In the second year competing in division I, the SPICE – Knight Raiders won the College Chess Final Four ahead of UT Dallas, UMBC, and UT Brownsville, and became the first bottom seed team in history to win the biggest prize in College Chess.
In the third year of competing in division I, the SPICE – Knight Raiders is ranked as the #1 College Chess team in the United States (with 5 GMs and 2 IMs) and will look to defend its title on March 30 – April 1 near the nation’s capital.
After the first full year of the SPICE program, the Knight Raiders gained about an average of close to 100 rating points! In addition, members of the Knight Raiders have a grade point average of approximately 3.35 – 3.40.
In a stretch of about 6 months starting the summer of 2010, the SPICE program produced 3 Grandmasters, Kuljasevic, Antal, and Papp. The legendary SPICE tournaments (5 SPICE Cup and 3 SPICE Spring Invitational) also produced GM and IM norms (Finegold – GM title, Rensch – IM title, Yang – all 3 IM norms and title, Hess – GM norm, Mogranzini – GM norm, Antal – GM norm, etc.).
And after the first four full years of competition, the SPICE warriors won a total of 14 national, 2 state, and 2 regional titles!
Now the SPICE program is making history again by fielding the #1 team in the country for Webster University in St. Louis starting in June 2012 with 8 GMs, 2 IMs, 1 FM, and 1 WIM so far with more in the process of applying.
Although the news about Webster University (fielding next semester the strongest program in College Chess history and committing hundreds of thousands of dollars in chess scholarships which can greatly benefit many American young players) was covered by over 30 media sources including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, FIDE, and various TV networks, etc., the USCF refused to publish the Webster University Press Release even though it was sent 3 times to the Executive Director, Chess Life Editor, and Chess Life Online Editor.
Here are all the SPICE titled players so far by the order of joining the program:
IM-GM Gergely Antal (Hungary) SPICE 1st titled player and 2nd GM
IM-GM Gabor Papp (Hungary) SPICE 3rd GM
IM-GM Davorin Kuljasevic (Croatia) SPICE 1st GM
IM Istvan Sipos (Hungary)
GM Andre Diamant (Brazil) – Webster University 8/2012
GM Anatoly Bykhovsky (Israel) – Webster University 8/2012
GM Georg Meier (Germany) – Webster University 8/2012
GM Denes Boros (Hungary) – Webster University 8/2012
GM Elshan Moradiabadi (Iran) – Webster University 8/2012
GM Wesley So (Philippines) – Webster University 8/2012
GM Ray Robson (USA) – Webster University 8/2012
GM Manuel Leon Hoyos (Mexico) – Webster University 8/2012
IM Vitaly Neimer (Israel) – Webster University 8/2012
FM/IM-elect Faik Aleskerov (Azerbaijan) SPICE 1st IM – Webster University 8/2012
FM Jake Banawa – Webster University 8/2012
WIM Inna Agrest – Webster University 8/2012
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