GM Wesley So arrived in the U.S. last week. He had a very nice event at the Fresno Chess Club in California. Wesley and his Dad will come to Lubbock soon. GM Kuzubov will arrive later today. Most players from the A group will arrive in the next two days. Most players from the B group will arrive in Lubbock on Thursday and Friday.
SPICE Cup Chess Festival
September 19-29 at
Texas Tech University
Games will be broadcast LIVE on ICC, PlayChess, and MonRoi
The full schedule is here . This roster includes all updated September 2009 FIDE ratings!
SPICE Cup A Group – Category 16 (6-player DRR) – Average rating: 2631 – Average age: 20
Grandmaster Dmitry Andreikin, Russia , 2659, 18 years old (Top-rated Russian Junior and reigning Russian Junior Champion)
Grandmaster Wesley So, , 2644, 15 years old (Top-rated Filipino and member of the 2008 Filipino Olympiad team) Philippines
Grandmaster Varuzhan Akobian, United States , 26 years old, 2636 (2008 SPICE Cup Co-Champion and 2-time Olympiad Bronze Medalist)
Grandmaster Yuriy Kuzubov, Ukraine , 2636, 19 years old (2nd ranked Ukrainian Junior and 8th in the world)
Grandmaster Rauf Mamedov, Azerbaijan , 2626, 21 years old (5th ranked Azerbaijani and member of the 2008 Azerbaijani Olympiad team)
Grandmaster Jon Ludvig Hammer, Norway , 2585, 19 years old (2nd ranked Norwegian and member of the 2008 Norwegian Olympiad team)
This event will break the U.S. record by a big margin. Last year’s SPICE Cup was a category 15 event with average rating of 2605.5. This year’s average rating will be over 2630!
SPICE Cup B Group – Category 11 (10-player RR) – Average rating: 2503
International Master Gabor Papp, , 2562, 22 years old (Texas Tech student and member of the TTU Knight Raiders) GM norm Hungary
International Master Davorin Kuljasevic, , 2547, 22 years old, (Texas Tech student and member of the TTU Knight Raiders) 2 GM norms Croatia
Grandmaster Eugene Perelshteyn, , 2542, 29 years old (2007 SPICE Cup Champion and former winner of the prestigious Samford fellowship) United States
International Master Ray Robson, , 2527, 14 years old (Reigning U.S. Junior Champion and winner of the prestigious Samford fellowship) 2 GM norms United States
Grandmaster Andre Diamant, , 2526, 19 years old (Top rated Brazilian Junior and Reigning Brazilian National Champion) Brazil
International Master Ben Finegold, United States, 2515, 40 years old (2-time U.S. Open Champion, 2-time National Open Champion and former winner of the prestigious Samford fellowship) 2 GM norms
International Master Gergely Antal, , 2486, 24 years old (Texas Tech student and member of the TTU Knight Raiders, 2009 National Collegiate Champion) 2 GM norms Hungary
Grandmaster Vinay Bhat, United States , 2474, 25 years old (2007 USCL MVP and former winner of the prestigious Samford fellowship)
International Master Dean Ippolito, , 2459, 30 years old, (Former winner of the prestigious Samford fellowship and 11-time All-American) United States
FIDE Master Danny Rensch, , 2388, 23 years old (Former National Elementary, Junior High, and High School Champion and 6-time All-American) 2 IM norms United States
SPICE Cup Open and SPICE Cup Scholastic Open are once again two of the events which are a part of the SPICE Cup Chess Festival.
Just as last year, the SPICE Cup will be held on campus at and is co-organized by Texas Tech University SPICE, Susan Polgar Foundation, and Texas Tech University.
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