Tuesday, October 5, 2010

TTU Freshman Diamant Shines at Chess Olympiad

Texas Tech Freshman Andre Diamant Shines at World Chess Olympiad
Knight Raider earns second-best individual score in the chess world's largest event.
Written by Cory Chandler
October 5, 2010

Texas Tech University freshman Andre Diamant recorded five wins and three draws representing his home country of Brazil in the 2010 Khanty-Mansiysk World Chess Olympiad in West Siberia, Russia.

The 81.3 percent winning percentage was enough to give Diamant, a Texas Tech Knight Raiders chess team member, the second best individual score in the Olympiad. His rating performance of 2644 was the sixth best overall of the event that drew approximately 1,500 players, coaches and captains from 150 countries.

Diamant, a grandmaster, played on the fifth board for Brazil. He qualified for his first Olympiad appearance in 2008 in Dresden, Germany at the age of 17.

Chess is a part of the IOC (International Olympic Committee). There have been various discussions in recent years to include chess as part of the Summer or Winter Olympics. For now the Chess Olympiad enjoys the second position behind the Summer Olympics with approximately 150 countries battling every two years.

• 2008 Summer Olympics (Beijing, China): 204 nations.
• 2008 Chess Olympiad (Dresden, Germany): 152 nations.
• 2006 Winter Olympics (Turin, Italy): 86 nations.

Next Andre and his teammates will represent Texas Tech at the SPICE Cup later in October at the Texas Tech Student Union Building, Texas State Championship in November in Corpus Christi, and the PanAm Intercollegiate Chess Championship in December in Milwaukee, Wisc.

“We are so proud of what Andre achieved on the world stage in Khanty-Mansiysk where tens of millions of chess enthusiasts followed the live action over a two-week period on the internet”, said Susan Polgar, director of the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE) and head coach of the Knight Raiders. “This speaks volumes for the kind of international talent we attract to Texas Tech through SPICE.”

Diamant’s round-by-round results follow (1 = win, ½ = draw):

1 CM Kassis Antoine 2236 Libya 5,0 w 1
2 GM Zhou Jianchao 2660 China 5,5 s ½
3 FM Gameel Mohamed 2216 Yemen 4,5 s 1
4 CM Samhouri Bilal 2269 Jodan 6,0 w ½
6 IM Norri Joose 2330 Finland 2,5 w 1
8 Samakov Nurdin 2356 Kazakhstan 6,5 w 1
10 GM Palac Mladen 2561 Croatia 7,0 s ½
11 IM Sebenik Matej 2516 Slovenia 4,0 w 1

Visit http://ugra-chess.com/boardprizes.php for more information about Diamant’s performance and rakings.

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About SPICE:

The Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE) joined the Division
of Institutional Diversity & Community Engagement in June 2010. SPICE works with Texas Tech students, faculty, LISD, and other communities to enhance chess, education, technology, research, and creative scholarship. College Chess is a critical bridge between Scholastic and Adult Chess. The successful promotion of College Chess to youth helps with the development of critical thinking, team and individual play, and leadership. SPICE not only works with youth across the Lubbock region but extends to many countries through the work of Susan Polgar. During the summer, SPICE held several camps on campus designed to introduce, challenge, and train students on the skills needed for chess and pursuing a higher education.
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