GM Le Quang Liem (Vietnam), the defending SPICE CUP Invitational champion, Vietnamese champion and No. 1 player in Vietnam.
GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), former World Junior champion and French champion and No. 1 player in France.
GM Ding Liren (China), three-time and reigning champion of China, and the No.3 Junior in the world.
GM Csaba Balogh (Hungary), member of the Hungarian National chess team and top-notch chess author.
GM Wesley So (Philippines), national champion, No. 1 player in the Philippines and a Webster University freshman.
GM Georg Meier (Germany), European team champion, Webster University sophomore and co-captain of the Webster University chess team.