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SPICE Cup International Chess Tournament

Lubbock, Texas, November 9-16, 2007

Texas Tech Hosts World-Class International Chess Tournament

Texas Tech University’s Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE) will host a prestigious invitational tournament on 9-16th November at the Matador Room of the Student Union Building, Lubbock.

The round-robin tournament, in memory of Grandmaster Samuel Reshevsky, will pit 10 internationally acclaimed chess players – hailing from countries including Poland, Hungary, Mexico, Russia and the United States – against each other through nine rounds of play over eight days. All games will be broadcast live on


1. GM Kamil Miton 2628 POL
2. GM Boris Gulko 2571 USA
3. GM Julio Beccerra 2568 USA
4. GM Imre Hera 2544 Hungary
5. GM Gilberto Hernandez 2536 Mexico
6. GM Eugene Perelshteyn 2536 USA
7. IM Dmitry Schneider 2502 USA
8. IM Manuel Leon Hoyos 2495 Mexico
9. IM Irina Krush 2475 USA
10. IM Blas Lugo 2411 USA

Children from a number of Lubbock schools are invited to attend the event each day to participate in special activities and raffles. SPICE was created in part as a tool for chess education and outreach.

The tournament also features an open section, slated for Saturday and Sunday, that will provide local chess aficionados an opportunity for compete for $500 in prizes. The open tournament will consist of three rounds at 10 a.m., 1p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and two additional rounds at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday.

For advance registration in the open section contact Hal Karlsson at (806) 742-3130, or

Special Trivia

SPICE Cup is a Category 12 event, with an average rating of 2527. This will be one of the strongest international round robin tournaments in the United States in many years. Can you name the last ten player international round robin invitational tournament in the US that was Category 12 or stronger? Please send your answer to There will be special prizes to ten random winners who submit the correct answer. The contest ends at midnight on November 14, 2007.

More information on Susan Polgar’s blog

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