Elite Chess Teams Reach Final Four, Which Should Be a Quiet Affair

The New York Times - Elite college basketball programs are battling in the N.C.A.A. tournament this weekend to reach the Final Four. For fans of chess, the top four teams are squaring off now.

With a total of 17 grandmasters and five international masters spread among the finalists, all the teams are good enough to win, said Al Lawrence, the director of the program at Texas Tech, the No. 3 seed.

"It is an any-given-Sunday kind of thing," Lawrence said, using a football reference for evenly matched competition.

Read more about the competition, in which Texas Tech placed third.