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

4 way tie for first, Harikrishan best on tiebreaks

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.

The chief organizer Susan Polgar said: “As I mentioned before, we are definitely shooting for at least category 16 or 17 next year, along with a B group, and a bigger and better SPICE Cup Open, Texas Women’s Championship, and SPICE Scholastic Cup”. MonRoi has a video interview with the winner:

Round 9 results:

Alexander Onischuk 2670 USA – Hannes Stefansson 2566 ISL 1-0

Harikrishna Pentala 2668 IND – Gregory Kaidanov 2605 USA 1-0

Eugene Perelshteyn 2555 USA – Victor Mikhalevski 2592 ISR 1-0

Kamil Miton 2580 POL – Julio Becerra 2598 USA draw

Varuzhan Akobian 2610 USA – Leonid Kritz 2610 GER draw

Final Standings:

1-4. Harikrishna Pentala 2668 IND, Alexander Onischuk 2670 USA, Leonid Kritz 2610 GER and Varuzhan Akobian 2610 USA – 5.5

5. Julio Becerra 2598 USA – 5.0

6. Victor Mikhalevski 2592 ISR – 4.5

7. Eugene Perelshteyn 2555 USA – 4.0

8-9. Gregory Kaidanov 2605 USA and Kamil Miton 2580 POL – 3.5

10. Hannes Stefansson 2566 ISL – 2.5

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