Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Texas Tech Knight Raiders in the Final Four

GM Davorin “the Goran” Kuljasevic, Croatia (Team Captain)
USCF rating: 2570 / FIDE rating: 2528

- Finance, graduate student

- 5-time Croatian Youth Champion, 2-time PanAm Champion, 2-time US Chess League Champion, 2004 Mitropa Cup Team Champion
, 2011 SPICE Spring Invitational Champion
- Soccer, working out

GM Andre “the Shiny” Diamant, Brazil

USCF rating: 2535 / FIDE rating: 2520

- Economics, freshman

- 8-time Brazilian Junior Champion, PanAm under 12 Champion, 2008 Brazilian National Champion, 2009 Maccabiah Game Champion, 2nd best percentage on board 5 at 2010 Chess Olympiad

- Soccer, ping pong

GM Anatoly “the Rocket” Bykhovsky, Israel

USCF rating: 2631 / FIDE rating: 2517

- Finance, freshman

- 2-time Israeli blitz Champion, 3-time Israeli National Youth Champion, 2010 SPICE Cup “B group” Champion

- Soccer, working out

IM Istvan “Steve the Magnificent” Sipos, Hungary
USCF rating: 2462 / FIDE rating: 2407

- Geography, junior

- 3-time National Team Champion, 2-time National Youth Champion, 2009 Gabcikovo International Open Champion

- Soccer, music, pool

SM Faik “the Gentle Giant” Aleskerov, Azerbaijan
USCF rating: 2441 / FIDE rating: 2322

- International Business, graduate student

- 3-time Azerbaijani Youth Champion, 2-time World Youth Bronze Medalist, 2000 Baku International Open Champion, 2010 SPICE FIDE Open Vice Champion

- Tennis, basketball, soccer

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