Texas Tech Chess Team Records Best Finish in Team History

The Texas Tech University Knight Raiders chess team recorded its best finish in team history last weekend (March 8 – 9) at the Southwest Collegiate Championship in Houston.

Written by: Ben Samples

The Texas Tech University Knight Raiders chess team recorded its best finish in team history last weekend (March 8 – 9) at the Southwest Collegiate Championship in Houston.

Team members Chase Watters, Bryan Pernes, Stephanie Ballom and Walter Albedano earned second-place honors over teams including the University of Texas at Austin and the Lone Star College.

"The players faced very hard competition," said Susan Polgar, team coach and director of Texas Tech’s Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE). "Some players in the tournament are semi-professionals who out-rank all of our players at the moment."

Texas Tech will host the Lubbock Open Chess Championship on April 26 and the second SPICE Cup in September, which is internationally recognized as the most competitive tournament held in the United States.

CONTACT: Paul Truong, director of marketing and public relations, SPICE, Texas Tech University, (806) 392-0758 or paultruong@aol.com.