Our community at Webster University believes transformative academic experiences begin with prioritizing research, technology, and accessibility. At Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE), we believe college chess is the critical component that merges these necessary components with skill.

By working and assisting one another, we have become a premier center for chess education and outreach.


SPICE's Mission

Our mission is to be a leader in promoting chess as a vehicle for enriching the education of children; be a leader in promoting women’s chess; recruit outstanding students to the University; earn national and international recognition for the University; support and promote competitive chess at the college level; and to support our nation’s most elite chess program.


Upcoming Classes and Events

US Chess Grand Prix Points: 200 (Enhanced)US Chess Junior Grand Prix!

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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 at 5 pm. No onsite registration


10/17 5 pm, 10/18 & 19 10 am & 5 pm, 10/20 5pm, 10/21 10 am & 5 pm, 10/22 10 am


  • 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.


Online at Webster.edu/SPICE or  send registration form and payment to: Webster University SPICE, 470 East Lockwood Avenue,
St. Louis, MO 63119.

For further information, please email Annastasia Wyzywany at: chess@webster.edu or call 314-246-8075.

Important notice for prize winners:

All prizes will be paid 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 and you win prizes of $600 or more: 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 and you win any prize: 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.

Last Name First Name Country Title Rating FIDE ID   USCF ID USCF Rating
Amburgy Ryan USA   2030 30924820   15437654 2240
Atanasov Anthony CAN FM 2245 2623897   30050485 2272
Bora Safal USA IM 2420 2066149   12936317 2534
Chen Ryo  USA    2324 7003072   16914802 2353
Cordova Daza Emilio PER GM 2576 3801497   13208885 2620
Eckert Doug USA FM 2123 2001993   12107920 2307
Gledura Benjamin HUN GM 2620 712779   16429168 2724
Hakobyan Aram ARM GM 2588 13306677   16863605 2670
Lu Ming USA   2387 30930880   1521462 2363
Martinez Jose  PER GM 2620 3805662      
Moradiabadi Elshan USA  GM 2553 2553   14821464 2629
Nyzhnyk Illia UKR GM 2665 14118084   15477488 2762
Park Evan USA  FM 2262 30931142   15748464 2366
Quesada Perez Yuniesky USA GM 2615 3504409   15197865 2669
Wang Justin  USA IM 2467 30911370   14930904 2559
Woodward Andy USA  FM 2337 30953499   16302012 2341
Xie Bryan USA  CM 1994 309296   15733084 2204
Yanayt Eugene USA FM 2050 2020165   12598805 2241


Class dates: Sept. 11,18,25, Oct. 2,9,16

Hours: Jumpstarters 10-11 am US Central Time, Challengers 11am-12 pm US Central Time

Where: Online via Zoom

Register for Multilingual SPICE Chess Classes Now

Languages: Spanish, Russian, Armenian, French, Hungarian, German (choose one).

Instruction will be provided by members of the nation’s #1 ranked Webster University Chess Team, based on Susan Polgar’s popular and highly effective chess curriculum and direct guidance. Instructors are fluent in your chosen language.

Jumpstarters (USCF unrated-1000): This class is for students who know the basic rules of the game and will introduce all the basic tactics, strategies, opening principles and endgame techniques.

Challengers (USCF rating 1000-1500): This class will reinforce all the basic principles in all phases of the game and will build on it with more complex tactics and strategies, as well as important endgame patterns.

Registration fee:  Jumpstarters $120 by Aug 20th, $150 after.

                               Challengers $140 by Aug 20th, for $175 after.

Please register online or send registration form and payment to: Webster University SPICE, 470 East Lockwood Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63119.

For further information, please go to: www.webster.edu/chess or Email Annastasia Wyzywany at: chess@webster.edu or call 314-246-8075.

If necessary, SPICE reserves the right to close registration when full or cancel the class for any reason.





Additional Resources & Support

Lazaro Bruzon Batista
Roman Kozelov
John Burke Yuriy Krykun
Ezra Chambers Alexander Lenderman
Emilio Cordova Daza Jakob Michelizzi 

Brian Escalante

Illia Nyzhnyk
Joshua Figueroa Peter Prohaszka
Wendy Garcia Alonso Yuniesky Quesada Perez
Benjamin Gledura Tom Shutzman
Aaron Grabinsky

Leeam Shutzman

Aram Hakobyan  

Chess Accomplishments

  • Winner of 4 Women's World Championships (Under 16, Blitz, Rapid, and Classical)
  • The only World Champion in history to win the Triple-Crown (Rapid, Blitz, and Classical World Championships)
  • 5-time Olympic Champion with 10 overall medals (5 Gold, 4 Silver, and 1 Bronze)
  • 2006 Women's Chess Cup Champion

Previously Held Five World Records:

  • 56 consecutive Olympiad game Scoring Streak* (A record of 31 wins, 25 draws, 0 loss [77.7%] over 4 Chess Olympiads from 1988 - 2004, all on board 1)
  • Most Simultaneous Games Played (326 players: 309 wins, 14 draws and 3 losses = 96.93% in 16 hours and 30 minutes)
  • Most Games Won Simultaneously (309)
  • Highest Simultaneous Winning Percentage (96.93%, beating the old record of 95.64%)
  • Most Consecutive Games Played* (1,131 games against 551 opponents: 1,112 wins, 16 draws and 3 losses = 99.03% - Previous record: 1,102 games)
    *still unbroken

First Woman in History to:

  • Break the gender barrier to qualify for the Men's World Championship Cycle (1986)
  • Earn the Men's Grandmaster title (1991) through traditional FIDE requirements
  • Receive the Grandmaster of the Year Award (2003)
  • Win the U.S. Open (Men) Blitz Championship (2003, 2005, 2006)
  • Coach a Collegiate Men's Division I team to win the National Championship (2011)
  • Coach a Collegiate Men's Division I team to win 5 straight National Championships (2011-present)
  • Coach the #1 ranked Collegiate Men's Division I team in the nation (2011-present)

Other Notable Accomplishments

  • Won the Girls' Budapest Championship under 11 at the age of 4 with a perfect 10-0 score!
    #1 ranked woman chess player in the world at the age of 15 (remained rated in the top 3 in the world for nearly 25 straight years)
  • Still currently rated as the #1 female in the United States
  • Award-winning and best-selling chess author in numerous languages
  • Winner of the prestigious Cramer Award for "Best Chess Column of the Year" (2003)
  • 3-time winner of the Chess Journalists of America Award for Best Magazine Column and Best Endgame Analysis
  • First ever recipient of the “Chess Educator of the Year” award (2003)
  • First ever recipient of the “US Scholastic Chess Ambassador” award (2006)
  • Ambassador and final torch bearer for the Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany in 2008
  • Chess for Peace Ambassador with former World Champion Anatoly Karpov and former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev
  • A pioneer in women's chess and a true role model to millions of young people worldwide
  • Founder of the Susan Polgar Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization to promote chess, with all its educational, social and competitive benefits throughout the U.S., for young people of all ages, especially girls. The foundation has awarded around $3 million in chess prizes/scholarships to young chess players on behalf of various supporters/sponsors
  • Sponsor and organizer of the prestigious annual SPICE Cup, SPICE Spring Invitational, NY City Mayor's Cup, Susan Polgar Girls' Invitational Championship, Susan Polgar World Open and Susan Polgar National Open for Girls and Boys, etc.
  • Founder and Managing Director of www.ChessDailyNews.com, the world's most popular and respected chess blog
  • Head Coach of the Texas Tech #1 ranked and National Championship teams (6/2007-6/2012), which captured 15 national, 2 state, and 2 regional titles in 4 years, and Webster University #1 ranked and National Championship teams (6/2012 - present), which captured 33 national and 2 world titles in 3 years.
  • Director of SPICE (Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence) at Texas Tech University (2007-2012)
  • Director of SPICE (Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence) at Webster University (June 2012-present)
  • Head Coach of the Webster University #1 ranked chess team in the nation (June 2012-present)

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