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Texas Tech Chess Heads to Final Four in New York

K'Leigh Sims

March 27, 2015

The Knight Raiders will play for the highest title in the nation.

The Knight Raiders
The Knight Raiders

Texas Tech University's chess team, the Knight Raiders, are on their way to New York City for the Final Four of Chess to take on three other universities for the highest title in the nation.

This is the second year Texas Tech has qualified for this prestigious tournament.

Taking on Webster University, the University of Texas-Dallas and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, the Chess Program's director, Al Lawrence says that the Knight Raiders are prepared for the tournament.

“We're all excited to be going to New York City once again to compete with the very best for the national championship,” he said. “It shows that the hard work of students and staff has paid off. Coach Alex Onischuk and the team have trained many hours together to prepare for the challenge. For additional preparation, our team has traveled over spring break to top-level tournaments and have been very successful.”

The Final Four of Chess begins this evening (March 27) at the historic New York Athletic Club and finishes on Sunday (March 29) with the final round and the crowning of the 2015 champion.

Texas Tech team members include International Grandmaster Yaroslav Zherebukh, International Grandmaster Elshan Moradiabadi, International Master Andrei Gorovets, International Grandmaster Samy Shoker and Woman International Grandmaster Carla Heredia Serrano.

Last year, Texas Tech finished third behind reigning champion Webster University and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.

To keep up with Texas Tech's standings at the Final Four tournament, follow them on Facebook or view daily coverage on Chessdom.com.

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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Knight Raiders: Meet the 2015 Final Four Team