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GM Illya Nyzhnyk tops SPICE Cup 2014

The 2014 SPICE Cup Open was held on 21-26th October 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Clayton Hotel in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA.

The 9-round Swiss open was sponsored by Webster University and the Susan Polgar Foundation, offering the prize fund of $13,000 guaranteed (up from $11,000 last year).

Ukrainian GM Illya Nyzhnyk, a student in the Webster University, emerged a clear winner on 7/9 points, leaving the nearest followers half point behind.

Second place was shared by the USA players GM Ray Robson (2628) and GM Daniel Naroditsky (2601) on 6.5 points each, but Robson prevailed on a better tie-break score and took the silver.

Selected photos and full standings below

Three players fulfilled FIDE title norms. 15-year-old Razvan Preotu was awarded a GM norm, while 16-year-old Safal Bora and Kostya Kavutskiy - IM norms.

You can replay the top games below with triple engine analysis by the Top Computer Chess Championship (TCEC) engines Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish.

Illya Nyzhnyk and Susan Polgar

Illya Nyzhnyk and Susan Polgar

Ray Robson and Susan Polgar

Ray Robson and Susan Polgar

Daniel Naroditsky, Susan Polgar, Ray Robson

Daniel Naroditsky, Susan Polgar, Ray Robson

Razvan Preotu (GM norm), Safal Bora (IM norm), Susan Polgar and Kostya Kavutskiy (IM norm)

Razvan Preotu (GM norm), Safal Bora (IM norm), Susan Polgar and Kostya Kavutskiy (IM norm)

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SPICE Cup round 9 049

SPICE Cup 5 029

SPICE Cup 1 031 (1)

SPICE Cup 4 041

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Final standings:

1 GM Nyzhnyk Illya 2613 UKR 7
2 GM Robson Ray 2628 USA 6,5
3 GM Naroditsky Daniel 2601 USA 6,5
4 GM Le Liem 2706 VIE 6
5 GM Durarbayli Vasif 2624 AZE 6
6 GM Corrales Jimenez Fidel 2532 USA 6
7 GM Troff Kayden 2532 USA 6
8 IM Chandra Akshat 2488 USA 6
9 GM Yermolinsky Alex 2516 USA 5,5
10 GM Leon Hoyos Manuel 2512 MEX 5,5
11 IM Sevian Samuel 2484 USA 5,5
12 IM Kannappan Priyadharshan 2460 IND 5,5
13 FM Preotu Razvan 2405 CAN 5,5
14 GM Boros Denes 2468 HUN 5
15 IM Ashwin Jayaram 2468 IND 5
16 GM Vera Reinaldo 2449 CUB 5
17 IM Kjartansson Guðmundur 2439 ISL 5
18 FM Bora Safal 2328 USA 5
19 FM Kavutskiy Kostya 2307 USA 5
20 IM Xiong Jeffrey 2470 USA 4,5
21 IM Ruiz Sanches Orlen 2429 CUB 4,5
22 IM Recuero Guerra David 2424 ESP 4,5
23 IM Kiewra Keaton 2391 USA 4,5
24 FM Li Ruifeng 2365 USA 4,5
25 FM Banawa Joel Cholo B. 2350 USA 4,5
26 FM Tan Justin 2346 AUS 4,5
27 IM Neimer Vitaly 2344 ISR 4,5
28 Santarius Erik 2296 USA 4,5
29 Checa Nicolas 2266 USA 4,5
30 FM Liang Awonder 2253 USA 4,5
31 WGM Sharevich Anna 2249 USA 4,5
32 IM Kaufman Raymond 2341 USA 4
33 FM Gurevich Daniel 2314 USA 4
34 FM Pressman Leif 2301 USA 4
35 FM Shankar Gauri 2296 IND 4
36 FM Banawa Jouaquin 2306 PHI 3,5
37 FM Betaneli Alexander 2265 USA 3,5
38 FM Eckert Doug 2228 USA 3,5
39 Hendrickson Nolan 2211 USA 3,5
40 Larson Matthew 2182 USA 3,5
41 FM Langer Michael 2168 USA 3,5
42 FM Jung Hans Rudolph 2149 CAN 3,5
43 Ghatti Sanjay 2120 USA 3,5
44 Richter Alex 2016 USA 3,5
45 IM Young Angelo 2315 PHI 3
46 FM Vibbert Sean 2302 USA 3
47 WFM Chiang Sarah 2015 USA 3
48 Inumerable Florentino 2101 USA 2,5
49 Rosenthal Nicholas 2074 USA 2,5
50 Polgar Shutzman Tom 2063 USA 2,5
51 WFM Mendoza Luisa 1982 COL 2,5
52 GM Diamant Andre 2465 BRA 1,5
53 Voelker James 2159 USA 1
54 WCM Cervantes Landeiro Thalia 1868 CUB 1
55 GM So Wesley 2755 PHI 0
56 WCM Perez Landeiro Tania 0 CUB 0
57 Whatley Hanah 1120 USA 0

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