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University of Texas at Dallas “A Team” Wins 2007 Pan-American Chess Championships Print E-mail
January 3, 2008
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University of Texas at Dallas “A Team” Wins 2007 Pan-American Chess Championships


(Miami, FL) Instead of relaxing during the holiday season, over 120 of the best collegiate chess players in the Americas battled over six grueling rounds lasting up to five hours each over the weekend of December 27-30, 2007. In the end, the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) “A Team” took first place at the Pan-American Intercollegiate Chess Tournament, which was held at Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida.

UTD's dominating performance--earning 5.5 of a possible 6 match points (1 point per win and ½ point per draw)--included a critical victory in the penultimate round against their perennial rival, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).  With the victory comes a spot in the Final Four of collegiate chess, where they are the defending national champions. Joining UTD in the Final Four this April 5-6, 2008 will be UMBC, New York University and Miami Dade College. 

Participating teams included the University of Toronto, the University of the West Indies in Barbados, Stanford, Yale, Duke, Johns Hopkins, and Northwestern among others. In addition to those qualifying for the Final Four, the following schools can boast winners:

•    DIVISION I CHAMPION (2200 AND ABOVE)           UTD- TEAM A
•    DIVISION II CHAMPION (2000-2199)                    NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
•    DIVISION III CHAMPION (1800-1999)                   NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
•    DIVISION IV CHAMPION (UNDER 1800)                 UTD- TEAM C
•    TOP WOMEN’S TEAM                                             UTD- TEAM C
•    BEST INTERNATIONAL TEAM (IN TIEBREAK ORDER)
    1ST        UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO- TEAM A and
                  UNIVERSITY OF WEST INDIES-CAVE HILL- TEAM A
    3RD        UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO- TEAM B
 
 

See http://www.bocachess.com/2007PanAm.htm for complete team and individual standings. You can also contact event organizers: Rene Garcia, 305-237-3012, rgarcia@mdc.edu and Ana Maria DeMahy, 305-237-8919, ademahy@mdc.edu.

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