Sunday, November 18, 2007

NY Times final SPICE Cup piece

November 17, 2007, 1:41 am
Perelshteyn Wins Spice Cup
By Dylan Loeb McClain

Eugene Perelshteyn, a grandmaster from Massachusetts, won the Spice Cup, a tournament at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Tex. He led from start to finish, scoring 6.5 out of 9. Gilberto Hernandez, a grandmaster from Mexico, finished second, a half point back. The games from the tournament can be replayed at The tournament, which was a memorial to Samuel Reshevsky, the Polish-born American grandmaster, was organized by Susan Polgar, chairwoman of the United States Chess Federation, and Paul Truong, Polgar’s husband.

Perelshteyn finished with four wins and no losses, including an eighth round demolition of Blas Lugo, an international master. Lugo played a rare and very sharp variation against Perelshteyn’s French Defense. Lugo sacrificed a pawn in the opening and the resulting position was very double edged. In the ensuing complications, Lugo overlooked a simple tactic that won a couple of pawns. He compounded his error and quickly lost a rook, resigning in a hopeless position.

Here is the full article.
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