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SPICE Cup 2018 - $16,550 Guaranteed! 200 Grand Prix Pts!

These are tentative dates. We just want to put them out immediately everyone can start to plan ahead. It may be moved to 1 day earlier based on hotel availability.

2018 SPICE Cup Open
A USCF Grand Prix Event

$16,550 Guaranteed – Free to GMs, IMs, WGMs, WIMs, FIDE-rated players over 2300+, and all foreign players with 2100+ FIDE (must complete all 9 rounds), by 10/1.

Sponsored by Webster University and the Susan Polgar Foundation
St. Louis, Missouri
October 23–28, 2018 (Tuesday - Sunday)

GM/IM/WGM/WIM norm opportunity – Minimum rating FIDE 2100
October 2018 rating will be used. FIDE & USCF rated
Time Control: G/90 + 30 second increment from move 1

Prizes:

$16,550 guaranteed
$5,000-$3,000-$2,000-$1,500-$1,000-$500-$300
U/2400 FIDE $600-$400-$250
U/2250 FIDE $400-$250-$150
Top Woman $250-$150 (Can win both open + women prize)
Top Senior 50 and older $250-$150 (Born prior to January 1, 1968 – Can win both open + senior prize)
Top Junior 14 and under $250-$150 (Born after January 1, 2004 - Can win open, junior and women)

Limited FREE hotel accommodation (double occupancy) at the Clayton Plaza Hotel available to GMs.

Entry Fees:

Free to GMs, IMs, WGMs, WIMs, FIDE-rated players over 2300+, and all foreign players with 2100+ FIDE (must complete all 9 rounds), by 10/1. $100 later or on site. The rating minimums are to be met at the time of registration (or at any time starting June 2017 until the start of the tournament). $100 to FIDE 2200-2299, $200 to FIDE U-2200 if received by 9/30. Additional $50 later or on site.

Dress Code:

Casual or business casual. No shorts or flip flop allowed.

Venue:

Clayton Plaza Hotel
7750 Carondelet Ave, St Louis, MO 63105 (FREE shuttle from the Lambert – St. Louis International Airport)
$119/night, FREE Hot Breakfast/Internet/Parking
For reservations guests should call 314-726-5400 and ask for “In House Reservations”
Group Name is SPICE Cup; Group Code is SPICE Cup 2018

Send entries to:

Webster University – SPICE
470 E. Lockwood Ave
St. Louis, MO 63119

Questions or registration: Email: spice@webster.edu or call 314-246-8075

Past Champions:

2007 GM Eugene Perelshteyn
2008 GMs Harikrishna Pentala, Alex Onischuk, Var Akobian
2009 GMs Yuriy Kuzubov, Dmitry Andreikin, Rauf Mamedov
2010 GM Alex Onischuk
2011 GM Le Quang Liem
2012 GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – GM Ray Robson (Open Champ)
2013 GMs Alexander Ipatov, Kayden Troff
2014 GM Illia Nyzhnyk
2015 GM Le Quang Liem
2016 GMs Sam Sevian, Ray Robson
2017 GMs Lazaro Bruzon, Yuniesky Quesada, Dariusz Swiercz

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