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SPICE Cup Open in St. Louis (Update: Invitational Completed)

The Webster University SPICE Cup Open will take place on 16-20th October at the Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel 7730 Bonhomme Avenue St. Louis, MO 63105. The prize fund is $10,000 guaranteed and there will be no entry fee.

This event will be held alongside with the SPICE Cup Invitational (expected to be FIDE category 17-18):
- GM Le Quang Liem (Vietnam) – defending champion & #1 in Vietnam
- GM Ding Liren (China) – 3-time & reigning champion of China, #3 junior in the world
- GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France) – Former World Junior Champion & French Champion
- GM Csaba Balogh (Hungary) – Member of the Hungarian National Team
- GM Wesley So (Philippines) – #1 in the Philippines & Webster University freshman
- GM Georg Meier (Germany) – European Team Champion & Webster University sophomore

St. Louis

Prizes: $10,000 guaranteed ($4,000 – $2,000 – $1,500 – $1,000 – $500 – $250; Under 2400 FIDE $500 – $250)

Entry fee: $100 to non GM / IM, which will be fully refunded at the conclusion of the tournament if the player completes all 9 rounds (to discourage withdrawal and byes).

Limited free double occupancy accommodations available for GMs if registered by September 15, 2012 (must complete all 9 rounds)

Playing Venue: Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel 7730 Bonhomme Avenue St. Louis, MO 63105 (FREE shuttle from the Lambert – St. Louis International Airport) – $89/night chess rate

https://www.starwoodmeeting.com

(Be sure to use the code SPICECup to receive this special rate, FREE parking, FREE Internet, and discount breakfast vouchers.)

Format: 9 round Swiss (FIDE and USCF rated), IM, GM, WIM, WGM norm opportunities

Schedule: October 16-19 @ 10 am & 4 pm, October 20 @ 10 am

Time Control: Game in 90 minutes with a 30 second increment starting at move 1.
Registration: Open to the first forty (40) 2300+ FIDE rated players / maximum 40 players. Registration will be closed by September 17, 2012.
Organizer reserves the right to make a few exceptions.

Check or money order payable to: Webster University
(Attention: SPICE – Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence)
470 E. Lockwood Avenue
Webster Groves, MO 63119-3141

Please include your name, contact info, FIDE ID and rating, etc.

For questions, email SusanPolgar@aol.com

Registered titled players so far (9 GMs, 10 IMs, 2 IM-elect, etc.):

Corrales Jimenez Fidel Cuba GM 2612
Leon Hoyos Manuel Mexico GM 2605
Robson Ray USA GM 2602
Shulman Yury USA GM 2595
Mikhalevski Victor Israel GM 2538
Perelshteyn Eugene USA GM 2529
Bykhovsky Anatoly Israel GM 2527
Charbonneau Pascal Canada GM 2517
Finegold Ben USA GM 2493
Mogranzini Roberto Italy IM 2492
Yang Darwin USA IM 2486
Boros Denes Hungary GM 2485
Diamant Andre Brazil GM 2473
Smith Bryan USA IM 2452
Bartholomew John USA IM 2446
Kiewra Keaton USA IM-e 2421
Kannappan Priyadharshan India IM 2407
Sarkar Justin USA IM 2392
Fierro (W) Martha Ecuador IM 2384
Kleiman Jake USA IM 2377
Neimer Vitaly Israel IM 2373
Bregadze Levan Armenia IM 2366
Young Angelo Philippines IM 2338
Schneider (W) Veronika Hungary WGM 2313
Boor Carl USA FM 2312
Banawa Jake USA FM 2300
Troff Kayden USA IM-e 2300
Jayakumar Adarsh USA FM 2300
Kavutskiy Konstantin USA FM 2300
Hambleton Aman Canada FM 2293
Sharevich (W) Anna Belarus WGM 2261
Agrest (W) Inna Sweden WIM 2253
Serrano (W) Carla Ecuador WIM 2220
Jung Hans Canada FM 2200

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