Al Lawrence and Alex Onischuk

Chess Program Makes History with National Awards

Red Raiders named Chess College of the Year and their coach named Grandmaster of the Year.

Texas Tech University made history by being named Chess College of the Year by The United States Chess Federation, along with the program’s head coach Alex Onischuk being named Grandmaster of the Year.

“No college program has ever in history won both of these awards in the same year,” Texas Tech’s Chess Program Director Al Lawrence said. “Being chosen as Chess College of the Year by The United States Chess Federation is a wonderful recognition of Texas Tech’s achievements.”

Texas Tech’s nationally recognized chess program was nominated for the award due to its skillful players and its outreach in the Lubbock and campus communities.

“Outreach for the chess program and the Knight Raiders, Texas Tech’s chess club, is our number one priority. We’re committed to sharing the many benefits of chess—and the fun,” Lawrence said. “The Lubbock community and Texas Tech students have a rare resource: some of the top chess players in the world.”

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