The 2008 SPICE Cup will take place from September 19-28 at Texas Tech University (Student Union Building) in Lubbock, Texas.
Here are the players:
USA – GM Onischuk, Alexander 2734 USCF / 2670 FIDE
GER – GM Kritz, Leonid 2667 USCF / 2610 FIDE
USA – GM Akobian, Varuzhan 2660 USCF / 2610 FIDE
USA – GM Kaidanov, Gregory 2664 USCF / 2605 FIDE
USA – GM Becerra, Julio 2640 USCF / 2598 FIDE
ISR – GM Mikhalevski, Victor 2679 USCF / 2592 FIDE
POL – GM Miton, Kamil 2703 USCF / 2580 FIDE
ISL – GM Stefansson, Hannes 2597 USCF / 2566 FIDE
USA – GM Perelshteyn, Eugene 2619 USCF / 2555 FIDE (Defending Champion)
Average FIDE: 2605
Average USCF: 2663
The 10th player with a FIDE rating over 2650 has tentatively agreed to take part in the 2008 SPICE Cup. The average rating will be over 2605 which is FIDE Category 15. This will make the 2008 SPICE Cup the highest rated 10 person International RR event in U.S. history. The average USCF rating will be around 2663.
The SPICE Cup Invitational will be the main attraction of the annual SPICE Cup Festival. Other activities will include the 2008 Texas Women’s Open Championship, SPICE Cup Grand Prix, SPICE Cup Scholastic, SPICE Cup Pro-Am event, etc. Our goal is to add a group B next year and even more activities.