Texas Tech University

Knight Raiders Member Plays Chess Blindfolded

K’Leigh Sims

April 29, 2015

The grandmaster took on five local chess champions from Evans Middle School.

Elshan Moradiabadi
Elshan Moradiabadi

Elshan Moradiabadi, international grandmaster and member of the Texas Tech University chess team known as the Knight Raiders, will play chess blindfolded against five local champions from Evans Middle School on Friday (May 1).

Moradiabadi will be unable to see the match but will be told each opponent's moves during the matches.

“Elshan is one of the top chess players in the world,” Al Lawrence, chess program director, said. “He will be blindfolded; they will not. There are no tricks involved, other than having an amazing visual memory and great skill at chess.”

The matches will take place at the Texas Tech Library entrance across from the Student Union Building from 2-3:30 p.m.

Moradiabadi is a doctoral student from Tehran, Iran, studying management information systems. He has been playing chess for 20 years and played in the Final Four of Chess three times, including the most recent tournament in which Texas Tech placed third in the nation for collegiate chess.

May 1, 2015 Gallery

The five students from Evans Middle School make up the team that won the 2013-2014 Texas Tech Chess Scholastic Grand Prix championship.

After all matches have been completed, Moradiabadi will go over each match on a demonstration board from memory and explain strategies and mistakes.

For more information or to register for events, contact Texas Tech Chess by email or phone at TexasTechChess@ttu.edu or (806) 742-7742. To keep up with the university's chess program, visit the website or follow Texas Tech Chess on Facebook.

The Texas Tech University Chess program – part of the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement – offers outreach programs to more than a dozen area schools and can provide teaching materials and other assistance on request.