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7750 Carondelet Ave, Clayton, MO 63105

https://webster.edu/spice/ #chess
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2021 SPICE Cup Open

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!

US Chess Grand Prix Points: 200 (Enhanced)

October 17–22, 2021
15th Annual SPICE Cup Open
9SS, G/90 + inc/30

Clayton Plaza Hotel
7750 Carondelet Ave, Clayton, MO 63105

Central Location in Downtown Clayton, Indoor/Outdoor Pools, Fitness Center, Business Center, and much more...

$15,500 in prizes - all guaranteed. GM, IM, WGM, WIM norms possible

One Section, minimum 2000 rating FIDE or 2199+ USCF
FIDE ratings will be used for pairings and prizes



Top U2450: $400-$200-$100
Top U2300: $400-$200-$100


Special prizes (which can be won in addition to place or class prize):

  • Top Woman / Top Junior (born after 1/1, 2006) / Top Senior (born before 1/1, 1971): $300-$200 each category
  • Brilliancy prize: $100

Limited free hotel accommodation at event hotel for 2500+ GMs
All equipment (Sets, Boards, Clocks) provided


Entry Fee

  • Free to GMs, IMs, WGMs, WIMs (must complete all 9 rounds - No money will be deducted from prizes).
  • Foreign FIDE-rated players/US FIDE Masters/US players 2300+ FIDE $100 by 8/31, $125 by 9/30, $150 later
  • US players 2200-2299 FIDE, $150 by 8/31, $175 by 9/30, $200 later
  • US players 2100-2199 FIDE, $200 by 8/31, $225 by 9/30, $250 later
  • US players 2000-2099 FIDE, $300 by 8/31, $350 by 9/30, $400 later



Registration ends Friday Oct. 15 at 5 pm. No onsite registration.  For more information, email Annastasia Wyzywany at chess@webster.edu or call 314-246-8075 .

Scheduled Rounds:

10/17 5 p.m., 10/18 & 19 10 a.m. & 5 p.m., 10/20 5 p.m., 10/21 10 a.m. & 5 p.m., 10/22 10 a.m.



  • COVID-19 Policies TBD based off local guidelines


  • Bye Policies

Players may request a half-point bye in rounds 1-7. Byes must be requested by the start of the previous round. Players requesting a bye after the previous round has started will be given a zero-point bye. Example A: If a player wants a bye in Round 3, they must submit their request for Round 3 bye by the start of Round 2. If player failed to request before the start of Round 2 and instead requested a bye for Round 3 during or at the end of Round 2, player will be given a zero-point bye. Maximum of two half-point byes allowed. Zero-point byes are available in any round. 


Hotel Rates:

$119 for King room or 2 Queens (Hotel Chess rate will be available until Sep 24) including FREE breakfast, internet & garage self-parking. For reservations call Clayton Plaza Hotel 314-726-5400, book online at www.cpclayton.com and use "SPI " code. Or use direct booking link  SPICE Cup.


Important notice for prize winners:

All prizes will be paid within 3 weeks after the tournament by checks or wire transfers. Prize checks are written only to the winners, not to third parties.

If you are a resident alien: Please complete Form W-9. If you have no US Social Security or Tax ID number, we must withhold and send to the IRS 30% of your prize.

If you are a non-resident alien: Please complete Form W-8BEN. We must withhold and send to the IRS 30% of your prize. If your country has a tax treaty with the United States and you have a US Social Security or Tax ID number, you may be able to avoid this withholding by submitting an IRS Form 8233 to us.

IF 30% OF YOUR PRIZE IS WITHHELD AND SUBMITTED TO THE IRS, you will receive a 1042 form in the following calendar year, no later than March. You may use this form to submit a tax return to the IRS, claim expenses, and attempt to recover some or all of the withheld tax.

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