2012 SPICE Cup Open

  • SonofPearl
  • on 10/18/12, 2:31 PM.

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In addition to the 6-player double round-robin invitational SPICE Cup featured in an earlier report, there is also an Open competition taking place from 16-20 October at the SPICE Cup Chess Festival in St.Louis.

The format is a 9 round Swiss featuring 13 GMs out of a total field of 43 players.

There are two rounds every day at 11:00 at 16:00, except the solitary final round on 20 October which starts at 10:00.  The time control is Game in 90 minutes with a 30 second increment from the start.

With a guaranteed $10,000 prize fund there is plenty to play for!

The standings after 5 rounds

1 GM Eugene Perelshteyn  2528
2 GM Fidel Corrales Jimenez  2605 4
3 GM Ray Robson  2602 4
4 GM Manuel Leon Hoyos  2603
5 GM Alejandro Ramirez  2551
6 GM Anatoly Bykhovsky  2522
7 GM Mesgen Amanov  2507
8 IM Darwin Yang  2485
9 GM Andre Diamant  2471
10 IM Vitaly Neimer  2384
11 GM Yury Shulman  2595 3
12 GM Victor Mikhalevski  2538 3
13 GM Benjamin Finegold  2493 3
14 GM Denes Boros  2492 3
15 IM Leonid Gerzhoy  2469 3
16 IM Keaton Kiewra  2442 3
17 IM Justin Sarkar  2408 3
18 IM Priyadharshan Kannappan  2407 3
19 IM Zhanibek Amanov  2374 3
20 IM Robert Mogranzini  2492
21 IM John Bartholomew  2446
22 IM Jake Kleiman  2377
23 IM Levan Bregadze  2366
24 FM Kayden W Troff  2312
25 FM Konstantin Kavutskiy  2287
26 NM Nolan Hendrickson  2146
27 GM Pascal Charbonneau  2517 2
28 IM Martha L Fierro  2387 2
29 FM Aman Hambleton  2348 2
30 WGM Veronika Schneider  2313 2
31 FM Jouaquin B. Banawa  2300 2
32 Iskandar Aripov  2155 2
33 FM Aleksandr Ostrovskiy  2377
34 WGM Anna Sharevich  2294
35 FM Adarsh Jayakumar  2290
36 WIM Carla Heredia  2188
37 Brian H Cassidy  2098
38 NM Spencer Finegold  2081
39 WIM Inna Agrest  2204 1
40 FM Hans Jung  2150 1
41 Tom Polgar-Shutzman  unr. 1
42 FM Carl Brandon Boor  2287 0
43 Matt D Helfst  1965 0






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  • 4 years ago


    I assume very few people in the world make a living playing a game or sport including the few hundred GM's in the world. I will spend thousands of dollars on my kids sporting activities during their childhood. I even travel to out of town marathons that I have no chance of winning. I do this for fun and personal fulfillment, not because for some plastic trophy. I assume it is the same for those in this chess tournament.

  • 4 years ago


    @ tombaralo - I certainly wasn't 'mocking' chessplayers.  I appreciate that a $10,000 prize fund isn't much when compared to other sports, but it seems a decent sum for a relatively small 9-round Swiss Open chess tournament played over only 5 days.

    I think most of the players in the SPICE Cup are there to enjoy the event, improve their play (and hopefully gain title norms in some cases), rather than winning money.

    The relatively poor financial rewards for most chess pros is a wider issue, and IMO is ultimately FIDE's fault.

  • 4 years ago


    I'm sorry, but I don't understand (I'm new to chess) if the author of this article is mocking chessplayers with this phrase: "With a guaranteed $10,000 prize fund there is plenty to play for!"

    The prizes from the site are: Prizes: $10,000 guaranteed ($4,000 – $2,000 – $1,500 – $1,000 – $500 – $250; Under 2400 FIDE $500 – $250)

    Those who are not GM needs to pay 100$ EF, which will be refunded at the end of the tournament.

    The rates for the rooms are 89$ a night. The tournament is 4 days, which means someone would pay 376$ just for the hotel, I don't know how much they spend for food and transportation. But to me it seems that if one is not within the first 4 places, he/she will have to take out money from their pockets. I remember the job I was doing, while I was in college, and I was paid about 11$ hour, which would mean that if I went to work for 4 days, I would make the same amount of money the 5th would make, without having to invest a lot of money.

    It seems to me that if these chess players would just play poker, or play another sport, they would surely make much more money. But let's also accept for a moment that the first 6 players are happy with the money they receive (after all maybe some 2600 rated players can be happy with 500 bucks), what about the other 37 players who didn't make 1$?

    If that phrase was not for mocking, I wouldn't advertise the state of extreme indigence in which chess players live, because that would do a disservice to the game.

  • 4 years ago

    NM Krasik-BOS

    Eugene keep it up man!

  • 4 years ago


    Robson's game was nice Rh3!!

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