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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Koneru wins FIDE Women's Grand Prix

Grandmaster Humpy Koneru of India (pictured on the left)

has won the FIDE Women's Grand Prix in  Doha, Qatar. She won the tournament on a tie-break over Armenia's Elina Danielian. Both had finished the tournament with scores of  8 points. Here are the results from the 10th round of play (the player on the left had the white pieces in the game):

Round 10 on 2011/03/04 at 15:00

GM Dzagnidze -------- GM Zhu Chen             result: 0-1
GM Koneru  ---------- IM Mkrtchian              result: 1-0
IM Fierro Baquero ---  GM Xu Yuhua             result:    0-1
GM Cramling---------- GM Danielian Elina      result: 1-0
GM Stefanova -------- IM   Batkhuyag            result: draw
GM Sebag------------ GM Chiburdanidze       result:draw

These results meant the following standings existed after 10 rounds of play:

Here are the results from round  11 (which was the last round of play in the tournament):
The player on the left had the white pieces in the game):

Results of round eleven (final)

GM Chiburdanidze Maia 2502
GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2410
GM Sebag Marie 2489
GM Danielian Elina 2454
GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2546
GM Xu Yuhua 2484
GM Cramling Pia 2516
IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2475
IM Fierro Baquero Martha 2363
GM Zhu Chen 2495
GM Koneru Humpy 2607

These results mean the final standings after  11 rounds of play were as follows:
(A tie-break had to be used to decide who won first place,with GM Koneru winning the tie-break):

According to a Chessbase report on this tournament (which you can read by clicking on the following link:, ) Humpy Koneru's victory in this tournament means she wins the FIDE Grand Prix and as a result Koneru will face Chinese player Hou Yifan (pictured below) in the next Women's World Chess Championship!

Here are the moves for all the of the games played in rounds 10 and 11 of the tournament:

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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.