|Challenge Accepted: U. T. Dallas to Take On University of Belgrade in Internet Chess Match|
|By Steve McGregor-UTD Press|
|September 5, 2006|
Thousands Worldwide May View Clash Between Two Powerhouses
RICHARDSON, Texas (Sept. 1, 2006) — The challenge came in the form of a letter received this summer at the office of the chess program at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). The chess-savvy
The result will be a transatlantic tilt (the “Big D” versus the “Big B?”) on Oct. 20, pitting 16 of the top players from each school against each other and available for live viewing worldwide over the Internet.
“This promises to be an intriguing matchup with an opponent we have not previously seen,” said James Stallings, director of the UTD chess program. “It ought to be a real test of both team’s abilities, and there will be a lot of prestige on the line.”
According to Stallings, competitive chess for many years was dominated by players from the former Soviet Union, with competitors from the former
“Make no mistake about it – the
Since its founding 10 years ago, the UTD chess program has risen to the top of U.S. college chess world, finishing first or tied for first four times in the Pan American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship, the most prestigious tournament of its kind held in the Western Hemisphere, and twice winning the Final Four of Chess competition, which determines the top collegiate team in the U.S.
World Chess Federation ratings show that the top
Stallings promised a “large, super-team match of sorts,” whose 16 boards will dwarf the four boards that are the norm in Olympic chess competition.
Thousands around the world may watch the match as it unfolds, Stallings believes. The United States Chess Federation, which along with the Internet Chess Club is helping stage the event, will invite its 450 scholastic affiliates – including many schools which sponsor chess clubs and teams – to log on to the Internet to view the event. Other interested schools and organizations are welcome to do the same.
Interest in the match at the
The Oct. 20 match, which will feature 16 individual games played simultaneously, will begin at