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Games - Welcome to the official website of Natalia Pogonina!

Games - Welcome to the official website of Natalia Pogonina!


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Monday, April 22, 2013

Symptoms of Not Drinking Enough Water

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Symptoms of Not Drinking Enough Water
The human body is 60 to 70 percent water. When a person doesn't drink enough water, it can have negative effects on the body and the way it operates. Not drinking enough water affects your health. According to, humans can survive without food for a whopping two months, but can only go without water for a few days before bodily functions are compromised. Among other things, water flushes out toxins in the body and keeps essential organs moist so they can function.
  1. Symptoms of Dehydration

    • When a person stops drinking water or doesn't drink enough, they can become dehydrated. Symptoms of dehydration include dry and sticky mouth, sunken eyes, not producing enough tears, little to no urine output and lethargy, according to the National Institutes of Health. People who don't drink enough water may also develop low blood pressure and a rapid heart rate.

    What Happens if You Don't Drink Enough Water?

    • The body cannot survive without water. Water consumption helps the body breathe, because it moistens the lungs. Lung functions can use up to a pint of water every day, decreasing the body's moisture through exhalation. When that liquid isn't replaced, it makes it difficult to breathe. People who don't drink enough fluids can also gain excess body fat, have poor muscle tone and a decreased ability to digest food.

    How Much Water Should People Drink per Day?

    • Most people live in a state of dehydration and don't even know it, according to However, if people follow the general recommendation to consume eight to ten glasses of water a day, they can stay properly hydrated. This water intake should be spread throughout the day so there isn't the constant urge to head to the bathroom.

    Caffeinated and Alcoholic Beverages

    • While caffeinated and alcoholic beverages are liquid, they don't necessarily quench the thirst. This is because products such as soda, coffee and beer cause the body to become dehydrated. These beverages actually hasten the body's elimination of fluids. When this occurs, mild symptoms of dehydration are experienced, including heartburn, stomachache, lower back pain, headaches and depression.

    Eating a Healthy Diet

    • Eating a healthy diet that contains at least five servings of fruit and vegetables a day is also important, since most of the body's daily fluid intake comes from what we eat. If you find that you're extremely thirsty, not eating a healthy diet, or feeling dehydrated, drink cold water rather than hot water. According to Southern Cross Health Insurance, the body absorbs cold water more quickly.

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Giant chess board bid to fight child obesity - Top stories -

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Giant chess board bid to fight child obesity

Jason Kouchak enjoys a game of chess with Sciennes Primary pupils Tom and Abi Hossell. Picture: Greg Macvean
Jason Kouchak enjoys a game of chess with Sciennes Primary pupils Tom and Abi Hossell. Picture: Greg Macvean
In the constant battle to get children off their smartphones and into the great outdoors, it’s a great move.
A large outdoor chess set to get kids interested in the cerebral hobby – while enjoying some fresh air – is proving a huge hit.
Unveiled yesterday, the all-weather super-size board could be the first of many across the city – and a new pawn in the fight against childhood obesity.
The board is the brain-child of chess enthusiast Jason Kouchak who has already provided a similar board for London’s Holland Park, has plans for another in Paris, and hopes one day to see kids from rival
 cities battle it out. He said: “We’re trying to get kids off their iPhones and their computers and outside where they can interact with each other face to face.
“The aim of the chessboard is to inspire and educate children.
“I saw these giant chessboards when I was in Europe and the children using them were all laughing and having a great time and I thought it was a shame that we didn’t have anything like that in Britain.
“After I set one up in London, I thought ‘why not introduce it in other cities?’”
The game, which will be available to use free of charge, sits alongside an existing chess table in the Meadows. It is believed to be the first of its kind in Scotland.
Former Edinburgh University student Jason, 38, is believed to have donated the lion’s share of the £2000 cost of setting it up. Edinburgh City Council also helped pay for it.
Princes Street Gardens had been considered as a location for the board but the Meadows was opted for because of its close proximity to schools – including Sciennes Primary, which has a very successful club with around 80 members.
Children from the school were on hand to pit their wits against each other yesterday morning helped by Scottish Grand Master Colin McNab.
Classical pianist Jason said: “Giant chess brings an element of etiquette and interaction back into the game, and you can’t learn that playing chess on your phone.
“The purpose of this giant chessboard isn’t just to play the game, but for the players to interact with each other.
“It’s really tangible.
“A lot of great athletes, people like Lennox Lewis, use chess both as a means of relaxing and as a way of having some mental exercise.
“I really hope these chessboards take off and that people in other cities decide to set them up too.”
The weather-proof chess pieces, which were made in Scotland, will be kept in the park warden’s store room overnight and will be set out each morning from April to October.
Jason plans to unveil a third chessboard in Paris in October. He added: “I hope that at some point in the future we will be able to have children from the three capital cities competing with each other.”
The council’s environment convener, Lesley Hinds, said: “This giant chessboard is a fantastic addition to the facilities at the Meadows. I hope it will help bring the game to a new generation of players, as well as give seasoned players an exciting new way to bring the game to life.”
Chequered past of ancient game
Chess is thought to have originated in the fifth century AD in north-west India where it was called “chaturanga”.
In the sixth century it spread to Persia and a little later the Arabs learnt the game.
Chess entered Europe in about the tenth century and became popular in the UK during Medieval times.
There are references to Edward I gambling over chess matches and one of the first books printed in English was Caxton’s The Game and Playe of the Chesse, published in 1474.
By the 17th century it was being played by the same rules as today. The first chess tournament was held in London in 1851 where the winner was a German called Adolf Anderssen.

$100,000 Pacquiao Cup chess up at Midas Hotel

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Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao (right) poses with Grandmaster Eugene Torre during the launching of the Manny Pacquiao Cup Asian Continental Open and Women’s Chess Championships at the Midas Hotel.
MANILA, Philippines - The $100,000 Manny Pacquiao Cup Asian Continental Open and Women’s Chess Championships will be held May 18-26 with the country’s leading grandmasters and upcoming masters battling it out with a crack foreign field at the Midas Hotel in Pasay City.
“We thank the champ, Rep. Pacquiao, for his support. He is an avid chess player and will give many Filipinos the chance to participate and see top grandmasters in action. We expect the best players from all over Asia to join and we will show once again how strong Phiippine chess is,” said National Chess Federation of the Philippines chairman/president Butch Pichay.
The tournament is held under the auspices of the NCFP, Asian Chess Federation and FIDE, and organized by the Eugene Torre Chess Foundation.
The top five players will qualify to the World Cup set in August in Tromso, Norway. GMs Wesley So and Oliver Barbosa are the early qualifiers. Barbosa finished in the top five in last year’s Asian Continental in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam while So qualified from the Zonal Championship organized by Tagaytay Mayor Bambol Tolentino last January in Tagaytay City.
The Asian Women’s champion will advance to the 2014 Women’s World Championship tournament.
The tournament will be a nine-round Swiss system with games scheduled daily. This is the fourth time the Philippines is hosting the Asian Continental after the 2007 meet in Cebu City and in 2009 and 2010 in Subic.
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Asian Chess Federation president Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifah Al Nahyan will be the guest of honor during the opening of the event.
Concurrent with the championship will be a FIDE Trainers Seminar on May 20-24, organized by the Florencio Campomanes Chess Academy under the auspices of the Asian Chess Federation and conducted by FIDE Trainers Commission Secretary GM Efstratios Grivas of Greece and GM Eugene Torre.
Toree, Asia’s first GM, was recently conferred the FIDE Senior Trainer title, the only FST in Southeast Asia.
For details, call Pat Lee at the NCFP office at 0927-7209260 or email For seminar inquiries, contact Elias Lao at 0926-2378876.


Laylo, Barbosa tied for 2nd in Bangkok chess

Posted at 04/22/2013 7:47 PM | Updated as of 04/22/2013 7:47 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino Grand Masters (GM) Darwin Laylo and Oliver Barbosa finished in a tie for second place, while GM Zhao Zong-Yuan of Australia took the championship at the 2013 Bangkok Chess Club tournament in Thailand on Sunday.
Zhao halved the point with International Master (IM) Wan Yunguo of China after just three moves of the King’s Indian defense in the final round, to finish with 7.5 points on six wins and three draws in the Open Section.
Meanwhile, Laylo toppled GM Susanto Megaranto of Indonesia after 38 moves of Old Benoni defense, while Barbosa routed IM Roy Saptarshi of India after 40 moves of Queen’s Pawn game.
Laylo and Barbosa finished in a six-way tie for second place.
After the tie-break points were applied, China’s Wan wound up in second place, followed by GM Jan Gustafsson of Germany was in third place. GM Levente Vajda of Romania finished fourth, GM Hansen Sune Berg of Denmark, in fifth and Laylo at sixth place. Barbosa wound up at seventh.
GM Rogelio Antonio Jr. finished with 6.5 points and landed at eighth place after splitting the point with IM Wang Chen of China after 48 moves of Sicilian defense in the final round.
GM Mark Paragua settled for a truce with GM Kulkarni Bhakti of India after 39 moves of the Scandinavian defense, Fide Master (FM) Hamed Nouri drew with GM Lu Shanglei of China after 49 moves of Vienna opening, and GM John Paul Gomez defeated IM Mas Hafizulhelmi of Malaysia.
The three Filipino chessers tallied 6.0 points each, dropping them to a share of 17th to 38th places. Paragua wound up in 20th place over-all, Hamed in 21st overall and Gomez, 25th.
In the Challenger section of the tournament, Filipino chesser Marvin Tang lost to Russian FM Sergey Birjukov in the seventh and final round, but still emerged as overall champion.
Tang had a better tie-break points against fellow six-pointers Birjukov, Atul Kumar of India, Andrian Endang of Indonesia and Dongre Chandrakant of India.
National Master Rudy Ibanez, John Kristoffer de Leon, Angelito Camer and Christine Joyce Dacayo-Paragua tallied 5.0 points each and were tied for ninth to 17th places.
The Filipino chessers campaign in the Thailand tournament was supported by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines. -- By Marlon Bernardino

Sunday, April 21, 2013

It's official! Crying babies calm down when carried | Business Standard

It's official! Crying babies calm down when carried | Business Standard

Parents, please note! Picking up and carrying a crying infant will automatically calm the child, even slowing down the fast beating of its heart, a new study has found. 

Japanese researchers found that when mothers in the study carried their babies while walking around, the infants became noticeably more relaxed and stopped crying and squirming. 

The babies' rapidly beating hearts also slowed down, evidence that the children were feeling calmer. 

"Infants become calm and relaxed when they are carried by their mother," said study researcher Dr Kumi Kuroda, who investigates social behaviour at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Saitama, Japan. 

The study observed similar responses in mouse babies. 

Since carrying (meaning holding while walking) can help stop an infant from crying, Kuroda said, it can offer mothers a way to soothe short-term irritations to their children, such as scary noises or vaccinations, MyHealthNewsDaily reported. 

For the small study, researchers monitored the responses of 12 healthy infants ages 1 month to 6 months. 

Young babies carried by a walking mother were the most relaxed and soothed, compared with infants whose mothers sat in a chair and held them, the study found. 

As a mother stood up and started to walk with her child cradled close in her arms, scientists observed an automatic change in the baby's behaviour. 

Kuroda recommends that when a baby starts crying, a brief period of carrying may help parents to identify the cause of the tears. She acknowledged carrying might not completely stop the crying, but it may prevent parents from becoming frustrated by a crying infant. 

Although this study looked at a baby's behaviour in response to its mother, Kuroda said the effect is not specific to moms, and any primary caregiver for the infant can perform the carrying. 

The researchers observed the same carrying-induced calming effects when fathers, grandmothers and an unfamiliar female with caregiving experience carried babies who were under 2 months old, Kuroda said. 

The findings were published in the journal Current Biology.