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Texas Tech, Estacado High School Partner for Memorial Chess Tournament

K'Leigh Sims

May 20, 2015

The 2015 Mindalyzer Memorial tournament honored Quinton Smith, an Estacado High School student, who died in 2012.


On Saturday (May 16) the Texas Tech University Chess Program and the Estacado High School Matador Knight Chess Club teamed up to organize the 2015 Mindalyzer Memorial Chess Tournament to honor Quinton Smith, an Estacado High School student who died in 2012 at a chess tournament in Dallas.

Thirty-seven students from grades 6-12 played four rounds of chess at the Charles Adams Studio Project at Fifth Street and J Avenue.

“Everyone had a great day of chess and sunshine,” said Al Lawrence, director of the Texas Tech Chess Program. “Students, parents and coaches all seemed to appreciate an afternoon of chess at a great Lubbock location.”


Pranjal Ghimire of Lubbock High School took first place with a perfect 4-0 score, winning an iPad for his victories. Classmate Kevin Shu won a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 for second place. Leopold Meyer of Hutchinson Middle School finished in third, taking home a Kindle Fire tablet. Evans Middle School student Jordan Duarte finished fourth and won an electronic chess timer.

Texas Tech chess coach and International Grandmaster Alex Onischuk presented the awards to the winners.

Estacado High School teacher Jon Whitfield said this tournament is to remember Smith and the student he was.


“Quinton was a talented student with a great heart and a big love of chess,” he said. “This tournament is dedicated to his memory.”

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 its 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.