September 19-29 at Texas Tech University

The full schedule is here.

This roster includes all updated September 2009 FIDE ratings!



A Group – Category 16 (6-player DRR) – Average rating: 2631 – Average age: 20



GM Dmitry Andreikin 2659 Russia (#6 junior under 20 in the world – Russian Junior Champion) 19

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 Varuzhan Akobian 2636 – USA
(#6 in the U.S. – 2008 SPICE Cup Co-Champion – 2-time Olympiad Bronze Medalist) 26

GM Yuriy Kuzubov 2636 – Ukraine
(#8 junior under 20 in the world – #12 in Ukraine) 19

GM Rauf Mamedov 2626 – Azerbaijan (#5 player in Azerbaijan – member of the 2008 Azerbaijani Olympiad team) 21

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) – Average rating: 2501.8



IM Gabor Papp 2562 – HUN (GM norm – Texas Tech Student)

IM Davorin Kuljasevic 2547 – CRO (2 GM norms – Texas Tech Student)

GM Eugene Perelshteyn 2542 – USA (2007 SPICE Cup Champion)

IM Ray Robson 2527 – USA (2 GM norms – 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 2486 – HUN (2 GM norms – Texas Tech Student)

GM Vinay Bhat 2474 – USA (Former winner of the prestigious Samford Fellowship)

IM Oliver Barbosa 2451 – 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 from the September 2009 FIDE rating list.

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.

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