October 15, 2009
Members of Texas Tech's Knight Raiders chess team will venture into the world of stalagmites and stalactites October 17th when they participate in a tournament inside Carlsbad Caverns.
The officially rated blitz chess tournament, which is sponsored by Texas Tech's Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE), will take place in the cavern's lunchroom, which sits more than 750 feet underground in the Big Room.
Paul Truong, director of marketing for SPICE, said he is not aware of another chess tournament that has ever been organized in a cavern before.
"The message we want to give is very simple," Truong said. "Chess is fun, and it can be played anywhere. We want to change the social stigma that chess is a boring game for old guys."