September 17, 2009
While children his age were learning 4th-grade science, one future Texas Tech student was traveling throughout Europe participating in chess competitions.
Chess has been part of Gergely Antal’s life since he was 4, and he began competing at age 8 or 9 in tournaments around Europe.
“My grandfather was the first to teach me the game,” said Antal, an international master of chess from Hungary. “My father, uncles and my sister play chess. It is like a chess family, but they are not serious chess players. They just play for fun.”
Antal said he likes to compete in chess tournaments rather than playing leisure games because he likes the feeling of being under pressure during a chess tournament.
Hal Karlsson, faculty adviser for Knight Raiders, said he thinks Antal is a strong player.