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Monday, January 31, 2011

2011 Tata Steel Chess Tournament:Nakamura wins Grandmaster Group A

The last round of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament was played on Sunday. Here are the results from this last round of play in all 3 Grandmaster Tournaments:

Group A: Round 13 - Sun. Jan. 30st
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Viswanathan Anand ½-½
Vladimir Kramnik - Max. Vachier-Lagrave ½-½
Wang Hao - Hikaru Nakamura ½-½
Alexander Grischuk - Magnus Carlsen ½-½
Levon Aronian - Jan Smeets ½-½
Alexei Shirov - Erwin l'Ami ½-½
Anish Giri - Ruslan Ponomariov ½-½

Group B: Round 13 - Sun. Jan. 30th
Jon Ludvig Hammer - Laurent Fressinet 0-1
Zahar Efimenko - Gabriel Sargissian ½-½
Surya Ganguly - Le Quang Liem ½-½
Wesley So - Radek Wojtaszek ½-½
David Navara - Luke McShane ½-½
Wouter Spoelman - Friso Nijboer 1-0
Li Chao - Vlad Tkachiev 1-0

Group C: Round 13 - Sun. Jan. 30th
Robin van Kampen - Benjamin Bok ½-½
Daniele Vocaturo - Ilya Nyzhnyk ½-½
Murtas Kazhgaleyev - Dariusz Swiercz
½-½
Jan Willem de Jong - Katherina Lahno 0-1
Mark Bluvshtein - Ivan Ivanisevic 1-0
Tania Sachdev - Sebastian Siebrecht 0-1
Roeland Pruijssers - Mark van der Werf
0-1

You can play through all of the games from round 13 of these GM tournaments by going to the following links:
Grandmaster Group A:
http://www.chessbase.com/news/2011/wijk/games/wijka13.htm

Grandmaster Group B:
http://www.chessbase.com/news/2011/wijk/games/wijkb13.htm 

Grandmaster Group C:

http://www.chessbase.com/news/2011/wijk/games/wijkc13.htm


These results mean the following final standings exist in each tournament, Congratulations to GM's Nakamura, Navara. and Vocatura  (shown below according to how I have mentioned them above) for winning your respective tournaments!













Grandmaster Group A:



Grandmaster Group B:



You can read more about the tournament at these websites:

http://www.tatasteelchess.com/

http://www.chess.co.uk/twic/chessnews/events/73rd-tata-steel-chess-tournament-2011/nakamura-wins-tata-steel-tournament-in-wijk-aan-zee

http://chessbase.com/

http://www.chessdom.com/

http://www.chessvibes.com/ 

Analysis of Carlsen-Wang Hao Tata Steel Chess Tournament round 12

I have analyzed another game for my blog this game comes from the just concluded 2011 Tata Steel Chess tournament and is between GM Magnus Carlsen and GM Wang Hao.



Saturday, January 29, 2011

2011 Tata Steel Chess Tournament:Round 12 results and standings, Round 1 3 pairings



 Image:Nakamura playing Kramnik in round 12
source:http://www.chessvibes.com/reports/tata-r12-nakamura-maintains-slim-lead-in-wijk-aan-zee/ 

The twelfth rounds of the Tata Steel Grandmaster Tournaments were played today. Here are the results
(the player on the left had the white pieces in the game):


Results of round twelve

Group A: Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 29th
Viswanathan Anand - Anish Giri
½-½
Ruslan Ponomariov - Alexei Shirov
½-½
Erwin l'Ami - Levon Aronian
½-½
Jan Smeets - Alexander Grischuk
0-1
Magnus Carlsen - Wang Hao
1-0
Hikaru Nakamura - Vladimir Kramnik
½-½
Max. Vachier-Lagrave - Ian Nepomniachtchi
1-0
Group B: Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 29th
Laurent Fressinet - Li Chao
1-0
Vlad Tkachiev - Wouter Spoelman
1-0
Friso Nijboer - David Navara
0-1
Luke McShane - Wesley So
1-0
Radek Wojtaszek - Surya Ganguly
0-1
Le Quang Liem - Zahar Efimenko
½-½
Gabriel Sargissian - Jon Ludvig Hammer
½-½
Group C: Round 12 - Sat. Jan. 29th
Benjamin Bok - Roeland Pruijssers
1-0
Mark van der Werf - Tania Sachdev
0-1
Sebastian Siebrecht - Mark Bluvshtein
0-1
Ivan Ivanisevic - Jan Willem de Jong
1-0
Katherina Lahno - Murtas Kazhgaleyev
½-½
Dariusz Swiercz - Daniele Vocaturo
1-0
Ilya Nyzhnyk - Robin van Kampen
1-0

You can play through all of these games by clicking on the following links:

Grandmaster Group A round 12 games 

Grandmaster Group B round 12 games 

Grandmaster Group C round 12 games

Here are the standings for all 3 GM tournaments after  12 rounds of play:





Here are the pairings for the last round of play which will be played on Sunday:

(the player on the left will have the white pieces in the game):

Group A: Round 13 - Sun. Jan. 30st
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Viswanathan Anand
Vladimir Kramnik - Max. Vachier-Lagrave
Wang Hao - Hikaru Nakamura
Alexander Grischuk - Magnus Carlsen
Levon Aronian - Jan Smeets
Alexei Shirov - Erwin l'Ami
Anish Giri - Ruslan Ponomariov

Group B: Round 13 - Sun. Jan. 30th
Jon Ludvig Hammer - Laurent Fressinet
Zahar Efimenko - Gabriel Sargissian
Surya Ganguly - Le Quang Liem
Wesley So - Radek Wojtaszek
David Navara - Luke McShane
Wouter Spoelman - Friso Nijboer
Li Chao - Vlad Tkachiev

Group C: Round 13 - Sun. Jan. 30th
Robin van Kampen - Benjamin Bok
Daniele Vocaturo - Ilya Nyzhnyk
Murtas Kazhgaleyev - Dariusz Swiercz
Jan Willem de Jong - Katherina Lahno
Mark Bluvshtein - Ivan Ivanisevic
Tania Sachdev - Sebastian Siebrecht
Roeland Pruijssers - Mark van der Werf

Take action against the slaughter of Whales and Dolphins in Japan

Please visit the following website and send a message to the Government and people of  Japan that their selfish and immoral slaughter of Whale and Dolphins will not be tolerated any longer! Thank you for doing  this for our Whale and Dolphin friends!:


http://www.seashepherd.org/dolphins/what-you-can-do.html

If you do not know what is happening in Japan to Whales and Dolphins then please educate yourself by reading the content of this website:

http://www.squidoo.com/dolphinslaughterinjapan

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
½-½
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Hikaru Nakamura
0-1
Vladimir Kramnik - Magnus Carlsen
0-1
Wang Hao - Jan Smeets
½-½
Alexander Grischuk - Erwin l'Ami
½-½
Levon Aronian - Ruslan Ponomariov
½-½
Alexei Shirov - Anish Giri
½-½
Group B: Round 11 - Fri. Jan. 28th
Gabriel Sargissian - Laurent Fressinet
½-½
Jon Ludvig Hammer - Le Quang Liem
0-1
Zahar Efimenko - Radek Wojtaszek
½-½
Surya Ganguly - Luke McShane
0-1
Wesley So - Friso Nijboer
½-½
David Navara - Vlad Tkachiev
1-0
Wouter Spoelman - Li Chao
1-0
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: http://www.chessbase.com/news/2011/wijk/games/wijka11.htm

Grandmaster Group B: http://www.chessbase.com/news/2011/wijk/games/wijkb11.htm

Grandmaster Group C: http://www.chessbase.com/news/2011/wijk/games/wijkc11.htm 

Here are the pairings for round 12 of these Grandmaster Tournaments which will be played on Saturday:
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(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

Friday, January 28, 2011

Shark Populations Dwindle; Plan to Save Sharks Still Not Implemented


To read an article entitled, "Shark Populations Dwindle; Plan to Save Sharks Still Not Implemented." at the ibtimes (International Business Times) website please click on the following link:


http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/105752/20110127/united-nations-food-and-agriculture-organization-shark-fishing-fins-great-white-shark-whale-shark-bl.htm

The news in this article certainly is alarming! As stated in the article:

"Shark population continues to decline as unregulated fishing increases to meet the high demand for fins. A new analysis finds that the international plan, which was approved by members of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) in 2001, has yet to be fully implemented."

"There is little evidence that the plan has contributed significantly to improved conservation and management of sharks, as 30 percent of all shark species is now threatened or near threatened with extinction."

"According to the review of the new analysis "The Future of Sharks: A Review of Action and Inaction" by the UN FAO, only 13 of the top 20 shark-catching countries and other entities have developed national plans of action to protect sharks -- one of the primary recommendations from 2001 -- and it remains unclear how those plans have been implemented or if they have been effective. "

This is so disturbing to find out that so many countries are not willing to engage in actions which will help sharks maintain their numbers in the waters of this planet! It shows how selfish some people in some countries are and that education of the people in these countries who are wantonly killing sharks must occur soon if Sharks are to have any chance of surviving as a species on this planet!  There are no valid excuses for not having plans in place to save this important species of life on our planet!

Source of image: http://www.flickr.com/groups/780083@N23/ 

Guess which form of life Humans have a lot in common with?

New research indicates that Humans have much in common with another form of life. Okay here are some hints to help you figure out what this other life form is:

1.This other form of life lives in water.
2.This other form of life,like us humans has a mouth.
3.This other form of life possesses a skeleton like us humans.
4.This other form of life is called "home" by 25% of marine fish.
5.Like us humans this other form of life are "heterotrphic" - they have to eat other animals to get their nutrients.
6.Like us humans, this other form of life are motile (they move).

Okay enough clues! :) Can you think of what other form of life which has alot in common with us based on these clues? The answer is below these lines:

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Coral!

If you do not believe me then read this article:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-01-corals-humans-common.html

Analysis of Anand-Shirov 73rd Tata Steel GMA Chess round 10,



Analysis of Anand-Shirov 73rd Tata Steel GMA Chess round 10

With the help of the chess program, Hiarcs 13.2 (MP Multiprocessor version), I have analyzed another game for my blog. This game comes from round  10 of the current Tata Steel Chess Tournament as is between World Chess Champion Vishy Anand, and Spainish GM Alexei Shirov. The opening played in this game is the Queen's Gambit Decline: Cambridge Springs Defense. I allowed Hiarcs 13.2 MP to analyze this game for 2 hours on my quad core computer, I hope you enjoy this analysis. I also made use of Chessbase 11, and Chessbase Megadabase 2011 to help me.  This analysis will be posted as my next blog post using the program Chessviewer Deluxe.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

2011 Tata Steel Chess Tournament:Round 10 results and standings, Round 11 pairings


The tenth round of 2011 Tata Steel Chess Tournament was played today. Here are the results from all three Grandmaster Tournaments:

(the player on the left had the white pieces in the game):



Group A: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 26th
Viswanathan Anand - Alexei Shirov
1-0
Anish Giri - Levon Aronian
½-½
Ruslan Ponomariov - Alexander Grischuk
1-0
Erwin l'Ami - Wang Hao
0-1
Jan Smeets - Vladimir Kramnik
½-½
Magnus Carlsen - Ian Nepomniachtchi
0-1
Hikaru Nakamura - Max. Vachier-Lagrave
1-0

Group B: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 26th
Laurent Fressinet - Wouter Spoelman
0-1
Li Chao - David Navara
0-1
Vlad Tkachiev - Wesley So
½-½
Friso Nijboer - Surya Ganguly
0-1
Luke McShane - Zahar Efimenko
0-1
Radek Wojtaszek - Jon Ludvig Hammer
½-½
Le Quang Liem - Gabriel Sargissian
1-0



Group C: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 26th
Benjamin Bok - Tania Sachdev
½-½
Roeland Pruijssers - Mark Bluvshtein
1-0
Mark van der Werf - Jan Willem de Jong
0-1
Sebastian Siebrecht - Murtas Kazhgaleyev
1-0
Ivan Ivanisevic - Daniele Vocaturo
1-0
Katherina Lahno - Robin van Kampen
½-½



These results mean the following standings exist after 10 rounds of play:
Grandmaster Group A:

Grandmaster Group B:


Grandmaster Group C:


You can play through all of the games from round 10 by going to the following links:

Group A

http://www.chessbase.com/news/2011/wijk/games/wijka10.htm

Group B:

http://www.chessbase.com/news/2011/wijk/games/wijkb10.htm 

 Group C:

http://www.chessbase.com/news/2011/wijk/games/wijkc10.htm 

Here are the pairings for round 11:
(Tomorrow is a rest day for the players)
(the player on the left has 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

Group C: Round 11 - Fri. Jan. 28th
Ilya Nyzhnyk - Benjamin Bok
Robin van Kampen - Dariusz Swiercz
Daniele Vocaturo - Katherina Lahno
Murtas Kazhgaleyev - Ivan Ivanisevic
Jan Willem de Jong - Sebastian Siebrecht
Mark Bluvshtein - Mark van der Werf
Tania Sachdev - Roeland Pruijssers

Two rounds of play occur after round 11 before the tournament is over.




Analysis of Aronian-Shirov, 2011 Tata Steel Chess Tournament round 9


Analysis of Aronian-Shirov 2011 Tata Steel Chess Tournament round 9

I have analyzed another chess game for my blog. This game comes from round 9 of the 2011 Tata Steel Chess Tournament and is between










Grandmaster Levon Aronian of Armenia (elo 2805) (pictured above), and Grandmaster Alexei Shirov of Spain (elo 2722) (pictured below):




The opening in this game is the Queen's Gambit Declined:Cambridge Springs Defense.. I allowed the program Hiarcs 13.2 MP (Multi-processor) to analyze this game for 2 hours on my quad-core computer. I hope you enjoy this analysis which is posted as the next blog entry using the program Chessviewer Deluxe!


Malaysia releases lab mosquitoes to fight dengue




Malaysia releases lab mosquitoes to fight dengue

To read an article which discusses the fact that the Government of Malysia has released 6,000 genetically modified Aedes aegypti male mosquitoes to mate with females, in order that these females will produce no offspring or ones with shorter lives, thus curtailing the mosquito population please click on the link above this sentence.  Wow female mosquitos which produce no offspring or offspring with shorter lives I am sure we all hope this experiment works!!

To learn more about Aedes aegypti please visit these websites:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aedes_aegypti

http://www.eol.org/pages/740699

Source of image of Aedes Aegypti: http://www.medicinapreventiva.com.ve/articulos/imagenes/aedes_aegypti.jpg

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

David Attenborough on the evolution of song

I found an interesting show about the evolution of song in Humans on Youtube. This show is hosted by David Attenborough.
Here is the first part of this show:



To watch the other parts of this show please visit:

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=A1710B2EFC11BA50

Amazing video shows the birth of an island

I found an amazing video on-line which I want to share with you. The video shows the birth of a volcanic island in the Solomon Islands.

Dolphin stays for three days with mate wounded in shark attack



Once again a wild dolphin has shown us Human beings that dolphins possess higher intelligence. In this case a dolphin stayed with another dolphin for three days after the latter dolphin had been attacked by a shark and was badly wounded. These dolphins had contact with humans before and amazingly the two dolphins showed up in an area where they knew these humans would be in order to seek assistance for the injured dolphin. To read more about this amazing situation please click on the following link:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1147687/Dolphin-stays-days-mate-wounded-shark-attack--escorting-humans-help.html


Photo from the National Agricultural Library, Agricultural Research Service,
U. S. Department of Agriculture.

2011 Tata Steel Chess Tournament:Rounds, round 9 results, round 10 pairings

Here are the results from round 9 of all 3 Grandmaster Tournaments:

Results of round nine

(The player on the left had the white pieces in the game): 

Group A: Round 9 - Tues. Jan. 25th
Hikaru Nakamura - Viswanathan Anand
½-½
Max. Vachier-Lagrave - Magnus Carlsen
½-½
Ian Nepomniachtchi - Jan Smeets
0-1
Vladimir Kramnik - Erwin l'Ami
1-0
Wang Hao - Ruslan Ponomariov
1-0
Alexander Grischuk - Anish Giri
½-½
Levon Aronian - Alexei Shirov
1-0
Group B: Round 9 - Tues. Jan. 25th
Le Quang Liem - Laurent Fressinet
1-0
Gabriel Sargissian - Radek Wojtaszek
1-0
Jon Ludvig Hammer - Luke McShane
½-½
Zahar Efimenko - Friso Nijboer
½-½
Surya Ganguly - Vlad Tkachiev
0-1
Wesley So - Li Chao
0-1
David Navara - Wouter Spoelman
1-0
Group C: Round 9 - Tues. Jan. 25th
Dariusz Swiercz - Benjamin Bok
0-1
Ilya Nyzhnyk - Katherina Lahno
½-½
Robin van Kampen - Ivan Ivanisevic
½-½
Daniele Vocaturo - Sebastian Siebrecht
1-0
Murtas Kazhgaleyev - Mark van der Werf
1-0
Jan Willem de Jong - Roeland Pruijssers
½-½
Mark Bluvshtein - Tania Sachdev
1-0

These results mean the following standings exist  after 9 rounds of play:
Grandmaster Group A:


Grandmaster Group B:

Grandmaster Group C:

You can play through the moves from all of the games for round 9 by going to the following website:

Group A: http://www.chessbase.com/news/2011/wijk/games/wijka09.htm
Group B: http://www.chessbase.com/news/2011/wijk/games/wijkb09.htm
Group C: http://www.chessbase.com/news/2011/wijk/games/wijkc09.htm


Here are the pairings for round 10
(the player on the left has the white pieces in the game):

Group A: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 26th
Viswanathan Anand - Alexei Shirov
Anish Giri - Levon Aronian
Ruslan Ponomariov - Alexander Grischuk
Erwin l'Ami - Wang Hao
Jan Smeets - Vladimir Kramnik
Magnus Carlsen - Ian Nepomniachtchi
Hikaru Nakamura - Max. Vachier-Lagrave

Group B: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 26th
Laurent Fressinet - Wouter Spoelman
Li Chao - David Navara
Vlad Tkachiev - Wesley So
Friso Nijboer - Surya Ganguly
Luke McShane - Zahar Efimenko
Radek Wojtaszek - Jon Ludvig Hammer
Le Quang Liem - Gabriel Sargissian

Group C: Round 10 - Wed. Jan. 26th
Benjamin Bok - Tania Sachdev
Roeland Pruijssers - Mark Bluvshtein
Mark van der Werf - Jan Willem de Jong
Sebastian Siebrecht - Murtas Kazhgaleyev
Ivan Ivanisevic - Daniele Vocaturo
Katherina Lahno - Robin van Kampen
Dariusz Swiercz - Ilya Nyzhnyk

Sunday, January 23, 2011

2011 Tata Steel Chess Tournament:Rounds, round 8 results, round 9 pairings


The eight round of all 3 Grandmaster tournaments were played today (Sunday) at the 2011 Tata Steel Chess Tournament. Here are the results and standings:

Grandmaster Group A
Round 8 Results- Sunday the 23rd
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(the player on the left had the white pieces in the game)
V. Anand - L. Aronian ½-½
A. Shirov - A. Grischuk 1-0
A. Giri - W. Hao 1-0
R. Ponomariov - V. Kramnik ½-½
E. l'Ami - I. Nepomniachtchi ½-½
J. Smeets - M. Vachier-Lagrave 0-1
M. Carlsen - H. Nakamura 1-0

You can play through the moves from all of these games by going to the following website:

http://chessbase.com/news/2011/wijk/games/wijka08.htm

These results mean the standings after 8 rounds in GM Group A are:








Grandmaster Group B: Here are the results from round 8 of the GM B Tournament:
Round 8 results - Sunday the 23rd
L. Fressinet - D. Navara ½-½
W. Spoelman - W. So 0-1
L. Chao - S. Ganguly ½-½
V. Tkachiev - Z. Efimenko 1-0
F. Nijboer - J. Hammer ½-½
L. McShane - G. Sargissian ½-½
R. Wojtaszek - L. Liem 1-0

You can play through each of the games from Group B by going to the following website:
http://chessbase.com/news/2011/wijk/games/wijkb08.htm

These results mean the following standings exist in this tournament after 8 rounds of play:


Grandmaster C Tournament:Here are the results from Sunday's 8th round of the Grandmaster C tournament:

Round 8 - Sunday the 23rd
B. Bok - M. Bluvshtein 1-0
T. Sachdev - J.W. de Jong 1-0
R. Pruijssers - M. Kazhgaleyev ½-½
M. van der Werf - D. Vocaturo 0-1
S. Siebrecht - R. van Kampen 1-0
I. Ivanisevic - I. Nyzhnyk 1-0
K. Lahno - D. Swiercz ½-½

You can play through the moves from each of the games from round 8 of Group C by going to the following website:

http://chessbase.com/news/2011/wijk/games/wijkc08.htm

These results mean the following standings exist after 8 rounds of play in this tournament:


Monday is a rest day for all the players in these 3 tournaments. These will be the pairings for Tuesday's ninth round:

(the player on the left will have the white pieces)

Grandmaster Group A
-----------------------

Round 9 - Tuesday the 25th
H. Nakamura - V. Anand
M. Vachier-Lagrave - M. Carlsen
I. Nepomniachtchi - J. Smeets
V. Kramnik - E. l'Ami
W. Hao - R. Ponomariov
A. Grischuk - A. Giri
L. Aronian - A. Shirov

Grandmaster Group B
-------------------

Round 9 - Tuesday the 25th
L. Liem - L. Fressinet
G. Sargissian - R. Wojtaszek
J. Hammer - L. McShane
Z. Efimenko - F. Nijboer
S. Ganguly - V. Tkachiev
W. So - L. Chao
D. Navara - W. Spoelman

Grandmaster Group C
--------------------

Round 9 - Tuesday the 25th
D. Swiercz - B. Bok
I. Nyzhnyk - K. Lahno
R. van Kampen - I. Ivanisevic
D. Vocaturo - S. Siebrecht
M. Kazhgaleyev - M. van der Werf
J.W. de Jong - R. Pruijssers
M. Bluvshtein - T. Sachdev

I hope all the players enjoy your rest day! Best wishes in round 9!

Analysis of Carlsen-L'Ami 2011 Tata Steel Chess 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.