A Group – Category 16 (6-player DRR) – Average rating: 2631 – Average age: 20
GM Dmitry Andreikin 2659 -
GM Wesley So 2644 - Philippines (#7 junior under 20 in the world - #1 in the Philippines - member of the 2008 Filipino Olympiad team.) 15
GM Jon Ludvig Hammer 2585 - Norway (#2 in Norway behind Magnus Carlsen - member of the 2008 Norwegian Olympiad team) 19
This event will break the U.S. record by a big margin. Last year's SPICE Cup was a category 15 event with average rating of 2605.5. This year's average rating will be over 2630!
B Group – Category 11 (10-player RR): 2501.9
IM Gabor Papp 2562 - HUN (GM norm - Texas Tech Student in 8/2009)
IM Davorin Kuljasevic 2547 - CRO (2 GM norms - Texas Tech Student in 8/2009)
GM Eugene Perelshteyn 2541 - USA (2007 SPICE Cup Champion)
IM Ray Robson 2527 - USA (1 GM norm - Winner of the 2009-2010 Samford Fellowship)
GM Andre Diamant 2526 - Brazil (2008 Brazilian Champion)
IM Ben Finegold 2515 - USA (2 GM norms)
IM Gergely Antal 2487 - HUN (2 GM norms - Texas Tech Student)
GM Amon Simutowe 2473 - ZAM (#1 player in Zambia, first African GM, board 1 of Zambian Olympiad team)
IM Oliver Barbosa 2454 - PHI (One of the top young Filipinos - Winner of 20 U.S. tournaments in the past year)
FM Danny Rensch 2388 - USA (2 IM norms)
All ratings listed are FIDE ratings.
The last spot in B group has been tentatively finalized (pending visa).
SPICE Cup Open and SPICE Cup Scholastic Open are once again two of the events which are a part of the SPICE Cup Chess Festival.
Just as last year, the SPICE Cup will be held on campus at Texas Tech University and is co-organized by SPICE, Susan Polgar Foundation, and Texas Tech University.