Le Quang Liem Wins 5th SPICE Cup

Le Quang Liem Wins 5th SPICE Cup

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Oct 26, 2011, 11:16 AM |
25 | Chess Event Coverage

Spice Logo.jpgThe 20 year-old Vietnamese #1 Le Quang Liem has won the 5th SPICE Cup in Lubbock, Texas (15-25 October).

Le lived up to his top seed status by dramatically winning his last round game against leader Leinier Dominguez to clinch a last-gasp victory in the headlining A Group event.

At the SPICE Cup this year there were three round-robin tournaments taking place, with the A Group being a 6-player double round-robin, and the B and C Groups being 10-player single round robins.

Anatoly Bykhovsky won the B Group and Ben Finegold won the C Group.

The time control was 40 moves in 90 minutes, followed by 30 minutes to complete the game, with a 30 second increment from the start. The soccer style (3-1-0) scoring system was also used in the A Group only.

Le profited from a Dominguez blunder in the final round

Le Quang Liem Leinier Dominguez spice cup 2011.JPG

 

 

The A Group with Susan Polgar (left to right): Shulman, Feller, Le, Robson, Dominguez, Meier

SPICE Cup A group 2011.JPG

 

The final standings in the A Group:

Le, Quang Liem  VIE 2717 * * 0 3
3
1 1 1 1 1 3
3
17
Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB 2710 3
0 * * 1 1 3 3 1 1 1 1 15
Meier, Georg  GER 2648 0 1 1 1 * * 1 3 3 1 1 3 15
Robson, Ray  USA 2583 1 1 0 0 1 0 * * 3 1 1 3 11
Feller, Sebastien  FRA 2668 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 * * 0 3 9
Shulman, Yuri  USA 2608 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 3 0 * * 7

 

The final standings in the B Group:

Bykhovsky, Anatoly  ISR 2521 * 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1
Mogranzini, Roberto  ITA 2439 0 * 1 1 1 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 6
Molner, Mackenzie  USA 2453 ½ 0 * ½ 1 1 0 1 ½ ½ 5
Yang, Darwin  USA 2439 ½ 0 ½ * 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 5
Sevillano, Enrico  USA 2490 0 0 0 1 * ½ ½ 1 1 1 5
Arnold, Marc USA 2505 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ * ½ 0 ½ ½ 4
Amanov, Mesgen  TKM 2541 0 0 1 0 ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ 4
Ippolito, Dean  USA 2477 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 1 0 * 0 1
Boros, Denes  HUN 2508 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 * ½
Milman, Lev  USA 2452 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ *

 

The final standings in the C Group:

Finegold, Benjamin  USA 2489 * 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1
Friedel, Joshua E  USA 2518 1 * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 6
Altounian, Levon  USA 2429 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 6
Diamant, Andre  BRA 2505 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½
Neimer, Vitaly  ISR 2373 0 0 ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ ½ 1
Bartholomew, John  USA 2440 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½ 1 1
Aleskerov, Faik  AZE 2316 0 0 0 1 0 1 * 1 ½ 1
Perelshteyn, Eugene  USA 2534 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ ½ 4
Herman, Matthew J  USA 2414 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½
Troff, Kayden W  USA 2306 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ * 2

 

 

More photos from tournament can be found here and here.  Official website coverage was at the Susan Polgar chess blog.

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