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SPICE to defend national title at Final Four of chess

Provided by Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University's Knight Raiders will defend their national title March 30-April 1 at the 2012 President's Cup in Washington, D.C. Often known as the Final Four of College Chess, this premier event will determine the country's top intercollegiate team.

Susan Polgar, head coach and director of the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE), said the team has prepared many months for this trip.

"We are looking forward to the difficult challenge from the other three universities," Polgar said. "It will not be easy but we will do our best to make Texas Tech proud."

This is Texas Tech's third consecutive appearance at the President's Cup. Its opponents in this round-robin tournament are the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and New York University. The team that accrues the highest number of points will win the championship.

"We already know who we play," said Paul Truong, director of marketing for SPICE. "The only thing we do not know is who will be black and who will be white."

Knight Raiders participating in the tournament include GM Georg Meier, a freshman finance major from Germany; GM Elshan Mordiabadi, a business graduate student from Iran; GM Anatoly Bykhovsky, a sophomore finance major from Israel; and GM Andre Diamant, a sophomore economics major from Brazil. Also in accompaniment are two alternates: GM Denes Boros, a sophomore psychology major from Hungary; and IM Vitaly Neimer, a freshman finance major from Israel.

The competition is sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton, a leading provider of management and technology consulting services to the US government in defense, intelligence and civil markets.

Because the skills of a great chess player are also among the characteristics for success in business, the Booz Allen Hamilton is offering summer internships to the nation's top players. The positions will be in Cloud Analytics, in the firm's Washington, D.C. area offices.

The Texas Tech Chess program is a unit of the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement.

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