College chess champs uproot, move to Missouri

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 | 8:47 a.m. CDT; updated 9:27 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 3, 2012

COLUMBIA — A college national champion is moving its entire program to another school after two straight Final Fours.

The Texas Tech University chess team has been lured to Webster University near St. Louis with a promise of a more substantial financial investment by the private school.

The Knight Raiders of Lubbock won their second straight President's Cup last weekend. The team defeated chess powerhouses New York University, the University of Maryland Baltimore County and the University of Texas at Dallas in what's known as the Final Four of chess.

Coach Susan Polgar says the program will thrive in St. Louis, the country's center of competitive chess.


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