Monday, March 16, 2009
March 13, 2009
It is my pleasure to welcome you to Lubbock for the prestigious SPICE Spring Invitational International Grandmaster Tournament. We are honored to host this unique event, which is one of the strongest chess tournaments of its kind held in the United States in the past decade.
Players from all over the world were invited to the event, and I applaud the Susan Polgar Institute (SPICE) at Texas Tech, The Susan Polgar Foundation (SPF), and the Knight Raiders for hosting the event and raising awareness of chess.
We are proud to have you here, and I wish you the best of luck in the competition. I know it will be an exciting and challenging seven days.