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Monday, February 28, 2011

FIDE Women's Grand Prix Doha Qatar:round 6 games

Here are the moves from all the games from round 6:




FIDE Women's Grand Prix Doha Qatar:round 6 report

The sixth round of the FIDE Women's Grand Prix chess event was played in Doha, Qatar today. Here are the results from all of the games (the player on the left had the white pieces in the game):

Round 6 on 2011/02/28 at 15:00

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

These results mean the following standings exist after 6 rounds of play:



6th Women GP 2011

1 Danielian,Elina 2454 +447
&;
11111½5.5 / 6
2 Cramling,Pia 2516 +108
&;
½1½1½½4.0 / 6 0.00
3 Sebag,Marie 2489 +109 0
&;
½111½4.0 / 6 0.00
4 Koneru,Humpy 2607 -55 ½½
&;
011½3.5 / 6
5 Dzagnidze,Nana 2550 -79 001
&;
0113.0 / 6 0.00
6 Fierro Baquero,Martha L 2353 +180 ½001
&;
½13.0 / 6 0.00
7 Chiburdanidze,Maia 2502 -72 00
&;
0½112.5 / 6 0.00
8 Munguntuul,Batkhuyag  2410 +24 001
&;
10½2.5 / 6 0.00
9 Stefanova,Antoaneta 2546 -178 0½½
&;
0012.0 / 6 0.00
10 Zhu,Chen  2495 -146 ½00½01
&;
2.0 / 6 0.00
11 Xu,Yuhua  2484 -112 000011
&;
2.0 / 6 0.00
12 Mkrtchian,Lilit 2475 -109 ½½½0½0
&;
2.0 / 6 0.00
Average Elo: 2490 <=> Cat: 10 gm = 7.37 m = 5.17


The Story of the Bluefin

Please watch this video and pass it on to your friends:



Source:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDiuj6Vvofs

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Tories' gross fiscal mismanagement sells Albertans short

                                                       Source: Government of Alberta annual reports, 2004–2009
                                                     and :http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2009/06/30/edmonton-deficit-alberta.html






To read an article entitled, "Tories' gross fiscal mismanagement sells Albertans short", which was written by Diana Gibson and Ricardo Acuna of the Parkland Institute please click on the following link:

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/business/Tories+gross+fiscal+mismanagement+sells+Albertans+short/4345338/story.html

If you live in Alberta you owe it to yourself and your family to read this article! The Provincial Tory Government of the Province of Alberta has had enough chances to run this province! The members of this party have proved they cannot handle the responsibility of handling the economic and social environments of this province! They have totally mismanaged the economy of this province! Remember what you read in this article come election time and do not vote for the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta and its candidates ever again! There is no way you can rationalize voting for a party which could care less about the people of this province!

"Alberta is still too reliant on money from the oil and gas sector, and that has danger written all over it, NDP MLA Rachel Notley said."

When will the Government of Alberta and its premier diversify our economy? When will it get what we deserve for our oil and gas reserves?  Premier Stelmach the people of this province want to know the answers to these questions??

Even back in 2007 experts stated this about the ruling Progressive Conservative party in Alberta:

""Alberta is under-selling its resources and mismanaging the economy, exacerbating the boom-bust cycle. This report shows there are clear alternatives and makes strong recommendations for an alternative path."

(source:http://www.uofaweb.ualberta.ca/expressnews_template/article.cfm?id=8426 )

In 4 years the Progressive Conservative party has not changed its handling our our resources and continued to mismanage our economy! They don't deserve any more chances to run this province!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

FIDE Women's Grand Prix Doha Qatar:round 4 and 5 games

Here are the moves in all the games from round 4 and 5:




FIDE Women's Grand Prix Doha Qatar:round 4,5 results and standings

Here are the results from round 4 of the Women's FIDE Grand Prix in Doha Qatar.The player on the left had the white pieces in the game.Once again GM Elina Danielian won again!


Results of round four


 Ti.
Name
Rtg
Res.
Ti.
Name
Rtg
GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550
0-1
GM Danielian Elina 2454
GM Xu Yuhua 2484
1-0
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2410
IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2475
0-1
GM Chiburdanidze Maia 2502
GM Zhu Chen 2495
0-1
GM Sebag Marie 2489
GM Koneru Humpy 2607
½-½
GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2546
IM Fierro Baquero Martha 2363
½-½
GM Cramling Pia 2516


These results mean the standings after 4 rounds of play were :

1.Danielian  4 points,  2nd-3rd Sebag Fierro Baquero, 2.5 points each, 4th-8th Koneru, Dzagnidze,Cramling,Chiburdanidze,Yuhua Xu all with 2 points, Stefanova  and Xu Chen both had
1.5 points, Mkrtchian and Munguntuul both had one point.





Results of round five (the player on the left had the white pieces) Elina Danielian won for the fifth consecutive game,what a  performance!!:

Ti.
Name
Rtg
Res.
Ti.
Name
Rtg
GM Cramling Pia 2516
1-0
GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550
GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2546
½-½
IM Fierro Baquero Martha 2363
GM Sebag Marie 2489
½-½
GM Koneru Humpy 2607
GM Chiburdanidze Maia 2502
½-½
GM Zhu Chen 2495
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2410
½-½
IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2475
GM Danielian Elina 2454
1-0
GM Xu Yuhua 2484

These results mean the standings after 5 rounds of play are these:


Here are the pairings for round 6 which will be played on Monday (Sunday is  a rest day for the players):

Round 6 on 2011/02/28 at 15:00


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

Dolphins Slaughtered in Taiji

Please take the time to read two articles written by Nicole McLachlan.These articles are  the first-hand account of what the Japanese are doing to dolphins in their country. We cannot allow this behavior to continue,and I am trying to educate you about what is really happening in this World to dolphins, by people whose only concern is to murder or imprison these very intelligent animals against their will. To read these articles please click on the following links:

http://www.celsias.com/article/dolphins-slaughtered-taiji/

http://nicolemclachlan.wordpress.com/2011/02/26/the-end-for-now/ 

Here is some background about the behavior of these Japanese:
Please take the time to read this article for the sake of the dolphins:


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/23/taiji-japan-mayor-defends_n_690902.html

Thank you for reading these articles.I hope you have decided to help end the slaughter by sending your thoughts about this awful behavior of some Japanese to the Japanese Government.

This is how dolphins should be allowed to live in our World ,free to live as they chose in the waters of our planet in their family groups:


Source:http://photos.igougo.com/pictures-photos-p225338-Spinner_Dolphins.html

not like this in captivity: being used against their will for the amusement of our species:


source of photo: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=tour-operator-cancels-trips-to-captive-dolphin-attractions-2009-11-18 
and certainly not like this, killed  or captured against their will in Taiji yes the color of the water is red, that is the blood of dolphins!:



Analysis of Dzagnidze-Danielian, 2011 FIDE Women's Grand Prix round 4



Analysis of Dzagnidze-Danielian, 2011 FIDE Women's Grand Prix round 4

I have analyzed another chess game for my blog. This game comes from round 4 of the current FIDE Women's Grand Prix Tournament in Doha, Qatar. The game  is between











GM Nana Dzagnidze of the Republic of Georgia (pictured above and whose elo is 2550 making her the 6th-highest rated Woman player in the World), and  Elina Danielian of Armenia  (pictured below)




whose elo is 2454, which makes her the 37th highest-rated Woman player in the World. The opening played in this game is the Queen's Gambit Exchange variation. I hope you enjoy playing through this analysis. I allowed the strong program Hiarcs 13.2 MP to analyze this game for 2 hours in analysis mode on my quad-core computer. In addition I created a  26,498 game database using Chessbase 11 and Chessbase Megadatabase 2011, to help me analyze this game. This analysis will appear as the next blog post on my blog. Enjoy!

Source of image of  Nana Dzagnidze: http://soloscacchi.altervista.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Dzagnidze.jpg

Source of image of Elina Danielian:  http://soloscacchi.altervista.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Danielian.jpg

Friday, February 25, 2011

FIDE Women's Grand Prix Doha Qatar:round 4 pairings

Here are the pairings for round 4 of the tournament.The player on the left has the white pieces in the game. Best wishes to all of the players! These games are going to be played on Friday.


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

Source: http://qatar2011.fide.com/tourview/show-5.html

Round 5 will be played on Saturday.

FIDE Women's Grand Prix Doha Qatar:round 3 results,standings,games


The third round of the FIDE Women's Grand Prix chess event was played in Doha Qatar today.Here are the results from all the games: (the player on the left had the white pieces in the game):


Results of round three

 Ti.
Name
Rtg
Res.
 Ti.
Name
Rtg
IM
Fierro Baquero Martha L
2363
1-0
GM
Dzagnidze Nana
2550
GM
Cramling Pia
2516
½-½
GM
Koneru Humpy
2607
GM
Stefanova Antoaneta
2546
0-1
GM
Zhu Chen
2495
GM
Sebag Marie
2489
½-½
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit
2475
GM
Chiburdanidze Maia
2502
1-0
GM
Xu Yuhua
2484
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2410
0-1
GM
Danielian Elina
2454

These results mean the following standings exist after 3 rounds of play:


Here are the moves in all of the games played in round 3:




Thursday, February 24, 2011

Chronic Fatigue syndrome soon to be a disease?


According to an article entitled, "Spinal fluid proteins distinguish lyme disease from chronic fatigue syndrome" which you can read by clicking on the following link: http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-02-spinal-fluid-proteins-distinguish-lyme.html , it has been found that people who suffer from Chronic  Fatigue Syndrome have
protein abnormalities in their spinal fluid which are not found in people who do not have the condition. One of
these researchers,  "Dr. Schutzer, states: "spinal fluid proteins can likely be used as a marker of disease, and this study provides a starting point for research in that area. "One next step will be to find the best biomarkers that will give conclusive diagnostic results," he says. "In addition, if a protein pathway is found to influence either disease, scientists could then develop treatments to target that particular pathway." It will be interesting to see what the research indicates about CFS,especially if these researchers come to the conclusion that people with CFS should be viewed as having a disease. If this occurs it will not be those who have been afflicted by this terrible medical condition who will look like dummies will it?




Wednesday, February 23, 2011

FIDE Women's Grand Prix Doha Qatar:round 3 pairings

The third round of this tournament will be played tomorrow (Thursday February 24,2011)
(the player on the left has the white pieces in the game):



IM   Fierro Baquero --- GM Dzagnidze
GM Cramling           --- GM Koneru
GM Stefanova         ---GM Zhu Chen
GM Sebag              --- IM Mkrtchian
GM Chiburdanidze ----GM Xu Yuhua
IM Munguntuul       ----Danielian
Best wishes to all of the players for round 3! 
  

FIDE Women's Grand Prix Doha Qatar:round 2 results and standings

The second round of the  Women's FIDE Grand Prix chess tournament was played today in Doha,Qatar.Here are the results (the player on the left had the white pieces in the game):


GM Dzagnidze 2550--  IM Munguntuul       2410      result: 1-0
GM Danielian  2454 -- GM Chiburdanidze  2502      result:1-0
GM Xu Yuhua 2484 -- GM Sebag             2489       result: 0-1
IM Mkrtchian  2475---GM Stefanova       2546        result: 0-1
GM Zhu Chen 2495--  GM Cramling Pia 2516         result: draw
GM Koneru    2607--- IM Fierro Baquero  2363     result: 1-0

These results mean the following standings exist after 2 rounds of play:

6th Women GP 2011




6th Women GP 2011

12
1Dzagnidze,Nana 2550♦ 1/3◊ 1/82.0 / 20.000.00
2Danielian,Elina 2454♦ 1/6◊ 1/122.0 / 20.000.00
3Koneru,Humpy 2607◊ 0/1◊ 1/91.0 / 20.000.00
4Stefanova,Antoaneta 2546◊ 0/7♦ 1/111.0 / 20.000.00
5Cramling,Pia 2516◊ ½/11♦ ½/101.0 / 20.000.00
6Sebag,Marie 2489◊ 0/2♦ 1/71.0 / 20.000.00
7Xu,Yuhua  2484♦ 1/4◊ 0/61.0 / 20.000.00
8Munguntuul,Batkhuyag  2410♦ 1/12♦ 0/11.0 / 20.000.00
9Fierro Baquero,Martha L 2353◊ 1/10♦ 0/31.0 / 20.000.00
10Zhu,Chen  2495♦ 0/9◊ ½/50.5 / 20.000.00
11Mkrtchian,Lilit 2475♦ ½/5◊ 0/40.5 / 20.000.00
12Chiburdanidze,Maia 2502◊ 0/8♦ 0/20.0 / 2

Here are the moves from all of today's games:







FIDE Women's Grand Prix Qatar:round 2 pairings

Here are the pairings for the second round of play in the tournament (the player on the left has the white pieces in the game):

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

Best wishes to all of the players for round 2. 

FIDE Women's Grand Prix Qatar round 1 results,standings and games


The first round of the FIDE Women's Grand Prix chess event in Doha - Qatar was played today.
Here are the results from round 1 (the player on the left had the white pieces in the game):

Results of round one

 Ti. Name Rtg
Res.
 Ti. Name Rtg
GM Koneru Humpy 2607
0-1
GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550
IM Fierro Baquero Martha 2363
1-0
GM Zhu Chen 2495
GM Cramling Pia 2516
½-½
IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2475
GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2546
0-1
GM Xu Yuhua 2484
GM Sebag Marie 2489
0-1
GM Danielian Elina 2454
GM Chiburdanidze Maia 2502
0-1
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2410

Here are the standings after one round of play:

6th Women GP Doha (QAT), 22 ii-5 iii 2011 cat. X (2490)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2
1. Dzagnidze, Nana g GEO 2550 * . . . . . . 1 . . . . 1
2. Danielian, Elina g ARM 2454 . * . . . . . . . 1 . . 1
3. Xu, Yuhua g CHN 2484 . . * . . . . . 1 . . . 1
4. Munguntuul, Batkhuyag m MGL 2410 . . . * . . . . . . 1 . 1
5. Fierro Baquero, Martha L. m ECU 2353 . . . . * . . . . . . 1 1
6. Cramling, Pia g SWE 2516 . . . . . * ½ . . . . . ½ 2475
7. Mkrtchian, Lilit m ARM 2475 . . . . . ½ * . . . . . ½ 2516
8. Koneru, Humpy g IND 2607 0 . . . . . . * . . . . 0
9. Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2546 . . 0 . . . . . * . . . 0
10. Sebag, Marie g FRA 2489 . 0 . . . . . . . * . . 0
11. Chiburdanidze, Maia g GEO 2502 . . . 0 . . . . . . * . 0
12. Zhu, Chen g QAT 2495 . . . . 0 . . . . . . * 0



Using the program ChessViewer Deluxe I have placed all of the moves from all of these games from round one below so you can play through them. Enjoy!






Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Politicians listen to second-graders in North Dakota:ladybug may become state insect

Some very determined second-grade students in North Dakota have shown  us an interesting aspect of a Democratic system of government.  "Second-grade students from Kenmare in northwestern North Dakota asked Kenmare state Rep. Glen Froseth to introduce  legislation to the North Dakota state legislature which would make the ladybug the state insect of North Dakota.Representatives voted 88-6 last week to approve the bill. It now goes to the North Dakota Senate for its review."

Source of this information:http://www.agweek.com/event/article/id/17912/ 

Wow, I doubt if we would have thought of doing this back in 1963 when I was in grade 2!!

Here are some news stories about these enterprising grade 2 students :

http://www.governor.nd.gov/images/first-lady-betsy-dalrymple-and-kenmare-second-graders 

http://www.kenmarend.com/?id=72&ncid=2&nid=315 

Here is a link to a video about these children and their presentation regarding making the ladybug the state insect of North Dakota!:

http://www.kxnet.com/video.asp?ArticleId=710260&VideoId=41970 

I imagine the parents of these students are so proud of their children and rightfully so!!  

Rights of Non-Human Persons


                                         Image:Bottlenose dolphins

"The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET) is committed to the idea that some non-human animals meet the criteria of legal personhood and thus are deserving of specific rights and protections."

This quote was taken from the following website:

http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/RNHP

Please visit this website so that you will learn about new efforts to afford Non-Human persons such as dolphins,whales and the great apes  the protection of 'human rights' from our species to all beings who  exhibit characteristics and tendencies consistent with that of a person—traits like self-awareness, intentionality, creativity, symbolic communication, and many others.Thank you!

Source of image:http://www.solcomhouse.com/dolphins.htm 

 To learn more about the idea of non-human persons please visit the following websites:

http://www.physorg.com/news181981904.html 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Person 

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/science/article6973994.ece 

http://www.underwatertimes.com/news.php?article_id=94537816102 

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2008/10/chimpanzees-not/ 

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

http://seedmagazine.com/content/article/are_animals_people/ 

Monday, February 21, 2011

FIDE Women's Grand Prix event in Qatar 2011

 

Photo:Grandmaster Humpy Koneru of India the  top seed in the Qatar FIDE Women's Grand Prix event
about to start in Qatar.

"The FIDE Women's Grand Prix is a new series of elite tournaments which will be organised by FIDE and Global Chess. There will be 6 legs over two years in various countries around the world with three tournaments every year."
source:http://qatar2011.fide.com/index.php


A new FIDE Grand Prix event is about to start in the country of Qatar, featuring these players:GM Humpy Koneru,India, GM Antoaneta Stefanova, Bulgaria, GM Pia Cramling, Sweden,GM Nana Dzagnidze ;Republic of Geogia, GM Marie Sebag, France, GM Maia Chiburdanidze,Republic of Georgia ;GM Zhu Chen, Qatar, ;GM Elina Danielian, Armenia, GM Xu Yuhua,China,(all of the preceding players hold the Male Grandmaster Title), WGM Munguntuul Batkhuyag, Mongolia,WGM/IM Marta Fierro, Ecuador,;
WGM/IM Lilit Mrktchian, Armenia.;The players will be participating in a 10 round tournament which runs from February 22nd-March 5th (with one free day given during the tournament) The time control to be used in this tournament is 120m:60moves:15m+30sec/move on move 61.  The games will be shown live on the internet at the following link:

http://qatar2011.fide.com/tournament-games.html 

The official tournament website for this event is : http://qatar2011.fide.com/ 

Best wishes to all of the players in this event!

Visit GM Alexandra Kosteniuk's Women's Chess Blog:Please click on the image below:

Visit GM Alexandra Kosteniuk's Women's Chess Blog:Please click on the image below:
Chess needs more women and girl participants and administrators!

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.