Around 110 players showed up for the 1st Annual Lubbock Open (more than 20 are female players). The SPF (and SPICE) signed up about 70 new USCF members. The media (local network TVs and newspapers) came to cover the event. Lubbock Commissioner Ysidro Gutierrez is among the participants.

Another notable player is John Hawthorne (2330 FIDE, 2362 USCF), distinguished professorial Chair of philosophy at Oxford University. We have 2 players over 2300, 1 over 2200 and a number of other strong players.

Lubbock Mayor David Miller attended the Opening Ceremony to welcome everyone. This is the largest and strongest ever open event in this city and we hope to grow bigger and stronger each year.

Lubbock Mayor David Miller

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Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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