September 15, 2009
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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