Chess Program's Grandmaster Scheduled to Beat the Greeks

Texas Tech head coach will compete against up to 40 fraternity representatives simultaneously.

WHAT:           Third Annual Texas Tech University Greek Chess Challenge

WHEN:           2:15 p.m., Wednesday (Oct. 22)

WHERE:        UPDATED- Croslin Room, Texas Tech Library (18th Street and Boston Avenue)

Texas Tech Head Coach and International Chess Champion Alex Onischuk will challenge up to 40 fraternity representatives simultaneously in games of chess. Onischuk is one of the world's leading players, competing on the United States Chess Olympiad team, and is the highest-rated university coach in the nation.

No fraternity representative has beaten Onischuk in this challenge.

The Texas Tech Chess Program was named Chess College of the Year by The United States Chess Federation, and its team, the Knight Raiders, has won two national titles, qualifying for the Final Four of Chess last year in New York City.

The program is a member of the university's Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement and conducts extensive outreach programs, teaching and demonstrations for the Lubbock and campus communities.

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CONTACT:  Al Lawrence, program director, Chess Program, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-0997 or