Wednesday, May 16, 2007

It's official - SPICE

Dr. William Marcy, the Provost of Texas Tech, just introduced me as the first ever Executive Director of SPICE (Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence) and Head Coach of the Knight Raiders. This center will be a part of Texas Tech University.This institute, in addition to chess excellence, will focus on many other areas such as chess and education, research, technology, psychology, and much more. Now students from around the world can come to Texas Tech to enjoy many additional benefits. This is the first center of its kind in the world and Texas Tech is fully committed to give Susan and SPICE all the necessary support to achieve the highest level of success.

I have to add that NONE of this would have happened without UTD. Dr. Redman was the first to introduce and inspire me to be more involved with college chess. Then Jim Stallings continued to carry on that tradition. It is a much easier task to emulate the best. I hope to be able to help other Universities and Colleges with data and research info from SPICE. It is the hope that with a strong College Chess program, we can help keep many more young players in chess and eventually cross over to adult chess. Thank you UTD, Dr. Redman and Jim Stallings.

Big thanks to Texas Tech for an incredible amount of support!
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