Sunday, November 7, 2010

Texas Tech Knight Raiders shine at 2010 SPICE Cup

Texas Tech Knight Raiders shine at 2010 SPICE Cup event
Posted: November 5, 2010 - 11:14pm

Current, past and future members of the Texas Tech Knight Raiders chess team are shining at the 2010 SPICE Cup. After seven rounds, Tech freshman grandmaster Anatoly Bykhovsky is leading the SPICE Cup B group with 5 points. In addition to trying to win the tournament, his goal is to court a 4.0 average this semester.

Tied for second with two rounds to go are Tech economics graduate grandmaster Gergely Antal and Tech graduate student grandmaster Davorin Kuljasevic.

In A group, the current leader after six rounds is grandmaster Georg Meier, the No. 2 overall player in Germany. Meier has a full point lead over the field with four rounds to go. He plans to attend Tech next year. This is equivalent to recruiting a superstar of the caliber of the Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki to the Knight Raiders.

In second place is grandmaster Alex Onischuk, former U.S. No. 1 and U.S. champion, as well as multiple Olympiad medalist. Onischuk is also the co-champion of SPICE Cup 2008.

Tied for third are grandmaster Almasi, Hungary’s top player and 2010 Chess Olympiad Silver medalist, and 16-year-old grandmaster Wesley So, the Philippines’ top player. So is the top talent in Asia one of the best in the world. So has also expressed interest in attending Tech.

The SPICE Cup Chess Festival concludes today at the Matador room in the Student Union Building. Admission is free. Activities will start at 9 a.m. and the closing ceremony will be at 6 pm. This is your final chance to meet and greet some of the world’s biggest chess superstars.

Source: Avalanche Journal
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