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Haraldur R Karlsson
Feb 20, 2012

Knight Raiders clinch Southwest Collegiate Championship!

Feb 20, 2012 by Haraldur R Karlsson

The following story comes form Paul Truong who accompanied the players to Dallas this weekend:

Knight Raiders win Southwest Collegiate ahead of UTD, UTB, and Texas A&M 

The Texas Tech Knight Raiders have just captured the 2012 Southwest Collegiate Chess Championship in Dallas, Texas. Hometown team and top seed UT Dallas finished second while UT Brownsville finished third. Texas A&M finished in fourth place.

This is an incredible victory for the Knight Raiders as two of the team members (Grandmasters Andre Diamant and Denes Boros) were in emergency care Friday morning shortly before leaving for Dallas. This was not the end of the story. After arriving to the event on Friday evening, another Knight Raider, Grandmaster Elshan Moradiabadi became ill.

In spite of the serious health issue, the team fought very hard for the prestigious title. At the end, they topped all their rivals to earn another major title for Texas Tech.

Team members:

GM Anatoly Bykhovsky
GM Elshan Moradiabadi
GM Andre Diamant
GM Denes Boros
IM-elect Faik Aleskerov
IM Vitaly Neimer

Please congratulate Paul and the players!