The 14th Annual SPICE Cup Open is currently ongoing at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Chesterfield, Missouri, USA.
The event is a single-section 9-round Swiss with the possibility of obtaining FIDE title norms and concludes on 25th October.
After four rounds of play Grandmasters Illia Nyznyck (2665 UKR) and Aram Hakobian (2588 ARM) are leading the race with 3,5 points each and are paired together for the 5th round.
There are 11 GMs competing in the field of 32 players. FMs Yuriy Krykun (Ukraine) and Josiah Stearman (USA) both started exceptionally well to complete elo-requirements for the respective IM titles.
The total prize fund is $15,500 guaranteed with $5000 reserved for the winner. The tournament is held in accordance with all anti-Covid measures.