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🏆 SPICE Cup (2008)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Pentala Harikrishna, Alexander Vasilyevich Onischuk, Gregory Zinovyevich Kaidanov, Varuzhan Eduardovich Akobian, Kamil Miton, Victor Markovich Mikhalevski, Leonid Kritz, Julio Becerra Rivero, Hannes Hlifar Stefansson, Eugene Perelshteyn

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Perelshteyn vs V M Mikhalevski  1-0522008SPICE CupA34 English, Symmetrical
2. Kaidanov vs L Kritz 0-1392008SPICE CupC53 Giuoco Piano
3. Stefansson vs Harikrishna  ½-½232008SPICE CupD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. J Becerra Rivero vs Onischuk  ½-½212008SPICE CupC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. V M Mikhalevski vs K Miton 1-0322008SPICE CupD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. Akobian vs E Perelshteyn 1-0542008SPICE CupD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
7. Kaidanov vs Stefansson  1-0452008SPICE CupE00 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Harikrishna vs J Becerra Rivero  ½-½472008SPICE CupD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Onischuk vs V M Mikhalevski  ½-½322008SPICE CupD85 Grunfeld
10. K Miton vs Akobian  ½-½532008SPICE CupD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
11. L Kritz vs E Perelshteyn ½-½322008SPICE CupB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
12. E Perelshteyn vs K Miton  ½-½272008SPICE CupB32 Sicilian
13. Akobian vs Onischuk  ½-½262008SPICE CupD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. V M Mikhalevski vs Harikrishna ½-½332008SPICE CupD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. J Becerra Rivero vs Kaidanov  ½-½222008SPICE CupC11 French
16. Stefansson vs L Kritz 0-1452008SPICE CupC14 French, Classical
17. Stefansson vs J Becerra Rivero ½-½102008SPICE CupA06 Reti Opening
18. Kaidanov vs V M Mikhalevski 0-1822008SPICE CupD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
19. Harikrishna vs Akobian  ½-½152008SPICE CupC02 French, Advance
20. Onischuk vs E Perelshteyn  1-0552008SPICE CupE15 Queen's Indian
21. L Kritz vs K Miton  ½-½222008SPICE CupB12 Caro-Kann Defense
22. K Miton vs Onischuk  ½-½472008SPICE CupD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
23. E Perelshteyn vs Harikrishna  ½-½392008SPICE CupD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. Akobian vs Kaidanov  ½-½162008SPICE CupD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
25. V M Mikhalevski vs Stefansson  ½-½192008SPICE CupE00 Queen's Pawn Game
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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.
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  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?
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  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.
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  sisyphus: Ok, let me get it straight: Harikrishna, Onischuk, and Kritz had five Blacks. Sonneborn-Berger scores:

Harikrishna 23.25
Onischuk 23.0
Kritz 22.5

A very competitive field!

Sep-29-08  tsj2000: Great news
Congrats Harikrishna!
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!
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  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?
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  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 ?
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  technical draw: At one time there use to be a Spice War. This what not it.
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  technical draw: This was not it.
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  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:

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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