Welcome Home Celebration for Knight Raiders

Texas Tech clinches title for best college chess team in the nation.

Texas Tech University invites the public to join the Masked Rider and representatives from the Saddle Tramps in the welcome home celebration for the chess team, fresh from its Final Four victory this weekend in Washington, D.C.

The event will be held at the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport.

The Knight Raiders entered the tournament as the 4th seed with an average rating of 50 points lower than the other three teams, and pulled off the upset after a series of team round-robin games in the President’s Cup.

The Knight Raiders include three grand masters and an international master:

  • GM Anatoly Bykhovsky of Israel
  • GM Davorin Kuljasevic of Croatia
  • GM Andre Diamant of Brazil
  • IM Istvan Sipos of Hungary
  • Faik Aleskerov of Azerbaijan

Knight Raiders coach, GM Susan Polgar, also broke a gender barrier as the first ever female head coach to lead a men's Division I team to the national title. Last year, she was the first woman to lead a men's Division I team to the Final Four.

The team’s flight is scheduled to return at 10:20 p.m. (April 4) from Washington, D.C. Well-wishers are encouraged to meet at 10:10 p.m. at Baggage Claim No. 1.

The TTU Chess program is a unit of the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement.

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