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Sunday, September 19, 2010

2010 Chess Olympiad begins on Tuesday

The photo above shows Boris Spassky playing Bobby Fischer at the XIX World Chess Olympiad in Siegen Germany in 1970. Photographer: Heinz Ducklau/Associated Press source: 

The 2010 Chess Olympiad will take place in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia from September 20th (opening ceremony) until October 3rd (final round and closing). The first round of play will be on September 21st.

Khanty Mansiysk is located here within Russia:

 Here is the schedule for this year's event:

Round 1 September 21 ,2009
Round 2 September 22 ,2010
Round 3 September 23 ,2010
Round 4 September 24 ,2010
Round 5 September 25 ,2010
Rest day September 26 ,2010
Round 6 September 27 ,2010
Round 7 September 28 ,2010
Round 8 September 29 ,2010
Round 9 September 30 ,2010
Round 10 October 1 ,2010
Rest day October 2 ,2010
Round 11 October 3 ,2010

This event has a Men's and a Women's Tournament with 4 (or more) players on each team, representing their country. 157 Men's Teams and 118 Women's teams will participate in each tournament. You can see which players are on each of these teams by going to the following link:

Women's and Men's Teams  

The official website for this event is  .

Best wishes to all the players for this Olympiad (which is the 39th edition of this event)!

The first Chess Olympiad was held in the United Kingdom in 1927. You can learn more about the history of the Chess Olympiad by visiting the following website: 

Other websites which  discuss (and some of these will cover)
the Chess Olympiad are:  This page will give up to date standings

 The Republic of Russia will be represented by 3 men's team and 2 women's teams as "by FIDE regulations the host country of the Chess Olympiad 2010, Russia, is entitled to two teams participants at the top team event of the year. However, the number of total participants turned out to be odd, thus Russia received the right to include a local team in the men section, making the total count to three."
(source: )

Canada will be represented by the following players:

Women's Event:

1 WIM Yuan Yuanling 2189
2 WIM Kagramanov Dina 2086
3 Lacau-Rodean Iulia 2024
4 Orlova Yelizaveta 1917
5 Kagramanov Dalia 1866

Men's Event:

1 GM Bluvshtein Mark 2583 CAN
2 IM Roussel-Roozmon Thomas 2484 CAN
3 IM Gerzhoy Leonid 2485 CAN
4 IM Samsonkin Artiom 2409 CAN
5 IM Noritsyn Nikolay 2414 CAN

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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.