The upcoming SPICE Cup will take place from September 19-28 at Texas Tech University (Student Union Building) in Lubbock, Texas.

There will be a day off in the middle of the tournament. What kind of extra fun event would you like to see on this day off?

– Blitz tournament
– Fischer random blitz tournament
– Pro-Am chess tournament
– Another activity

In addition to having the games broadcast LIVE on MonRoi, ICC and other sources, we will also try to show LIVE video feeds and taped video interviews.

Here are the players:

USA – GM Onischuk, Alexander 2734 USCF / 2670 FIDE
IND – GM Pentala, Harikrishna 2724 USCF 2668 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 (Category 15)
Average USCF: 2669

This will make the 2008 SPICE Cup the highest rated 10 person International RR event in U.S. history.

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.

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