Special Events

UT Dallas Grandmaster Invitational Underwritten by Turner Construction Company
A Scheveningen System Tournament Sanctioned by the United States Chess Federation

March 12 - 19, 2011
Opening Ceremony
4:30 p.m., Saturday, March 12
Tournament begins immediately afterward

See the tournament results.

See the tournament images.

Hyatt Regency North Dallas/Richardson
601 East Campbell Road, Richardson, Texas

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(See our list of Pairings for detailed information)

Opening Ceremony - Saturday, March 12, 4:30 p.m.

Round 1 - Saturday, March 12, 5 p.m.

Round 2 - Sunday, March 13, 10 a.m.

Round 3 - Sunday, March 13, 5 p.m.

Round 4 - Monday, March 14, 10 a.m.

Round 5 - Monday, March 14, 5 p.m.

Round 6 - Tuesday, March 15, 10 a.m.

Round 7 - Tuesday, March 15, 5 p.m.

Rest Day - Wednesday, March 16

Round 8 - Thursday, March 17, 10 a.m.

Round 9 - Thursday, March 17, 5 p.m.

Round 10 - Friday, March 18, 10 a.m.

Round 11 - Friday, March 18, 5 p.m.

Round 12 - Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m.

Watch Online

The event is free for the public and can be viewed online on the MonRoi website. Sign up in advance for a free MonRoi account to see all the moves.

About Scheveningen System Tournaments

The Scheveningen system of tournament play provides the optimum invitational event for a team. Each player on one team plays each player on the other team. The team with the highest number of games won is the winner.

This system creates title norm opportunities. Our current International Masters (IM) could achieve Grandmaster (GM) norms. The Scheveningen system, named for the Holland town in which it originated nearly a century ago, is rarely seen in the United States. The original idea was that a team of 10 Dutch players could face 10 foreign masters, allowing players to experience strong competition. In recent years, the Scheveningen has been popular in hard-fought matches between Russian and Chinese teams.

With the new UT Dallas Grandmaster Invitational Underwritten by Turner Construction Company leading to this year's Final Four of Chess in Washington, D.C., our team will be poised to compete with the very best college chess teams in the United States for the President's Cup.


UT Dallas Team   Grandmaster Team
1. GM Alejandro Ramirez (2594) Arts and Technology Graduate Student   1. GM Magesh Panchanathan (2542) India
2. IM Marko Zivanic (2497) Computer Science Doctoral Student   2. GM Dejan Bojkov (2523) Bulgaria
3. GM Cristian Chirila (2513) International Political Economy Freshman   3. GM Julio Becerra (2549) USA
4. IM Julio Sadorra (2475) Applied Math Sophomore   4. GM Ray Robson (2522) USA
5. IM Puchen Wang (2464) Business Administration Junior   5. GM Valentin Iotov (2574) Bulgaria
6. IM Salvijus Bercys (2469) Accounting Senior   6. GM Alex Shabalov (2590) USA
Avg. rating 2502   Avg. rating 2550

(See our list of Pairings for detailed information)

About Turner Construction Company

Turner Construction Company serves Texas clients from offices located in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Turner is the leading provider of higher education construction services, having completed Texas facilities valued at more than $500 million in just the last three years. Turner is proud to have worked with the majority of the Tier One research universities across the United States-many for more than 50 years.

Turner specializes in construction management services and is regarded as the industry leader in the implementation of innovative construction management tools including building information modeling (BIM) and LEAN construction techniques. Turner is also the leading builder of green buildings and employs over 1,100 LEED™ Accredited Professionals-significantly more than any other builder.

During 2009, Turner completed more than $400 million in facility construction in Texas and over $8.2 billion of facility construction worldwide. For more information, visit Turner's website at turnerconstruction.com.