Knight Raiders Claim Two State Titles

Texas Tech chess team completes another successful year with two wins in November.

Written by Cory Chandler

The Knight Raiders, coached by chess star Susan Polgar, continue accumulating wins for Texas Tech, including winning a national title in August

 

The Knight Raiders, coached by chess star Susan Polgar, continue accumulating wins for Texas Tech, including winning a national title in August.

The Texas Tech Knight Raiders captured its first state title at the Texas Chess Association’s Texas Collegiate Championships.

International Masters Gergely Antal and Davorin Kuljasevic also captured the top two spots in individual competition.

The Knight Raiders A Team, comprised of Antal, Kuljasevic, International Master Gabor Papp, and Chase Watters, won team play on tie-breaks to beat the favored University of Texas at Brownsville team led by the top-seeded Grandmaster Mauricio Flores.

The Knight Raiders B Team finished fourth behind the University of Texas at Dallas, the 2008 state champions. Team members include Zach Haskin, Ananya Roy, Rebecca Lelko and Josh Osbourn.

Paul Truong, director of marketing for the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence, said the program has reached its goal of being nationally competitive three years ahead of the five-year target set by Polgar upon her hiring in 2007.

"In just two short years and with only one full recruiting year under our belt, members of the Knight Raiders chess team have now captured one national championship and two state championships," he said. "We could not have achieved this kind of success in such a short time, and could not do this without the wonderful support from Texas Tech and our generous anonymous donor."