USCF Home Chess Life Online 2008 January UTD Takes Pan-Ams
|UTD Takes Pan-Ams|
|By Jennifer Shahade|
|December 31, 2007|
University of Texas at Dallas' A team took first place in the
Pan-American Championships (Dec.27-30, Miami) with 5.5/6 match points. UTD's critical battle was in the penultimate round, against University of Baltimore County (UMBC). UMBC came in with a rating average of 2494, behind UTD A (2535) but ahead of UTD B (2446). In round three, UMBC got a boost with a victory over UTD B, but they were unable to get through UTD A, despite a win from UMBC's GM Sergey Erenburg over GM Alejandro Ramirez. Here are the Dallas wins from the UTD-UMBC match, by GM Magesh Panchanathan and UTD freshman IM Salvijus Bercys.
Pan American Intercollegiate Championship
Final Team Standings
1. Universityof Texas at Dallas-A- 5.5/6
2-4. University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of Texas at Dallas B, New York University- 4.5/6
5-9. Miami Dade College, University of Texas at Brownsville, Duke University, Yale University, University of Maryland Baltimore County B-4/6
Check out complete team and individual standings.
After winning, the entire UTD team celebrated at an Argentinian steak restaraunt by the port. According to UTD student John Bartholomew, they had a great meal, with a buffet that included unlimited steak, pork and lamb. John will give more details about the team's victory in a blog coming later this week. Included will be photos by former UTD student, IM Dmitry Schneider.