Teammates Tie for 1st in UT Dallas Chess Meet
UT Dallas Chess Team colleagues Alejandro Ramirez and Davorin Kuljasevic tied for first place over the weekend in the university’s Grandmaster Invitational Tournament.
The two finished Friday with identical 7.5-3.5 scores. The victory was especially sweet for Kuljasevic, who achieved his first “norm” for a grandmaster title. Three norms are required to be awarded the grandmaster title.
In addition, 13-year-old chess whiz Ray Robson of Florida made his third international master norm and becomes an IM-elect awaiting to be officially awarded the title from the World Chess Federation.
UT Dallas Chess Program Jim Stallings noted at the closing dinner that 56-year-old Joe Bradford had accomplished the same feat as Robson at last year’s tournament, supporting the program’s motto of “Brain health for all ages.”
Finishing in third place with a 7-4 score was the tournament's number 1 seeded player, grandmaster Zviad Izoria. His U.S. Chess Federation rating of 2,714 made him the highest-rated player ever to participate.
Robson finished in fourth place with a 6-5 record.
The tournament helps the UT Dallas chess team prepare for the upcoming Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Championship and serves as a recruiting tool for UT Dallas.