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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Vladimir Kramnik wins 2009 Tal Memorial Chess Tournament

Former World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik has won the 2009 Tal Memorial Chess Tournament
which was played in Moscow from November 4th-19th. Kramnik scored  6 points in the nine round
tournament (3 wins, 6 draws, 0 losses) for a performance elo of 2888. He had entered the tournament
with an elo of 2772. Finishing in second place was Ukrainian GM Vassily Ivanchuk. Ivanchuk gained
second place on the basis of a better tie-break over Norway's Magnus Carlsen (both finished with 5 1/2
points). Ivanchuk and Carlsen  also had an undefeated tournaments, both scoring 2 wins and 7 draws.

Here are the results from the last round of play in the tournament (the player on the left had the white
pieces in the game):

Round 9: Saturday, November 14, 2009
Vassily Ivanchuk
 Vladimir Kramnik
Vishy Anand
 Levon Aronian
Peter Svidler
 Boris Gelfand
Ruslan Ponomariov
 Alex. Morozevich
Peter Leko
 Magnus Carlsen

Here is the final crosstable: The 4 digit number after the player's name is his elo rating. The digits after his rating are  used to calculate the player's performance rating for the tournament where
performance rating=rating entering the tournament + or - the number after the player's rating.

Tal Memorial 2009

1 Kramnik,V 2772 +111
½½½½½11½16.0 / 9
2 Ivanchuk,V 2739 +106 ½
½½½1½½½15.5 / 9 23.50
3 Carlsen,M  2801 +37 ½½
½½½1½1½5.5 / 9 23.25
4 Aronian,L 2786 +14 ½½½
10½½1½5.0 / 9 21.75
5 Anand,V 2788 +11 ½½½0
½½11½5.0 / 9 20.75
6 Gelfand,B 2758 +6 ½0½1½
½½½½4.5 / 9
7 Ponomariov,R 2739 -11 0½0½½½
½½14.0 / 9
8 Svidler,P 2754 -67 0½½½0½½
½½3.5 / 9
9 Leko,P 2752 -107 ½½000½½½
½3.0 / 9 13.25
10 Morozevich,A 2750 -104 00½½½½0½½
3.0 / 9 13.25
Average Elo: 2763 <=> Cat: 21 gm = 2.70 m = 0.90

A seven minute interview of GM Kramnik which was done by International Master Malcom Pein
after the Tal Memorial tournament was completed ,can
be listened to by clicking on this link:

Congratulations Grandmaster Kramnik!  This tournament is catergorized as a category 21 event due
to the strength of the players. A category 21 is the strongest catergorization a chess tournament can
achieve,therefore this event was one of the strongest chess tournaments in the history of chess! If you
listened to the above-mentioned  interview then you know that Kramnik considers his victory over
GM Svidler to be his best game of the tournament.I have analyzed this game and posted the analysis
below on page one of  my blog.I hope you enjoy playing through this game!

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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.