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Texas Tech chess coach to compete for national title

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Updated: 4/11/2013 9:42 am
Chess grandmaster and Texas Tech coach Alex Onischuk will be competing next month to bring a national title back to Lubbock.

If he wins, this won't be his first national championship. Onischuk became a chess grandmaster at the age of 19 and was named the national champion in 2006.

Onischuk says this year he's been prepping physically and mentally for the tournament, which is the largest and most prestigious in the United States.

"I'm trying to prepare some new chess moves...we call them novelties," Onischuk said, "and it's also very important to physically be in shape."

Contrary to popular belief, Onischuk said chess tournaments can be very physically tiring.

"I go swimming and running because it's a long tournament," Onischuk said. "The average chess games takes about four to six hours so it's tough work. I have to be prepared with chess and physically."

The U.S. and Women's Chess Championships will be May 3 - 13. The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis is hosting the tournament for the fifth year in a row.
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