>>NATO teams, attention!>>I declare the 29th NATO Chess Championship, Lubbock, 2018 is open. Good luck.>>David Hater, U.S. Chess Federation: It’s a special tournament in the way that no other is.>>Danielle Singleton, Event Organizer: It was about a year worth of planning.>>Chase Watters, Participant: There’s a lot of strong players, a lot of Masters from different countries.>>Michael Hoffpauir, U.S. Chess Federation: It’s not only a great chess event but it’s also, you know, a gathering of brothers and sisters-in-arms.>>Ekaterini Pavlidou, Participant: I am the only woman that I participate here.>>Carl Portman, Participant: It’s the universal language, whether you’re from Slovakia, Denmark, UK, you talk the same language on the board.>>David Hater: Chess is why we’re here this week but in our day jobs, ensuring world peace is really what we do. Every player in this tournament is a military member.>>Carl Portman: This is creativity. At the start, it’s a blank canvas and you can weave whatever web you want.>>Ekaterini Pavlidou: You put your mind every time to work. It’s completely different if we compare with other athletics.>>Danielle Singleton: Ten different countries participating, all speak different languages, all have a different story to tell.>>Carl Portman: It’s pretty tough. When you look around the boards, everyone’s like 2,000-plus so it’s hard. But that’s the challenge, you know. You have to up your game.>>Michael Hoffpauir: I think there’s a lot of commonalities between what they do professionally and what they do on a chess board.>>Ekaterini Pavlidou: This year is very difficult.>>David Hater: The level of competition is actually quite high.>>Chase Watters: Man, it’s been a crazy tournament.>>Carl Portman: That is the beauty of chess.