Texas Tech University

Chess Coach Competes Live for National Title

Amanda Castro-Crist

April 10, 2017


Grandmaster Alex Onischuk, who began the 2017 U.S. Chess Championship seeded at No. 8 in the tournament, will compete against Wesley So, the No. 2 player in the world, after tying for first place.

Alex Onischuk
Alex Onischuk

WHAT: Grandmaster Alex Onischuk, Texas Tech University chess coach, will compete live for the 2017 U.S. Chess Championship title.

WHEN: 1 p.m. Today (April 10)

WHERE: Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis; St. Louis, Missouri

EVENT: The 2017 U.S. Chess Championship will conclude today after two weeks of competition among 12 of the best players in the U.S.

Onischuk, who is ranked No. 81 in the world and No. 6 in the U.S., began the tournament seeded at No. 8. After competition on Sunday, he finished with 7 points and tied for first place with Grandmaster Wesley So. So is the No. 2 player in the world and No. 1 player in the U.S.

The playoff will consist of two rapid games and, if needed, an Armageddon game. The winner will take home a $50,000 purse and will qualify for the 2017 World Chess Championship cycle.

Watch live here.CONTACT: Alex Onischuk, coach and director, Chess Program, Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement, Texas Tech University (806) 834-5954 or

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