Texas Tech University

Chess Team Headed to NYC for President's Cup

Amanda Castro-Crist

March 26, 2018

The team will compete for the fifth 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 30 to April 1)

WHERE: Marshall Chess Club, New York City

EVENT: This is the fifth straight year and eighth time overall Texas Tech has qualified for the championship, also known as the Final Four of College Chess. The Knight Raiders finished second in 2017, third in 2010 and 2014 through 2016, and won back-to-back national titles in 2011 and 2012.

The Knight Raiders depart from Lubbock Thursday (March 29) and will compete against teams from Webster University, Saint Louis University and the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.

Five students will travel to the championship:

  • International Grandmaster Andrii Baryshpolets, a doctoral economics student from Kyiv, Ukraine
  • International Grandmaster Pavlo Vorontsov, a computer science major from Kyiv, Ukraine
  • International Grandmaster Sergey Matsenko, a graduate interdisciplinary studies student from Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • International Master Jack Shtembuliak, a finance major from Odessa, Ukraine
  • International Master Luis Torres, a mechanical engineering major from Cuidad del Carmen, Mexico

CONTACT: Alex Onischuk, coach and director, Chess Program, Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Texas Tech University (806) 834-5954 or alex.onischuk@ttu.edu

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