Texas Tech University

Chess Team Headed to NYC for President's Cup

Amanda Castro-Crist

March 21, 2017

The team will compete for the fourth straight year at the championship, also known as the Final Four of College Chess.

WHAT: Members of the Texas Tech University Knight Raiders chess team will travel to New York City to compete in the President's Cup Championship.

WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday to 11 p.m. Sunday (March 24-26)

WHERE: Marshall Chess Club, New York City

EVENT: This is the fourth straight year and seventh time overall Texas Tech has qualified for the championship, also known as the Final Four of College Chess. The Knight Raiders finished third in 2010 and the past three years, and won back-to-back national titles in 2011-12.

The Knight Raiders will compete against teams from Webster University, Saint Louis University and the University of Texas-Dallas.

Six students will travel to the championship:

  • International Grandmaster Andrii Baryshpolets, an economics major from Kyiv, Ukraine
  • International Master Sergei Matsenko, an interdisciplinary studies major from Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • International Master Pavel Vorontsov, a computer science major from Kiev, Ukraine
  • International Master Luis Torres, a petroleum engineering major from Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico
  • Women's International Master Iryna Andrenko, a horticulture science major from Simferopol, Ukraine (first alternate)
  • Woman Candidate Master Claudia Munoz, a mathematics major from Wichita Falls (second alternate)

CONTACT: Alex Onischuk, coach and director, Chess Program, Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement, Texas Tech University (806) 834-5954 or

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