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Knight Raider Claims First National Chess Title for TTU

International Master Gergely Antal wins 2009 United States Tournament of College Champions.

Written by Cory Chandler

Gergely Antal is a senior economics major from Hungary. He is one of about 2,800 International Masters in the world.

Gergely Antal is a senior economics major from Hungary. He is one of about 2,800 International Masters in the world.

Hungarian International Master Gergely Antal, a senior at Texas Tech University, won the 2009 United States Tournament of College Champions.

The Knight Raiders chess team member beat the defending national champion and three players from the University of Texas at Dallas – considered one of the nation’s top collegiate chess programs – to claim Texas Tech’s first national title in chess.

Antal drew International Master Jacek Stopa of UT Dallas in round three. He defeated International Master Daniel Fernandez of UT Brownsville in round four, and then International Masters Salvijus Bercys and Marko Zivanic, both from UT Dallas, in rounds five and six to win the championship.

The Swiss-style tournament, held in conjunction with the U.S. Open chess championship in Indianapolis, is open to all college students. The championship section is open to all players rated 2100 or better.

Antal, along with fellow Knight Raiders Stephanie Ballom and Josh Osbourn competed in the U.S. Open which concluded Aug. 9.. Antal tied for 7th place, a half-point short of a second Texas Tech national title, after playing to a draw against Grandmaster Julio Becerra.

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