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Monday, May 16, 2011

Gelfand and Grischuk advance to the 2011 FIDE Candidates matches final

Grandmaster Boris Gelfand of Israel (photo above left) and Grandmaster Alexander Grischuk have advanced to the FIDE Candidates final match in Kazan. Gelfand and his opponent Gata Kamsky of the USA had to play a tie-break after ending their match tied by a score of 2-2. This situation also happened in the other semi-final match between Vladimir Kramnik and Alexander Grischuk. As a result the two matches began the tie-break with rapid chess games. These two tie-break games ended in draws in both matches, which as a result of the rules for this competition, meant that the players would decide who would move onto the final by a blitz playoff. In the end Grischuk and Gelfand both won one of the blitz games to move onto the FIDE Candidates final match. Congratulations to both Boris Gelfand and Alexander Grischuk. Congratulations also to Vladimir Kramnik and Gata Kamsky for making it to the semifinal round and for fighting until the last pawn.

The 2011 FIDE Candidates final match between Boris Gelfand and Alexander Grischuk will begin this Wednesday in Kazan,Russia The match will consist of six games.: The time control for the Final is: 120 minutes for the first 40 moves and then 60 minutes for 20 moves. plus an increment for each move made.
If the two players are tied in score at the end of six games, they will enter a tie-break to determine who will face India's Vishy Anand in the next FIDE World Chess Championship. According to Chessbase Megadatabase 2011 Grischuk holds a 12 win -5 loss -21 draw advantage over Gelfand in their head-to-head matchup over their chess careers. (These include blitz and rapid chess games).

Here are all of the playoff  games from these two matches which concluded today:

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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.