The two then entered a playoff. Harika won the first game of the playoff, however Muzychuk was able to tie the match again by w inning the second game of the playoff. to force a blitz playoff to see who would move on to the fourth-round of the Championship. Harika proceeded to win both games of the blitz playoff to move onto the fourth-round! You can read more about today's matches by going to the FIDE website link: Video concerning these matches is at:

Here are the moves of the game which ousted Alexandra Kosteniuk from the Championship.  Ruan Lufei certainly played well in this game:

Here are the results from all the matches of round 3:

Round 3

Name FED T Rtg G1 G2 Rp1 Rp2 Bz1 Bz2 SD Total

Round 3 Match 01

Kosteniuk, Alexandra RUS GM 2507 ½ ½ 0 ½

Ruan, Lufei CHN WGM 2480 ½ ½ 1 ½

Round 4

Round 3 Match 02

Koneru, Humpy IND GM 2600 1 ½

Round 4

Zatonskih, Anna USA IM 2478 0 ½


Round 3 Match 03

Hou, Yifan CHN GM 2591 1 0 ½ 1

Round 4

Zhu, Chen QAT GM 2477 0 1 ½ 0

Round 3 Match 04

Zhao, Xue CHN GM 2474 1 ½

Round 4

Dembo, Yelena GRE IM 2454 0 ½


Round 3 Match 05

Cmilyte, Viktorija LTU GM 2514 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0

Skripchenko, Almira FRA IM 2460 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1
4 Round 4

Round 3 Match 06

Lahno, Kateryna UKR GM 2522 1 ½

Round 4

Huang, Qian CHN WGM 2402 0 ½


Round 3 Match 07

Muzychuk, Anna SLO IM 2530 0 ½


Ju, Wenjun CHN WGM 2524 1 ½

Round 4

Round 3 Match 08

Harika, Dronavalli IND IM 2525 ½ ½ 1 0 0 1 1 4 Round 4

Muzychuk, Mariya UKR IM 2462 ½ ½ 0 1 1 0 0 3

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Thoughts worth thinking about

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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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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.