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Le Quang Liem wins the Spice cup

The Spice Cup along with the actors
A win in the final round over close rival Leinier Dominguez Perez sealed the Vietnamese No.1's victory in the strongest ever US invitational round robin, held in Lubbock, Texas. Georg Meier was equal second, along with the Cuban Dominguez, who was actually leading before his stumble at the final hurdle.

Lubbock isn't well known internationally as it is only the 84th largest US city with about 230,000 inhabitants.

Texas on the other hand, is both the second largest by size (behind Alaska), and the second largest by population (behind California).

The field was quite international with two Americans, two Europeans (a German and a Frenchman) as well as a Vietnamese and a Cuban.

'Spice' is an acronym for the 'Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence'. Hence the presence of the former World Women's Champion in the photo.

Classement final après la ronde 10

Rank Player Rating Country 1 2 3 4 5 6

Total

(Standard)

Perf.
1 Le Quang Liem 2717 VIE XX 01 1= == == 11 17 (6.5) 2753
2 Leinier Dominguez Perez 2710 CUB 10 XX == 11 == == 15 (6) 2716
3 Georg Meier 2648 GER 0= == XX =1 1= =1 15 (6) 2729
4 Ray Robson 2583 USA == 00 =0 XX 1= =1 11 (4.5) 2634
5 Sebastien Feller 2668 FRA == == 0= 0= XX 01 9 (4) 2581
6 Yuri Shulman 2608 USA 00 == =0 =0 10 XX 7 (3) 2516

The 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw system was used in Lubbock. However, for reference I have included the standard totals (1 for a win, 0.5 for a draw) in brackets.

For more information about the tournament and other chess events, viewed by Susan Polgar, go to:

http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com


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