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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Boris Gelfand becomes the challenger to Viswanathan Anand!!

Grandmaster Boris Gelfand of Israel (pictured on the right above earlier in the week)  has become the official challenger for the next World Chess Championship! Gelfand defeated Alexander Grischuk today in the sixth game of their match and by  doing so Gelfand wins the final match of the FIDE Candidates by a score of  3.5-2.5. Here are the official final standings in this match:


Boris Gelfand
Alexander Grischuk

Gelfand  will now face World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand in the next World Chess Championship match. The last game of the Gelfand-Grischuk match was a tense affair. Gelfand has the advantage of the White pieces and began by playing the Queen's Gambit pawn formation with 1.d4 and 2.c4. Grischuk answered with 1...Nf6 and 2...g6. after Gelfand played  2.g3 Grischuk decided to play the Grunfeld Defense. The two players played known opening theory in the Grunfeld Defense until Gelfand's thirteenth move, when the Israeli GM played the theoretical novelty of 13.b3 (Prior to this game  the only move which had been played in this position was 13.Rd1 ). Congratulations to Boris Gelfand and best wishes to you in your match against Viswanathan Anand in  the future.Congratulations also to GM Alexander Grischuk for playing such wonderful chess in the FIDE Candidates matches!   . Here is some analysis of this game. I had the chess program Deep Fritz 12 analyze this game for 2 hours on my quad core computer. I then also had the program Deep Hiarcs 13.2 analyze the game and have added my own comments. I also used Chessbase Megadatabase 2011 to help me explain and analyze the opening moves of the game. I hope you enjoy playing through this analysis! If you are using the Firefox browser and cannot see the Chessviewer Deluxe board below in this blog post I apologize. I am not sure why this is the case.Please use another browser besides Firefox to see this analysis.
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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.