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UTD B and UMBC Tie; UTD Takes Trophy Print E-mail
December 30, 2008
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The UTD "B" team: IM Drasko Boskovic, Francisco Guadalupe, IM Salvijus Bercys, IM Jacek Stopa, IM John Bartholomew.
 Photo Alexey Root

University of Texas at Dallas's "B" team tied for first with University of Baltimore County in the 2008 Pan-American Championships (December 27-30, Dallas, Texas). UTD took the trophy for their stronger tiebreaks. Check final standings.
In addition to the two co-champions, the University of Texas at Brownsville and Stanford University will join the Final Four. 

In the final UMBC vs. UTD B showdown, GM Leonid Kritz won on first board against IM Jacek Stopa:



IM Salvijus Bercys saved the day for UTD on fourth board, defeating WGM Sabina Foisior and winning the top prize for fourth board to boot.



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IM Bercys receiving his fourth board prize from James Stallings

The Final Four of College Chess will be held April 4-5, 2009 at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). UMBC Chess Program Director Alan Sherman warned, "With IM Sasha Kaplan (Israel) joining UMBC in January, UMBC will have an even stronger team for the Final Four."

Also read about UMBC's victory over UTD A and the CLO Pan-AM preview, Making a Team in Miami. Click here for final standings and prize info.
 
Pan-American Photo Gallery by WIM Alexey Root
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The Stanford University team placed fifth, but there were two UTD teams in the top four, so Stanford made it into the Final Four. 


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University of Texas at Brownsville's  team placed third and also qualified for the Final Four




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UTD's "B" team receive their first place trophy.

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IMs Jacek Stopa, Drasko Boskovic, John Bartholomew and Salvijus Bercys

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Under 20 Scholastic champ and scholarship winner Mitchell Powell, with UTD Program Director James Stallings


 
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