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SPICE Cup Tournament

Yuri Aleksandrovich Kuzubov5.5/10(+1 -0 =9)[games]
Dmitry Andreikin5.5/10(+1 -0 =9)[games]
Rauf Mamedov5.5/10(+1 -0 =9)[games]
Wesley So4.5/10(+0 -1 =9)[games]
Varuzhan Eduardovich Akobian4.5/10(+1 -2 =7)[games]
Jon Ludvig Hammer4.5/10(+2 -3 =5)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Andreikin vs J L Hammer ½-½212009SPICE CupA15 English
2. W So vs Kuzubov ½-½352009SPICE CupE00 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Akobian vs R Mamedov ½-½202009SPICE CupA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
4. R Mamedov vs Kuzubov  ½-½202009SPICE CupB01 Scandinavian
5. J L Hammer vs W So 1-0432009SPICE CupD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Akobian vs D Andreikin 0-1382009SPICE CupE61 King's Indian
7. J L Hammer vs Akobian 1-0462009SPICE CupD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
8. Kuzubov vs D Andreikin ½-½182009SPICE CupC42 Petrov Defense
9. W So vs R Mamedov ½-½472009SPICE CupE81 King's Indian, Samisch
10. Kuzubov vs J L Hammer 1-0732009SPICE CupD71 Neo-Grunfeld
11. W So vs Akobian ½-½412009SPICE CupC10 French
12. D Andreikin vs R Mamedov ½-½292009SPICE CupB25 Sicilian, Closed
13. R Mamedov vs J L Hammer  ½-½282009SPICE CupA45 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Akobian vs Kuzubov  ½-½572009SPICE CupE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
15. D Andreikin vs W So ½-½172009SPICE CupB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
16. Kuzubov vs W So ½-½172009SPICE CupD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. J L Hammer vs D Andreikin  ½-½142009SPICE CupB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
18. R Mamedov vs Akobian  ½-½172009SPICE CupC01 French, Exchange
19. J L Hammer vs Kuzubov  ½-½172009SPICE CupD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. Akobian vs W So  ½-½352009SPICE CupD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. R Mamedov vs D Andreikin  ½-½282009SPICE CupC67 Ruy Lopez
22. D Andreikin vs Akobian  ½-½312009SPICE CupE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
23. W So vs J L Hammer  ½-½582009SPICE CupE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
24. Kuzubov vs R Mamedov  ½-½212009SPICE CupD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. R Mamedov vs W So ½-½172009SPICE CupB22 Sicilian, Alapin
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  minasina: Final standings:

1-3 Andreikin, Kuzubov, Mamedov 5.5
4-6 So, Akobian, Hammer 4.5

Andreikin, Mamedov and Kuzubov will play a double round robin blitz playoff for the SPICE Cup.

Sep-29-09  percyblakeney: I'd bet on Mamedov in blitz.
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  minasina: Game 1: Kuzubov 1-0 Mamedov
Game 2: Mamedov 1-0 Kuzubov

Game 3: Andreikin 1/2 Mamedov
Game 4: Mamedov - Andreikin

Sep-29-09  despantes: i'll go for andreikin
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  minasina: ...Why Mamedov is forced to play all his blitz games first?
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  minasina: Game 4: Mamedov 0-1 Andreikin
Sep-29-09  percyblakeney: OK, Mamedov's chances are gone and it's between Andreikin and Kuzubov.
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  minasina:, Andreikin needs to draw two final blitz games against Kuzubov to win the title.
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  minasina: 5th game draw. 6ht game Kuzubov - Andreikin. What happens if Kuzubov win?
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  minasina: Kuzubov won the 6th game. Are there going to be more blitz games between Kuzubov and Andreikin? Or is there another tiebreaker?
Sep-29-09  ROADDOG: Kuzubov is the Champion.

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  minasina: OK, Kuzubov won the tournament. Mamedov got 1.5 blitz points, Kuzubov and Andreikin both 2.5, but Kuzubov won their mutual encounter.
Sep-30-09  Violence: Quite a boring tournament.
Sep-30-09  despantes: yep, lots of draws and lots of short draws
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  minasina: Round 10 draws: Kuzubov - Akobian 12 moves and So - Andreikin 18 moves. Hammer 0-1 Mamedov 41 moves.
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  minasina: Draws, less than 30 moves:

Mamedov 8 games
Andreikin 8
Kuzubov 7
Hammer 4
So 4
Akobian 3

It seems that playing short draws was a good plan: Kuzubov, Andreikin, and Mamedov tied for first.

Oct-01-09  DCP23: <percyblakeney: I'd bet on Mamedov in blitz.>

I personally have no doubt that in blitz strength, Andreikin > Mamedov > Kuzubov.

And yet, Kuzubov somehow won the tie-break. Well, stranger things happen sometimes ;)

Oct-01-09  cade: During this whole tournament there was only 1 decisive game not involving Hammer. Pretty shocking stuff from the other players, who would watch a tourney like this?
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  minasina: ...could have been disastrous, if they hadn't invited Hammer.
Oct-02-09  adair10: One got an impression that all the 2600+ rated youngsters were too concerned about losing rating points, while Hammer was just enjoying playing...
Oct-02-09  zanshin: <minasina: ...could have been disastrous, if they hadn't invited Hammer.>

I agree. And he was the only one rated <2600. Maybe next time, draws should get zero points.

Oct-02-09  GalileoPiccolino: Too many draws lessened the hype of what it was expected of, well, so much so for such Tournament, next year's event the Sofia rules should be implemented; European Soccer system of 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, and zero for a loss is recommended.
Oct-10-09  blazerdoodle: Exactly ! Cramer rules.
Oct-12-09  talisman: Texas Tech: been there twice. the place where i found J. D. Salinger's Uncollected Short Stories. They let me make copies! Neat town Lubbock that embraces chess. BTW they were running 2 full pages on donny anderson in the sports page 30 years later.
Mar-05-13  mysql: Terrible tournament for So.
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