New Delhi: The fight for the top spot in the Tata Steel Chess tournament has intensified after former five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand was held to a draw in the ninth round by Richard Rapport in Wijk Aan Zee on Tuesday. Playing withoutn any risks and displaying solid positional strength, Anand agreed to a draw after 42 moves. With this result, the fight for the top spot has gained massive intensity with Magnus Carlsen and Russian Grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi also entering the fray. Carlsen was held to a draw by US Chess champion Samuel Shankland while Nepomniachtchi secured a crucial win over Indian Grandmaster Vidit Gujrathi as all three players ended up on six points after nine rounds. With four rounds still left to play, a slip-up from any of the three players could prove to be costly. The action now shifts to Lieden, 45 minutes away from Wijk Aan Zee and all three players have a chance to secure the title. The main clash, which could decide the title, will be between reigning champion Carlsen and Anand. The Norwegian will have an advantage playing with white but Anand has shown that he is adept at playing with both colours, having secured two out of his three wins in the tournament with black.While Anand has already played joint-leader Nepomniachtchi, his next three opponents are all tricky. After the game against Carlsen, Anand will play Polish Grandmaster Jan-Krzysztof Duda but faces a tricky opponent in Chinese Grandmaster Ding Liren in the penultimate round. The final round will be an all-Indian affair, with Anand taking on Gujrathi while Carlsen faces a tricky challenge in Netherlands Grandmaster Anish Giri. Carlsen will also face a tricky challenge against Teimour Radjabov, who is on 4.5 points. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Anand, who was the world rapid champion in 2017 failed to win the remaining games and registered draws from rounds 12 to 15 to finish joint 23rd and squander his chance of retaining the championship. However, 2018 gave the 49-yer-old Grandmaster one bright spot as he clinched the Tata Steel Chess Blitz Championship with a stunning display on the final day. After securing 7.5 out of nine points on the final day, he was tied for the lead with Hikaru Nakamura, considered to be the best blitz player in the world currently. In the ensuing two-round play-off, which was faster than blitz in a reduced time format of a three-minute game, Anand secured a win with white pieces and drew the last game to clinch the title with a score of 1.5-0.5. highlights Anand is tied for the top spot with Carlsen and Nepomniachtchi.There are four rounds still remaining in the Tata Steel Chess tournament.Anand will take on Carlsen in a potential title-deciding 10th round.
LOS ANGELES — Steven Dunbar Jr. and Max McCaffrey will make their 49ers debuts today for a wide receiver corps that’s been ravaged by injuries all season.The 49ers starting wide receivers against the Rams are expected to be Kendrick Bourne, Trent Taylor and/or Richie James Jr. Both Dunbar (No. 19) and McCaffrey (No. 14) got promoted from the practice squad last week.The No. 1 target for Nick Mullens, however, is likely tight end George Kittle, who has 1,228 yards and is 100 shy of Rob …
A new short film from Illustra Media is sure to delight children – and adults, too.Lad Allen, producer of all the excellent nature documentaries at Illustra Media, wrote this about a new short film that is different. It contains no speech or scientific explanations; it’s just for sheer joy.Jerry Harned and I are grandfathers. Between us we have eight grandchildren (above), ranging in age from one to twelve. We enjoy them immensely. So much so that we decided to produce a film dedicated to each of them.Recently, we took a brief detour from cell biology, genetics and cosmology to develop a short video that would make our grandchildren (and, hopefully, thousands of other kids) smile, laugh, and jump around the living room like kangaroos. A film that, after everyone calmed down, would open the door for some good conversations about the creative power of God.First, we dug through our film archives and pulled out some of the best mammal, bird, reptile, insect, amphibian and fish footage we’ve photographed and accumulated over the years. Then we commissioned a special version of one of the most emotionally moving pieces of music ever written (Beethoven’s Ode to Joy). The editing process was a delight, and when we were done we had a lively and inspiring two-minute celebration of life on Earth. We call it ODE TO THE ANIMALS.In just two minutes, viewers are treated to fast-moving montage of animals large and small.Okay. Now round up your kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, kids in your neighborhood, kids in your Sunday school and Awana programs… any kids you know anywhere. Then, after making sure they have plenty of room to jump and run around, hit the “Play” arrow … and be sure to stick around to watch it with them. We’ve had some test screenings with adults and they loved it too.He ends, “May the Creator of everything fill your hearts with joy.” Watch it now, right here:If you enjoyed it, please share the film located at TheJohn1010Project.com so that you and your friends can enjoy “life, and that more abundantly” (John 10:10b). While at the website, look at all the other short films available for free viewing and sharing.CEH often deals with answering Darwinists and their outlandish claims that all these creatures just “emerged” by chance mutations and natural selection. We need to step back and look at the amazing and diverse world of life that the origins controversy is about. Sometimes, enjoying creation – standing in awe of the wonders around us – can be the best tonic to ward off unbelief.(Visited 286 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
AussiesIs there a team that can stop Australia doing a hat-trick of World Cup wins? At the time of writing, they still have to play New Zealand in the Super 8 stage, and that should be a humdinger of a match. Though there is much talk of rivalry between Australia,AussiesIs there a team that can stop Australia doing a hat-trick of World Cup wins? At the time of writing, they still have to play New Zealand in the Super 8 stage, and that should be a humdinger of a match. Though there is much talk of rivalry between Australia and England, the Aussie dominance over England in recent years has been so complete that it is a surprise when England occasionally beat them. So is with South Africa.There are great similarities between Australia and South Africa. They have the same love for sport, the facilities for all sports are top class, the people are competitive and both have a fierce instinct in whichever sport they play against each other. But unlike rugby, the Proteas have never truly stretched the Aussies in cricket.But against their Trans-Tasman neighbour, New Zealand, the rivalry is to be seen to be believed. Somehow, even India-Pakistan encounters pale when one sees the intensity of passion when the Kiwis play the Aussies, especially in New Zealand. And that’s true in any sport. That the Kiwis beat the Australians in all three of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy games will be rankling the Aussies to no end, and remember, the Kiwis did that by chasing 300-plus scores, which is a remarkable achievement indeed. The Aussies were without Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist, and Brett Lee got injured. So they were without top players and would want to prove that the defeat was the result of that and possibly because they were jaded after the Ashes series and the triseries that followed. Mind you, the Aussies are not for excuses but for results, and they will want to show who is the boss in no uncertain manner.advertisementDespite similarities, South Africa have never stretched Australia in cricket.It is this total dominance over other teams that does bring up the question of whether the Aussies are beatable in this World Cup. True, teams do have the odd bad day, but the Aussies have hardly been stretched in the matches they have played so far. So much so that the likes of Michael Hussey and Brad Hodge have not had to hit the ball in anger so far. The Aussies had to promote Hussey to open the batting against Ireland to give him some time out in the middle, and that’s a chilling thought for the bowlers as the tournament reaches the final week.South Africa claimed the last place for the semi-finals by romping home to a win over a listless England side. That means, barring an unexpected big margin loss by Australia to New Zealand, the Proteas will face the Aussies in the semi-finals. That may not be what they want, but if they catch the Aussies on the wrong foot, just imagine the confidence with which they will enter the finals. Though the Australians beat them quite easily in their group clash, the Proteas will keep rewinding to that astonishing chase of 434, which not only got them the world record for most runs, but also a one day series victory. Where the Proteas might find themselves short is the spin department, where they have nobody of international class.The other anticipated semi-final between New Zealand and Sri Lanka promises to be a much closer one than their Super 8 clash where the Lankans ran out easy winners. Both captains, Stephen Fleming and Mahela Jayawardene, are shrewd operators who know how to extract the maximum from their players. Fleming is in his third consecutive World Cup as captain, and is also in good form with the bat, which makes a huge difference when one is leading the side. Jayawardene, on the other hand, has been in patchy form, but is capable of the sublime innings that can turn the match around. He came in for plenty of flak for resting Chaminda Vaas and Muttiah Muralitharan in their Super 8 clash with Australia, but it was more to do with resting two senior players than a tactical ploy. Australia won that game easily. Some of the gloss was taken out of the win through the absence of Vaas and Murali.The one-day game does not allow too much scope for tactical moves, but captains have been using their spinners in a clever way. The ‘Powerplay’ also has been used intelligently, though Brian Lara got it horribly wrong against South Africa when he took the final one in the 44th over of their innings.As the tournament enters its final phase, tactics will count, but not as much as temperament and fitness. That is what invariably separates the men from the boys.advertisementFormer India captain Sunil Gavaskar will be writing an exclusive column for all through the World Cup.