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2008 SPICE Cup – Round Six

September 19-28 in Lubbock, USA

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. Victor is genuine chess globetrotter, having already visited around 70 countries when I last asked.

Update: Mikhalevski drew Becerra in round six and Akobian beat Stefansson to join him on the first place tie.

Round 6 results:

Leonid Kritz 2610 GER – Alexander Onischuk 2670 USA draw

Harikrishna Pentala 2668 IND – Kamil Miton 2580 POL 1-0

Gregory Kaidanov 2605 USA – Eugene Perelshteyn 2555 USA 1-0

Hannes Stefansson 2566 ISL – Varuzhan Akobian 2610 USA 0-1

Julio Becerra 2598 USA – Victor Mikhalevski 2592 ISR draw

Standings after round 6:

1-2. Victor Mikhalevski 2592 ISR and Varuzhan Akobian 2610 USA – 4.0

3-6. Leonid Kritz 2610 GER, Harikrishna Pentala 2668 IND, Alexander Onischuk 2670 USA and Julio Becerra 2598 USA – 3.5

7. Gregory Kaidanov 2605 USA – 3.0

8. Kamil Miton 2580 POL – 2.0

9-10. Eugene Perelshteyn 2555 USA and Hannes Stefansson 2566 ISL – 1.5

SPICE Round 6 Tibor Nagy

Hungarian ambassador to the US, Tibor Nagy, making the first move in game Becerra-Mikhalevski

SPICE Cup Stefanson - Akobian

Hannes Stefansson – Varuzhan Akobian

SPICE Cup Pentala - Miton

Harikrishna Pentala – Kamil Miton

SPICE Cup Kritz - Onischuk

Leonid Kritz – Alexander Onischuk

SPICE Cup Akobian

Varuzhan Akobian

SPICE Cup Pentala

Harikrishna Pentala

Photos courtesy of Susan Polgar blog

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