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News ‘September, 2008’

Harikrishna, Onischuk, Kritz, and Akobian win SPICE Cup 2008

Harikrishna, Onischuk, Kritz, and Akobian win SPICE Cup 2008

The fighting last round of the 2008 SPICE Cup produced a four-player tie on the first place – Harikrishna Pentala, Alexander Onischuk, Leonid Kritz and Varuzhan Akobian all finished with 5.5 points. Pentala was declared winner on best additional criteria. Hopefully, this wonderfully organized tournament will encourage other sponsors to invest in round-robin events on the US soil.

2008 SPICE Cup – Round Eight

2008 SPICE Cup – Round Eight

Mikhalevski – Akobian featured wild and slightly forgotten Botvinnik Semi-Slav, which was put aside by “safer” Moscow variation. Mikhalevski took a draw by perpetual check in the position which he played on in an earlier encounter against 2347-rated I.Karim in this-year’s Gibtelecom Masters.

2008 SPICE Cup – Round Seven

2008 SPICE Cup – Round Seven

German GM Leonid Kritz beat the then-leading Victor Mikhalevski in the 7th round of 2008 SPICE Cup to replace him on the first place tie. He still might have been left half a point short from the top, had Varuzhan Akobian found the winning move against Julio Becerra, as chief organizer Susan Polgar pointed on her blog.

2008 SPICE Cup – Round Six

2008 SPICE Cup – Round Six

Round six of the 2008 SPICE Cup, the highest rated 10-player chess tournament in U.S. history, is currently underway at the Texas Tech University Student Union Building. Israeli Grandmaster Victor Mikhalevski was holding the lead after five rounds, half a point ahead of the bulk of players. Update: Mikhalevski and Akobian sharing first after six rounds.

2008 SPICE Cup – Round Three

2008 SPICE Cup – Round Three

Round 3 standings: 1. GM Leonid Kritz 2610 GER – 2.5; 2-3. GM Varuzhan Akobian 2610 USA and GM Victor Mikhalevski 2592 ISR – 2.0; 4-7. GM Pentala Harikrishna 2668 IND, GM Alexander Onischuk 2670 USA 1.5, GM Julio Becerra 2598 USA and GM Gregory Kaidanov 2605 USA – 1.5; 8-9. GM Kamil Miton 2580 POL and GM Eugene Perelshteyn 2555 USA – 1.0; 10. GM Hannes Stefansson 2566 ISL – 0.5

2008 SPICE Cup – Round One

2008 SPICE Cup – Round One

2008 SPICE Cup is the highest rated 10-player international round-robin chess tournament in U.S. History. The ten players – all grandmasters – confirmed for the event boast an average rating of 2605 according to World Chess Federation (FIDE) ratings. “We have secured a very prestigious roster of players from around the globe to compete in this tournament,” said SPICE Director Susan Polgar.

GM Li Shilong wins the 4th Pichay Cup

GM Li Shilong wins the 4th Pichay Cup

World Chess Olympiad-bound GMs Wesley So and Buenaventura “Bong”
Villamayor settled for a truce with their respective foreign rivals to
finish in a tie for fifth to seventh places at the end of the fourth
Prospero Pichay Cup international chess tournament at the Duty Free
Fiesta Mall in Paranaque City.

GM Li Shilong with a half point edge at the 4th Pichay Cup

GM Li Shilong with a half point edge at the 4th Pichay Cup

Li, one of 13 Chinese players entered in the 68-player field, drew with Mchedlishvili in the sixth round and won over No. 8 GM Marat Dhzumaev of Uzbekistan in the seventh round to grab the solo lead with six points out of a possible seven.

GMs Kazhgaleyev and Li leading at the 4th Pichay Cup

GMs Kazhgaleyev and Li leading at the 4th Pichay Cup

IM Richard Bitoon toppled GM Susanto Megaranto of Indonesia in the third round but lost to top seed GM Murtas Kazhgaleyev of Kazakhstan in the fourth round to remain as the brightest Filipino entry in the fourth Prospero Pichay Cup international chess championship at the Duty Free Fiesta Mall in Paranaque City.

The 4th Pichay Cup Gets Underway

The 4th Pichay Cup Gets Underway

Philippine No.1, Wesley So, who is now almost 15 years of age, and playing in his 5th major tournament in succession, will again lead the local challenge, ably supported by standout national team mates GM Jayson Gonzales, GM Mark Paragua, GM Bong Villamayor, IM John Paul Gomez, and ASEAN Grand Prix overall winner IM Julio Sadorra.

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