Chess Warriors Will Fight to Keep Pan-American Title

UT Dallas Entering its First All-Woman Team in Intercollegiate Tournament

Dec. 20, 2007

The UT Dallas team is preparing for battle next week to protect its title in the Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Tournament.

Tournament Schedule
Round
Date
Time
1
Dec. 27
6 p.m.
2
Dec. 28
10 a.m.
3
Dec. 28
5 p.m.
4
Dec. 29
10 a.m.
5
Dec. 29
5 p.m.
6
Dec. 30
9 a.m.

The chess board warriors will travel to Miami, where for the first time the university will enter three teams in the fray. One of those teams will be an all-woman team.

Last year, the UT Dallas “A” and “B” teams took first and second place in the tournament, reclaiming the championship title a year after losing to longtime rival University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

The annual tournament is open to college and university teams from North America, South America and the Caribbean.

“There are new divisional titles up for grabs for the first time this year,” said Jim Stallings, director of the chess program.  “The women’s team will allow UT Dallas to go for more awards this year.”

Coach IM Rade Milovanovic said: “Just like last year, either the A or the B team is good enough to win the title. A left hook or a right jab can knock a fellow out. If you are a heavyweight, it doesn’t matter which punch you throw.”

If recent success is a good indicator, the UT Dallas team is in excellent shape.  
Earlier this month, team members captured first place in the National Scholastic K-12/Collegiate Championships, held Dec. 7-9 in Houston.  UT Dallas’ Chaitanya Vaidya had an individual score of 6-1, the highest of any college competitor in the tournament. 

The team’s overall score of 16.5 outdistanced intrastate rivals Rice University, UT Austin and UT Brownsville as well as such out-of-state hopefuls as Ohio State University.

The team followed up the Houston win with a victory at the UT Dallas Grandmaster Invitational, which concluded last weekend.

Stallings called the Houston tournament and the GM Invitational the final tune-up for team members before the Pan-American Intercollegiate.

“There is always tough competition at this highest level,” he said. “I don’t expect that our rivals have any less desire to beat us. In fact, I expect just the opposite. Staying at the top is as hard or harder than getting to the top.”

Fans can follow the tournament games on the Internet Chess Club web site www.chessclub.com or Mon Roi web site www.monroi.com. Round one begins at 5:00 pm Dallas time on Dec. 27.


Media contact: Jim Stallings, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2898, james.stallings@utdallas.edu

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Team Rosters

Team A

GM Alejandro Ramirez
GM Magesh Panchanathan
IM Davorin Kuljasevic
IM Salvijus Bercys
FM Igor Shneider

 

Team B

IM Drasko Boskovic
IM John Bartholomew
IM Jacek Stopa
NM Keaton Kiewra
NM Mihail Bantic

 

Team C

WFM Lilia Doibani
WFM Karina Vazirova
WFM Bayaraa Zorigt
Daniella Ward

 

KEY:
GM = grandmaster
IM = international master
FM =FIDE master
NM = national master
WFM = woman FIDE master

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