April 2, 2016
The Texas Tech University Knight Raiders chess team completed day one of play at The President's Cup, known as the Final 4 of College Chess, in third place Saturday at the Marshall Chess Club in New York.
Leading the way after the opening two rounds of competition is three-time defending national champion Webster University, who tallied six team points. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is in second place with 4.5 points while the Knight Raiders have four points. Columbia University (1.5 points) is in fourth place.
International Grandmaster Andrey Gorovets and Grandmaster Andrii Baryshpolets each collected 1.5 points to lead the way for Texas Tech on Saturday. Grandmaster Yaroslav Zherebukh and Grandmaster Elshan Moradiabadi notched 0.5 points each.
The Knight Raiders, housed under the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement, qualified for their third straight trip to the Final 4 of College Chess by claiming the program's first-ever Pan-American International Chess Championship last December in Cleveland, Ohio.
Texas Tech is making its sixth appearance in the last seven years to the Final 4 of College Chess. The Knight Raiders won back-to-back national titles in 2011-12 and finished in third place in 2010, 2014 and 2015.
The third and final round of play is set for 8 a.m. CT Sunday with the Knight Raiders taking on Webster and with UTRGV facing Columbia.
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.Twitter