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Chess Coach Brings Home Silver in World Team Chess Championship

Onischuk is rated third overall among top players in the U.S.

Written by Callie Jones

Alexander Onischuk

Alexander Onischuk

Texas Tech Chess Coach Alexander Onischuk recently won the individual silver medal for his performance on board three for the U.S. Chess Team at the 2013 World Team Championship.

The U.S. team finished fourth overall, behind Russia, China and the Ukraine. However, the U.S. team defeated the first place winner Russia during the tournament.

“I’m glad my strong performance helped the U.S. team finish in the top four at the World Team Championship,” Onischuk said.

Onischuk did not lose any games at the tournament.

Onischuk finished third in the 2013 U.S. Chess Championship in April and competed in the 2013 World Cup in September. He currently is rated third overall among top players in the U.S.

“Coach Onischuk’s medal-winning performance against the world’s best demonstrates that he remains a world-class chess player,” said Al Lawrence, director of the Texas Tech Chess Program. “Texas Tech is honored to have him train our students.”

Texas Tech is hosting the Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship Dec. 27-30 at the Overton Hotel. It will be the first time the “World Series of Chess” has been held in Lubbock.

The Texas Tech University Chess Program—part of the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity & and Community Engagement—offers outreach programs to more than a dozen area schools and can provide teaching materials and other assistance on request.

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