Wednesday, November 7, 2007

For Immediate Release - SPICE Cup


DATE: Nov. 7, 2007
CONTACT: Cory Chandler,
(806) 742-2136

City, Texas Tech Officials Open Prestigious International Chess Tournament

WHAT: Opening ceremony for the 2007 SPICE Cup International Invitational Tournament

WHEN: 2 p.m. Friday

WHERE: The Matador Room of the Texas Tech University Student Union Building

EVENT: Texas Tech and Lubbock officials including Mayor David Miller will help launch an invitational tournament hosted by the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE).

The 2007 SPICE Cup International Invitational Chess Tournament, held in memory of grandmaster Samuel Reshevsky, will take place from Nov. 9-16 at the Student Union Building. It is the first international tournament at Texas Tech organized by chess giant Susan Polgar, director of SPICE.

The round-robin event will pit 10 internationally acclaimed chess players – hailing from countries including Poland, Hungary, Mexico, Russia and the U.S. – against each other through nine rounds of play over eight days.

Participants have an average rating of 2,527 – well above the 2,400 required to earn the U.S. Chess Federation’s highest class designation of senior master.

Children from a number of Lubbock schools are invited to attend the event each day to participate in special activities and raffles. SPICE was created in part as a tool for chess education and outreach.

All games will be broadcast live on

The tournament also features an open section, slated for Saturday and Sunday, that will provide local chess aficionados an opportunity to compete for $500 in prizes. The open tournament will consist of three rounds at 10 a.m., 1p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and two additional rounds at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday.

Contact: Paul Truong, director of marketing, SPICE, Texas Tech University (806) 742-7742, or
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