L to R: GM Elshan Moradiabadi, GM Denes Boros, IM-elect Faik Aleskerov, GM Andre Diamant, IM Vitaly Neimer, GM Anatoly Bykhovsky at Dallas Love Airport

The Texas Tech SPICE – Knight Raiders have just captured the 2012 SW Collegiate Championship in Dallas, Texas. Hometown team UT Dallas finished second while UT Brownsville finished third. Texas A&M finished in a distance fourth.

This is a surprise victory for the Knight Raiders as two of the team members (Grandmasters Andre Diamant and Denes Boros) were in emergency care Friday morning shortly before leaving for Dallas. This was not the end of the story. After arriving to the event on Friday evening, another Knight Raider, Grandmaster Elshan Moradiabadi did not feel well.

At Lubbock Airport

In spite of the serious health issue, the team fought very hard for the prestigious title. At the end, they topped all their rivals to earn another major title for the SPICE program.

All members of this team are transferring to Webster University after this semester.

Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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