Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Ribbon Cutting SPICE event at LBB

DATE: Oct. 20, 2008

WHAT: Ribbon cutting of new giant chess sets and terminal displays

WHEN: 2 p.m. Monday (Oct. 20)

WHERE: Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport

In the past year, Lubbock and Texas Tech have embraced chess like perhaps no other community in the U.S.

The Texas Tech University Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE), Lubbock Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony today to introduce two new giant chess sets and displays that will show visitors why Lubbock has the best “Knight” life in America.

Two large-scale chess sets – one each for the east and west wings of the terminal – will provide entertainment for travelers while a plaque, posters and other information will discuss SPICE. Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport is the first airport to embrace chess at such level and SPICE is the first chess institute of its kind in the world.

Lubbock and Texas Tech were named co-city and co-university of the year, respectively, by the U.S. Chess Federation.

Earlier, Texas Tech University and SPICE organized and hosted the prestigious 2nd annual SPICE Cup, a FIDE category 15 event, the highest rated 10-player International round robin tournament in U.S. history.
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