University of Maryland Balitmore County Wins Pan-Ams!
December 30, 2009
GM Leonid Kritz, Photo Chris Bird 2008
The University of Maryland Baltimore County won clear first at the Pan-American Championships in South Padre Island, Texas (December 27-30). The team earned a perfect 6-0 score, dominating what was expected to be a tight competition. They defeated the only other teams with an average over 2500, University of Texas at Dallas and University of Texas at Brownsville. Last year they tied for first with University of Texas at Dallas's "B" team, but lost out on tiebreak.  Members of the winning squad were GMs Leonid Kritz and Sergey Erenburg, IM Giorgi Magevelashvili, IM Sasha Kaplan and WGM Sabina-Francesca Foisor. Two key wins for the UMBC squad were Kritz's battle against Gareev of UTB and Erenburg's win over Ludwig of UTD. 



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Tied for 2nd-4th were University of Texas at Dallas's A and B teams and Texas Tech University, with 4.5/6 each.

Browse team and individual standings on the tournament website. Look for more details on CLO, including photographs from Luciana Morales. Morales also wrote the CLO Preview and will write the Chess Life Magazine story.