2009 SPICE Cup Chess Tournament Attracts Young Slate of Grandmasters

A high-powered roster makes tournament the highest-rated of its kind in the United States.

Written by Cory Chandler

Texas Tech University’s 2009 SPICE Cup International Invitational Tournament will tout a high-powered roster of young chess talent set to clash beginning Sept. 19.

The tournament, in its third year, has once again set the record for the highest-rated international round robin tournament of its type held in the United States.

SPICE Cup will take place from Sept. 19-29 in the Matador Room of the Student Union Building on the Texas Tech campus.

Players will be broken into two groups. The six-player A Group will meet in a category 16 event – up from category 15 in 2008. The players are all grandmasters with an average age of 20 and an average rating is 2,631 based on September 2009 World Chess Federation (FIDE) ratings.

The ten players forming the B Group tournament, a Category 11 event comprised of mostly grandmasters or international masters, have an average rating of 2502.

A Group players include:

GM Dmitry Andreikin, Russia, 2659

GM Wesley So, Philippines, 2644

GM Varuzhan Akobian, United States, 2636

GM Yuriy Kuzubov, Ukraine, 2636

GM Rauf Mamedov, Azerbaijan, 2626

GM Jon Ludvig Hammer, Norway, 2585

B Group Players include:

IM Gabor Papp, Hungary, 2562

IM Davorin Kuljasevic, Croatia, 2547  

GM Eugene Perelshteyn, United States, 2542 (2007 SPICE Cup Champion)

IM Ray Robson, United States, 2527

GM Andre Diamant, Brazil, 2526

IM Ben Finegold, United States, 2515

IM Gergely Antal, Hungary, 2486

GM Vinay Bhat, United States, 2474

IM Dean Ippolito, United States, 2459

FIDE Master Danny Rensch, United States, 2388

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