Players are separated into two different groups and play in a round-robin setting.
Ray Robson, who celebrated his 16th birthday this week, is among the top Chess competitors
scheduled to compete in the SPICE Cup International Invitational Tournament. The event, now in its fourth year, will be held at Texas Tech University.
The 2010 SPICE Cup Festival will take place through Nov. 7 in the Matador Room of
the Student Union Building.
Lubbock Mayor Tom Martin joined SPICE director Susan Polgar for the kickoff of the
event. He declared Oct. 28 as "Susan Polgar Day" in Lubbock. Round-robin game play
will began immediately after the reception.
Players will be divided into two groups. The six-player A Group will meet in a category
16 event – the highest rated international invitational Chess tournament in U.S.
- Grandmaster Zoltan Almasi, Hungary, 2707
No. 1 ranked Hungarian on the live rating list, 2010 Olympiad Silver Medalist
- Grandmaster Alexander Onischuk, United States, 2688
Former U.S. Champion and No. 1 ranked American, Olympiad Medalist
- Grandmaster Wesley So, Philippines, 2668
No. 1 ranked Filipino, member of the 2008-2010 Filipino Olympiad team
- Grandmaster Georg Meier, Germany, 2659
No. 2 ranked German, member of the 2008 German Olympiad team
- Grandmaster Ray Robson, United States, 2539
Former U.S. Junior Champion, youngest ever American Grandmaster
- Grandmaster Eugene Perelshteyn, United States,
2528 2007 SPICE Cup Champion, 2009 SPICE Cup B Group Co-Champion, winner of multiple
National Collegiate Team Championships
Ten players form the B Group tournament, a Category 10 event comprised of mostly
grandmasters or international masters:
- Grandmaster Davorin Kuljasevic, Croatia, 2555
Texas Tech business major graduate student, 2-time winner of the National Collegiate
Team Championship, member of the Texas Tech Knight Raiders, first Texas Tech Grandmaster
- Grandmaster Ben Finegold, United States, 2534
2-time U.S. Open Champion, 2-time National Open Champion, 2009 SPICE Cup B co-champion,
former winner of the prestigious Samford fellowship
- Grandmaster Gergely Antal, Hungary, 2526
Texas Tech Economics Major Graduate, 2009 National Collegiate Chess Champion, member
of the Knight Raiders, second Texas Tech Grandmaster
- Grandmaster Andre Diamant, Brazil, 2498
Top rated Brazilian Junior, former Brazilian National Champion, member of the 2008
& 2010 Brazilian Chess Olympiad team, member of the Knight Raiders
- Grandmaster Anatoly Bykhovsky, Israel, 2497
One of the top young players in Israel, member of the Knight Raiders
- International Master Irina Krush, United States, 2490
Reigning and multiple time U.S. Women's Champion, multiple time Olympiad medalist
- International Master Bryan Smith, United States, 2478
Highest rated player ever from Alaska, winner of multiple National Collegiate Team
- International Master Dean Ippolito, United States, 2469
Prominent chess coach, former winner of the prestigious Samford fellowship, 11-time
- International Master Danny Rensch, United States, 2404
Prominent chess coach, former National Elementary, Junior High, and High School Champion,
- FIDE Master Darwin Yang, United States, 2402
Currently one of the top rated American juniors, earned first IM norm at the 2010
SPICE Spring Invitational
The Festival will also include a World Chess Federation (FIDE) Rated Open, a Scholastic
event and an Open competition. Spectators are welcome, daily admission is free.
Live updates will be available at Chess Daily News.