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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tal Memorial 2011 Chess Tournament

The 2011 Tal Memorial Chess Tournament has begun in Moscow. The event runs from November 16th to November 25th in Moscow, Russia.  Ten of the strongest chess players in the World are participating in this year's event:
Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen with an elo of 2826 is the highest-rated player in the event. Other players participating (presented in order based upon their elo rating) are:Viswanathan Anand (the current World chess champion whose elo rating is 2811 second-highest-rated player in the World),   Levon Aronian ( with an elo rating of 2802 currently the third-highest-rated player in the World), GM Vladimir Kramnik whose elo of 2800 make him the fourth-highest-rated player in the November 2011 FIDE ratings list,  GM Vassily Ivanchuk, who is the sixth-highest-rated player in the World with an elo of 2775,  GM Sergey Karjakin,who has an elo of  2763, Grandmaster  Hikaru Nakamura who is the tenth-highest-rated player in the World  with an elo of 2758, GM Peter Svidler (elo 2755), GM Boris Gelfand (elo 2744), and GM  Ian Nepomniachtchi (elo 2730)  round out the field for the tournament. The time control for this event is: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, 50 minutes for the next 20 moves, and 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.

Here are the results from round one of  the tournament:

Round 1: Wednesday November 16, 2011
Levon Aronian
½ ½
Magnus Carlsen
Vladimir Kramnik
0-1
Ian Nepomniachtchi  
Vassily Ivanchuk
1-0
Peter Svidler
Vishy Anand
½ ½
Sergey Karjakin
Hikaru Nakamura
½ ½
Boris Gelfand

You can play through the moves of all the games for round one by going to the Chessviewer Deluxe Program at the bottom of  this blog page.If you do not know how to use Chessviewer Deluxe then please visit the following page first: http://www.chessgames.com/cvdhelp.html
Alternatively you can go to the Chessdom.com website and play through the moves of all of these games using the ChessTempo program. The owner of Chessdom has also incorporated the use of a strong chess engine Stockfish, so you can see where these first round games were won  by Nepomniachchi and Ivanchuk. To access the  games at Chessdom please click on the following link:

http://www.chessdom.com/tal-memorial-2011-live

These are the pairings for round two of the event:
(the player on the left has the white pieces in the game):

Round 2: Thursday, November 17, 2011
Magnus Carlsen
Boris Gelfand
Sergey Karjakin
Hikaru Nakamura
Peter Svidler
Vishy Anand
Ian Nepomniachtchi
Vassily Ivanchuk
Levon Aronian
Vladimir Kramnik

Best wishes to all players for round 2!!

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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.