Ray Robson Wins 2012 SPICE Cup Open

Ray Robson Wins 2012 SPICE Cup Open

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Webster University freshman GM Ray Robson has won the 2012 SPICE Cup Open. He scored 5 wins, 4 draws, and no losses to win with a score of 7/9.

The competition format was a 9 round Swiss featuring 13 GMs and a total field of 43 players.

There was also a first GM norm for IM Vitaly Neimer, and IM norms for FM Kayden Troff, FM Aman Hambleton and NM Nolan Hendrickson.

The time control was Game in 90 minutes with a 30 second increment from the start.

Ray Robson receiving his trophy from Susan Polgar

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The 2012 SPICE Cup Open final standings

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

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The invitational 6-player double round-robin invitational SPICE Cup competition is also nearing its climax, with top seed Maxime Vachier-Lagrave leading on 5/8 with two rounds remaining.

The SPICE Cup standings after 8 rounds

Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2705 5
Ding, Liren 2702
Le, Quang Liem 2703 4
So, Wesley 2677 4
Balogh, Csaba 2664
Meier, Georg 2646 3

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Pictures and games from Susan Polgar's Chess Blog. More photos here.

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