|Pan-Ams Head to Milwaukee, December 27-30|
|By Alex Betaneli|
|December 17, 2010|
The Pan-American Intercollegiate
Championships are traditionally held somewhere warm on December 27-30.
At times, college students can sunbathe or even swim in the ocean. Although
this year's host city Milwaukee, Wisconsin cannot promise any ocean
water or particularly warm sun light (after all, we are in Midwest),
there are plenty of fun activities that the players can look forward
to. Skiing, ice skating, building a snowman and entering a snowball
fight are just a few of the exciting options! We just had 16 inches
of snow in Wisconsin, so chances are the weather will be good during the
The Crowne Plaza hotel offers the most comfortable rooms, top level food choices, and a terrific bar among other things. Not that most college students drink, but perhaps their coaches might want to relax during the games. Twenty seven teams have already entered (see the list below), with over 20 titled players including ten Grandmasters! The rating favorites include three schools from Texas (University of Texas, Brownsville; University of Texas, Dallas, Texas Tech University) and the Univeristy of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). All four teams have an average rating over 2500. Other hopefuls are Standford (2211 average), Miami Dade College (2100 average) and University of Toronto (2100 average). Shall we have problems with power, the teams will be forced to compete outside. In this case, Toronto would become a clear favorite!
Many side events are scheduled to be held during the tournament. Blitz Championship is set for the evening of Tuesday, December 28th. With $1,500 in prizes, many players are expected to play. The Pan American Open section ($2,900 in prizes) already has almost fifty participants signed up, including GM Alex Yermolinksy of South Dakota and several strong masters. Two scholastic sections are also offered.
It is not too late to sign up, just drop an email to the organizer, [email protected]. Please visit the official website http://www.panamerican.
Teams Entered (average ratings are approximate and might change):