January 19, 2011
Papp has earned the highest ranking in chess by earning the final norm for a grandmaster title.
A Texas Tech Knight Raiders chess team member attained the chess world’s highest ranking by earning the final norm for a grandmaster title.
The success of International Master Gabor Papp of Hungary at the International Tournament Zadar Open 2010 in Croatia led him to become the third Knight Raider to enter the elite ranks of the approximately 1,000 grandmasters worldwide in just six months.
The graduate finance student from Hungary now has the same ranking as legendary players Bobby Fischer, Garry Kasparov and Knight Raiders head coach Susan Polgar, noted Paul Truong, director of marketing for the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence.
Fellow Knight Raider Davorin Kuljasevic earned his grandmaster title following a tournament in his home country of Croatia in June 2010. Gergely Antal of Hungary, earned his title at the Budapest First Saturday Chess Championship in Oct. 2010.
Through the Texas Tech Chess Program, the university has focused its resources on providing scholarships for players, conducting research, championing scholastic, college and womens chess and reaching out to chess enthusiasts of all ages.