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|2008 SPICE Cup: Highest Rated 10-player International Round-Robin in U.S. History|
|Written by MonRoi Support on Thu, Jul 10 2008 (08:41)|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: July 10, 2008
CONTACT: Cory Chandler
Texas Tech University’s Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE) announced Thursday it has assembled the strongest field of chess grandmasters in U.S. round-robin history for its 2008 SPICE Cup International Invitational Tournament.
The ten players – all grandmasters – confirmed for the event boast an average rating above 2605 according to World Chess Federation (FIDE) ratings.
This makes SPICE Cup a Category 15 tournament – the highest-rated tournament of its kind held on U.S. soil. The invitational round-robin tournament pits an international slate of 10 players against each other through nine rounds of play over ten days.
“We have secured a very prestigious roster of players from around the globe to compete in this tournament,” said SPICE Director Susan Polgar.
It will take place from Sept. 19-28 at the Texas Tech Student Union Building and is the main attraction of Texas Tech’s annual SPICE Cup Festival. Other activities include the 2008 Texas Women's Open Championship, SPICE Cup Grand Prix, SPICE Cup Scholastic and SPICE Cup Pro-Am.
Players with their U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) and World Chess Federation (FIDE) ratings are as follows:
Grandmaster Alexander Onischuk, United States, 2734 USCF / 2670 FIDE