Thursday, August 02, 2012

$10,000 SPICE Cup Open in St. Louis

$10,000 Webster University SPICE Cup Open
October 16-20, 2012
St. Louis, Missouri

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

This event will be held alongside with the SPICE Cup Invitational (expected to be FIDE category 17-18)

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

(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.

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

Registered titled players so far:

Corrales Jimenez Fidel Cuba GM 2612
Leon Hoyos Manuel Mexico GM 2579
Perelshteyn Eugene USA GM 2529
Bykhosvky Anatoly Israel GM 2527
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
Bartholomew John USA IM 2446
Sakar Justin USA IM 2392
Fierro (W) Martha Ecuador IM 2384
Kleiman Jake USA IM 2377
Neimer Vitaly Israel IM 2373
Young Angelo USA IM 2338
Schneider (W) Veronika Hungary WGM 2313
Boor Carl USA FM 2312
Banawa Jake USA FM 2300
Troff Kayden USA IM 2300
Jayakumar Adarsh USA FM 2300
Kavutskiy Konstantin USA FM 2300
Agrest (W) Inna Sweden WIM 2253
Jung Hans Canada FM 2200



  1. Great to see such a strong event hosted in the United States. But I have to ask... there wasn't room for even one American player? No young GM or strong IM?

  2. Invitations were sent out to many young American players over 2300.