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|Sep-28-08|| ||Goran: <unsound>, Mikhalevski reached exactly the same position against I.Karim at the Gibraltar Open and continued playing. It still ended in a draw, but the game was also interesting.|
|Sep-28-08|| ||unsound: <Goran> Thanks, that's interesting: V Mikhalevski vs I Karim, 2008
I guess this latest is an indication that there are no reliable improvements to be found for white after 29.a4.|
|Sep-28-08|| ||sisyphus: It looks like Leonid Kritz will take the cup based on tiebreaks. He held off Varuzhan Akobian in a final-round meeting of the leaders.|
|Sep-28-08|| ||bharatiy: does anyone know who has the cup for sure?|
|Sep-28-08|| ||sisyphus: The way I figure it, Kritz, Akobian, Onischuk, and Harikrisna finished with 5.5; but Kritz had five Blacks and the others had four.|
|Sep-28-08|| ||Ragh: Hearty Congratulations to Pentala Harikrishna from India, for clinching the SPICE Cup after a spectacular final round victory and finishing at 5.5/9 points.|
|Sep-28-08|| ||Xeroxx: Hello ilikefroots|
|Sep-28-08|| ||shr0pshire: First place only achieved 5.5 points? Only parity or laziness can achieve that. I am inclined it to think it was the latter.|
|Sep-28-08|| ||sisyphus: Ok, let me get it straight: Harikrishna, Onischuk, and Kritz had five Blacks. Sonneborn-Berger scores:|
A very competitive field!
|Sep-29-08|| ||tsj2000: Great news
You made all Indians proud!!
You deserve it and keep your good work going in future events!
|Sep-29-08|| ||Stonehenge: <Sep-25-08 tsj2000: What a shameful performance by Harikrishna, when other Indians are shining at world level.> Interesting.|
|Sep-29-08|| ||tsj2000: Dear Stonehenge, that is called as motivation mate! after that harikrishna's performance improved!Harikrishna is indeed a talented player, but he needs to have the will to win.He has good opening and endgame technique and he can easily be 2750+ super GM if he works hard. Just watch him in Olympiad mate|
|Sep-29-08|| ||Stonehenge: No problem mate :) I like India and their chessplayers! Anand of course and Harikrishna and Sasikiran and Humpy for example.|
I'm Dutch btw. The other day I was on the site of Auroville, quite interesting!
|Sep-29-08|| ||tsj2000: Oh nice Stonehenge.India is a great place to visit.Good that you visited closer to my native place and Indian Mecca of Chess CHENNAI City where Anand and Sasikiran hail from. I hope ur trip was nice and enjoyable!|
|Sep-29-08|| ||ravel5184: aeiou!|
|Sep-29-08|| ||PhilFeeley: So why didn't they play one of those ridiculous tie-break things? How does one determine whether a tie-break blitz match should be played?|
|Sep-29-08|| ||PhilFeeley: So it is possible to draw your way to victory - providing you get at least a couple of wins along the way...|
|Sep-29-08|| ||Slaven MNE: >So it is possible to draw your way to victory - providing you get at least a couple of wins along the way...>|
Well that is one of the good sides of 3-1-0 system. But i am afraid that is the only one...
|Oct-03-08|| ||Super Chess Man: The spice cup didn't really have much spice now did it ?|
|Oct-06-08|| ||technical draw: At one time there use to be a Spice War. This what not it.|
|Oct-06-08|| ||technical draw: This was not it.|
|Oct-07-08|| ||Peligroso Patzer: Seems that the Round 9 games are still missing from the database.|
One of them was featured in last Sunday's New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/05/c...
|Oct-21-08|| ||savagerules: Talk about inflation! Supposedly this sad excuse of a tourney was the highest rated round robin in the US ever. Higher than the Piatigorsky Cup in 1966 in California?? Fischer, Spassky, Larsen, Portisch, Petrosian, and others played there. What a joke to compare this farce to the 1966 tournament and claim it's higher rated. There must be a way to force players to play for wins or chess deserves to slowly die of irrelevance, all I know I wouldn't pay a dime to see the mostly lame games like these in this Spiceless tournament.|
|Oct-21-08|| ||jon01: <savagerules> Yes, this was rather poor tournament. No superstar players involved or whatsoever. However, you could see some of US top players there excluding Kamsky and Nakamura. I was shocked to read that Perelshteyn had been the winner last year. Pathetic.|
|Jan-02-09|| ||Stonehenge: <tsj2000> Sorry, I meant I visited the website of Auroville. Not the place itself, alas.|
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