Sunday, September 13, 2009
Story last updated at 9/13/2009 - 2:06 am
The 2009 SPICE Cup International Invitational Tournament will bring a high-powered lineup of world-class young chess talent to Texas Tech. The competition is set to start beginning Saturday.
The tournament, in its third year, will once again set the record for the highest-rated international invitational round robin tournament in the
SPICE Cup will take place from Saturday through Sept. 29 at the Matador Room in the Student Union on the Tech campus.
The 16 top-notched players will be broken into two groups. The six-player A Group will meet in a category 16 event - up from category 15 in 2008. The players are all grandmasters with an average age of just 20 and an average rating is 2,631, based on the September 2009 World Chess Federation rating list.
The 10 players forming the B Group tournament, a Category 11 event, will be mostly grandmasters and international masters, with an average rating of 2,502. Three of the 10 players in this group are members of the Texas Tech Knight Raiders chess team.
• A Group players include:
Grandmaster Dmitry Andreikin,
Grandmaster Wesley So,
Grandmaster Rauf Mamedov,
Grandmaster Jon Ludwig Hammer,
• B Group Players include:
International Master Gabor Papp,
International Master Davorin Kuljasevic,
Grandmaster Eugene Perelshteyn,
International Master Ray Robson,
Grandmaster Andre Diamant,
International Master Ben Finegold,
International Master Gergely Antal, Hungary, 2,486, 24 years old; Texas Tech student and member of the TTU Knight Raiders, 2009 National Collegiate Champion.
Grandmaster Vinay Bhat,
International Master Dean Ippolito,
FIDE Master Danny Rensch, United States, 2,388, 23 years old; former National Elementary, Junior High and High School Champion and six-time All-American.
Come by to watch world-class players compete in the most prestigious international invitational chess tournament in the
Source: Avalanche Journal