In 2013, from December 27-30, Texas Tech hosts for the very first time the premier college championship in North America, the Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship. "The Panams" are open to all post-secondary schools in North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
This championship is rich in college tradition. The first PanAms took place in 1946 (but the championship traces its heritage to a U.S. university championship going back even further) and was held biennially until 1962, when the event was made annual and has indeed been held every year since then.
The top four qualifying schools from the PanAms go on to compete in the Final Four of college chess, held in the spring. The winner is considered national champion and takes home the President's Cup. Texas Tech has won this prestigious title twice since our chess program began in 2007.
The event offers champion trophies in many categories, some for the first time. It will be held at the Overton Hotel & Conference Center (See details and special chess rates below.) www.overtonhotel.com