2008 Spice Cup to be Highest-Rated 10-Person International Round-Robin Event in U.S. History

Texas Tech University’s Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE) will boast one of the strongest teams of chess grandmasters in U.S. history for its 2008 Spice Cup International Invitational Tournament.

Written by Jessica Benham

WHAT:           Opening ceremony for the 2008 Spice Cup International Invitational Tournament  

WHEN:           1 p.m. Friday (Sept. 19)

 

WHERE:         Texas Tech Student Union Building

 

EVENT:          Texas Tech University's Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE) will boast one of the strongest teams of chess grandmasters in U.S. history for its 2008 Spice Cup International Invitational Tournament.

The average rating for the 10 players is more than 2605 according to the World Chess Federation (FIDE) ratings.

SPICE Cup is a Category 15 Tournament -making it the highest-rated 10-person International round-robin event in U.S. history. The tournament places the 10 internationally acclaimed players against each other through nine rounds of play in 10 days.

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 and the SPICE Cup Pro-Am event.

CONTACT:  Paul Truong, director of marketing, SPICE, Texas Tech University (806) 742-7742, or paul.truong@ttu.edu.