The Texas Tech Chess team will attend the Final Four in New York later this year.

Texas Tech Advances to the Final Four of Chess

The university’s chess team secured a spot at the 2014 Pan-American Intercollegiate Chess Championship.

Ranked No. 3 in the nation, Texas Tech University’s chess team qualified for the Final Four of Chess in New York City recently at the 2014 Pan-American Intercollegiate Chess Championship, hosted at the University of Texas-Brownsville (UT-B).

Texas Tech competed against some of the top intercollegiate chess teams in the nation and had one of four teams (Texas Tech’s A team) go undefeated.

“This year we had tough challenges from Webster University, Duke University, Columbia University and Yale University,” chess program director Al Lawrence said. “But coach Alex Onischuk’s tournament strategy paid off for our teams.”

Webster University took the Pan-American championship with all three of its teams finishing in top spots. Texas Tech’s A team went undefeated and its B squad beat UT-B’s best group, ranked fourth in the nation, helping to take them out of the competition for the Final Four.