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Raiders Win Final Four: Best College Chess Team In Nation

Entering the tournament as the 4th seed, the Texas Tech team pulled off a huge upset.

Written by Karin Slyker

Davorin Kuljasevic, Istvan Sipos, Susan Polgar, Faik Aleskerov, Andre Diamant and Anatoly Bykhovsky, pulled off an upset at the Final Four of chess.

(L-R) Davorin Kuljasevic, Istvan Sipos, Susan Polgar, Faik Aleskerov, Andre Diamant and Anatoly Bykhovsky, pulled off an upset at the Final Four of chess.

Texas Tech invites the public to join the Masked Rider and representatives from the Saddle Tramps in the welcome home celebration for the chess team, fresh from its Final Four victory this weekend in Washington, D.C.

The event will be held at the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport. Well-wishers are encouraged to meet at 10:10 p.m. today (April 4) at Baggage Claim No. 1.

The Knight Raiders entered the tournament as the 4th seed with an average rating of 50 points lower than the other three teams, and pulled off the upset after a series of team round-robin games in the President’s Cup.

The Knight Raiders include three grand masters and an international master:

  • GM Anatoly Bykhovsky of Israel
  • GM Davorin Kuljasevic of Croatia
  • GM Andre Diamant of Brazil
  • IM Istvan Sipos of Hungary
  • Faik Aleskerov of Azerbaijan

Knight Raiders coach, GM Susan Polgar, also broke a gender barrier as the first ever female head coach to lead a men’s Division I team to the national title. Last year, she was the first woman to lead a men’s Division I team to the Final Four.

The team’s flight is scheduled to return at 10:20 p.m. (April 4) from Washington, D.C. Well-wishers are encouraged to meet at 10:10 p.m. inside the airport terminal.

The Texas Tech Chess program is a unit of the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement.

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4 Responses to “Raiders Win Final Four: Best College Chess Team In Nation”

  1. Texas Tech is National Champion | Cabrini Chess Club Says:

    [...] The Texas Tech Knight Raiders chess team won this year’s National Championship. Knight Raiders coach, GM Susan Polgar became the first female head coach to lead a men’s Division I team to the national title. Congratulations to them all. [...]

  2. John McLaren, 1966 Says:

    Congratulations! This news surprised me and made me feel that Tech is diverse internationally oriented university. Very cool.

  3. Liz Toombs Says:

    Congratulations!!!!! Way to go team. Wonderful for each of you and all of the TTU. LFS, liz

  4. Cajun Raider Says:

    Congratulations

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