The October 2012 World Chess rating list has just been published (http://ratings.fide.com/toplist.phtml).
The 2012 SPICE Cup Invitational at Webster University is now officially the highest rated International Invitational Round Robin tournament in U.S. history, breaking the record of the past 2 SPICE Cup (2010 and 2011 which were category 17). The 2012 Invitational is a category 18 tournament.
GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France) 2705 (#1 in France, former World Junior Champ)
GM Le Quang Liem (Vietnam) 2703 (#1 in Vietnam, National Champion, defending Champ)
GM Ding Liren (China) 2702 (#2 in China, 3 time and defending National Champ)
GM Wesley So (Philippines) 2677 (#1 in the Philippines, National Champ, Webster freshman)
GM Csaba Balogh (Hungary) 2664 (#6 in Hungary, member of National Team)
GM Georg Meier (Germany) 2646 (#4 in Germany, European Team Champ, Webster sophomore)
The Webster University – SPICE Grandmasters with 5 players over 2600!
This is also a historic occurrence in college chess. No university has ever had 8 grandmasters enrolling in full time study at once. In fact, no university has even come close to this mark (4 was the most by any other university). In addition, no university in the United States has ever had 5 players with ratings over 2600!
GM Wesley So (Philippines) 2677
GM Georg Meier (Germany) 2646
GM Fidel Corrales Jimenez (Cuba) 2605
GM Manuel Leon Hoyos (Mexico) 2603
GM Ray Robson (USA) 2602
GM Anatoly Bykhovsky (Israel) 2522
GM Denes Boros (Hungary) 2492
GM Andre Diamant (Brazil) 2471
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