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Saturday, January 29, 2011

2011 Tata Steel Chess Tournament:Round 11 results and standings, Round 12 pairings

The eleventh round of all 3 Grandmaster Tournaments were played on Friday. Here are the results
(ther player on the left had the white pieces in the game):

Group A: Round 11 - Fri. Jan. 28th
Max. Vachier-Lagrave - Viswanathan Anand
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Hikaru Nakamura
Vladimir Kramnik - Magnus Carlsen
Wang Hao - Jan Smeets
Alexander Grischuk - Erwin l'Ami
Levon Aronian - Ruslan Ponomariov
Alexei Shirov - Anish Giri
Group B: Round 11 - Fri. Jan. 28th
Gabriel Sargissian - Laurent Fressinet
Jon Ludvig Hammer - Le Quang Liem
Zahar Efimenko - Radek Wojtaszek
Surya Ganguly - Luke McShane
Wesley So - Friso Nijboer
David Navara - Vlad Tkachiev
Wouter Spoelman - Li Chao
These results mean the following standings exist after 11 rounds of play:

Grandmaster Group A:

Grandmaster Group B:

Grandmaster Group C:

You can play through the games from  round 11 for the 3 GM tournaments by clicking on the following links:

Grandmaster Group A:

Grandmaster Group B:

Grandmaster Group C: 

Here are the pairings for round 12 of these Grandmaster Tournaments which will be played on Saturday:
(the player on the left has the white pieces in the game):

Group A: Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 29th
Viswanathan Anand - Anish Giri
Ruslan Ponomariov - Alexei Shirov
Erwin l'Ami - Levon Aronian
Jan Smeets - Alexander Grischuk
Magnus Carlsen - Wang Hao
Hikaru Nakamura - Vladimir Kramnik
Max. Vachier-Lagrave - Ian Nepomniachtchi

Group B: Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 29th
Laurent Fressinet - Li Chao
Vlad Tkachiev - Wouter Spoelman
Friso Nijboer - David Navara
Luke McShane - Wesley So
Radek Wojtaszek - Surya Ganguly
Le Quang Liem - Zahar Efimenko
Gabriel Sargissian - Jon Ludvig Hammer

Group C: Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 29th
Benjamin Bok - Roeland Pruijssers
Mark van der Werf - Tania Sachdev
Sebastian Siebrecht - Mark Bluvshtein
Ivan Ivanisevic - Jan Willem de Jong
Katherina Lahno - Murtas Kazhgaleyev
Dariusz Swiercz - Daniele Vocaturo
Ilya Nyzhnyk - Robin van Kampen

Photo by Fred Lucas

Photo by Fred Lucas

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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.