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CONTACT: Cory Chandler

Texas Tech Chess Institute Announces Donation
Pledge will fund scholarships, build public chess tables.

Texas Tech University’s Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence announced a pledge that will fund scholarships for recruiting chess talent and pay to install three public chess tables on campus.

The gift, given by an anonymous donor, will provide $320,000 in scholarships that Knight Raiders team coaches Susan Polgar and Paul Truong can use discretionally to attract chess players to Lubbock.

“The amazing attention SPICE has received from potential students from around the world is testimony to Grandmaster Polgar’s reputation,” said James E. Brink, associate vice provost of the Heritage Consortium for the Natural and Historic Southwest, who coordinates SPICE efforts. “Outstanding chess players are most often outstanding students, and this scholarship support will greatly assist us in recruiting a world-class chess team.”

Additional funds are also provided to support the installation three concrete chess tables between Texas Tech’s Student Union Building and Library in hopes that the public setting will create more exposure and enthusiasm on campus for the game and attract more student players.

Polgar is a winner of four women’s world chess championships and five Olympic gold medals and at the age of 21 was the first woman to earn the Grandmaster Title.

SPICE promotes chess as academic and outreach tool and provides an almost unprecedented forum for academic research on the game.

CONTACT: Hal Karlsson, advisor, Knight Raiders Chess Club; Paul Truong, director of marketing and public relations, SPICE, Texas Tech University, (806) 392-0758 or

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