Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Super French GM Vachier-Lagrave confirmed for SPICE Cup 2012

The 2012 SPICE Cup Invitational (expected to be FIDE category 17-18) will take place from October 12 - 21 in the St. Louis area. Five of the six player double round robin field have been confirmed:

- GM Le Quang Liem (Vietnam) - defending champ
- GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France)
- GM Csaba Balogh (Hungary)
- GM Wesley So (Philippines)
- GM Georg Meier (Germany)

- 1 more player to be announced soon

In addition to the prestigious invitational, there will be a very strong open tournament.

$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)

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 SusanPolgar@aol.com

Registered titled players so far:

Corrales Jimenez Fidel Cuba GM 2612
Leon Hoyos Manuel Mexico GM 2579
Mikhalevksi Victor Israel GM 2538
Perelshteyn Eugene USA GM 2529
Bykhosvky 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
Sakar Justin USA IM 2392
Fierro (W) Martha Ecuador IM 2384
Kleiman Jake USA IM 2377
Neimer Vitaly Israel IM 2373
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
Agrest (W) Inna Sweden WIM 2253
Jung Hans Canada FM 2200



Conbamay said...

Go Le Quang Liem!!!

Annoynymous said...

This is a young, aggressive, but otherwise quiet bunch. I wish the last participant would be Nakamura. That would really add "spice" to the cup.