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Knight Raiders

General Information

The Knight Raiders are the Texas Tech University chess club.  They also serve the Health Sciences Center (HSC).  Voting members and officers are registered TTU and HSC students (undergraduate or graduate).  However, faculty, staff and community members may join as affiliate members.


The Knight Raiders were founded in fall 2003 by a group of students and and faculty members Drs. Hal Karlsson and  Eduardo Cabrera.  The name, coined by Dr. Karlsson, comes from the chess piece (no relation to former Tech basketball coach Bobby Knight) and from the Raiders part of the "Red Raiders".  The club logo was designed by John Houser, an undergraduate architecture student.  It is based on Tech's Masked Rider.  The club motto "Check'em Tech" was suggested to the club by the now defunct campus satirical publication Perversity Daily in 2004.   It is a spoof on the famous football slogan "Wreck'em Tech".

Meeting times and places

For meeting times, places and club dues please send an e-mail to

In order to join the club please visit us via to join us on our Orgsync site. If you are a TTU/HSC student, staff or faculty then request to join orgsync via your "Campus ID".  Others can request to join by using "Bypass" option for the same link.  However, in order to use the "Bypass" option they must first set up an orgsync account (free) by registering on  All memberships are subject to approval by an administrator.