Chess Team Gets Solid Workout at Invitational Meet

Dec. 2, 2008

The four visiting grandmasters at the UT Dallas GM Invitational Tournament put up concrete resistance at every turn last week and gave the UT Dallas Chess Team members plenty of practice.

“They proved worthy of their invitations, GM titles and high ratings,” said Jim Stallings, director of the UT Dallas chess program. “We fully expected that, however. In chess, the rating system is statistically very accurate.”

Several UT Dallas team members increased their chess ratings, but none were able to score enough wins to achieve a norm for a new title as the top-seeded visitors prevailed to win in each section.

Visiting grandmasters for the tournament included Babakuli Annakov, a Texan; Julio Becerra from Florida; Sergey Kudrin from Connecticut; and Jessie Kraai from New Mexico.

“It is all right,” said chess coach IM Rade Milovanovic. “Now the team will be ready to defend itself as the current two-time champions of the Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Championship.”

“They can go take their exams knowing that they will be in good shape for the big tournament,” Milovanovic said.


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Tournament Results

 

GRANDMASTER INVITATIONAL
  Player Rating Score
1. GM Julio Becerra 
2644
6.5
2. GM Alejandro Ramirez 
2592
6.0
3. IM Jacek Stopa 
2522
5.0
4. IM Davorin Kuljasevic 
2537
5.0
5. GM Sergey Kudrin 
2592
5.0
6. IM Puchen Wang 
2531
4.5
7. IM Marko Zivanic
2518
4.0
8. IM John Bartholomew 
2510
3.5
9. IM Salvijus Bercys
2502
3.0
10. IM Drasko Boskovic
2502
2.5

 

INTERNATIONAL MASTER INVITATIONAL
  Player Rating Score
1. GM Jesse Kraai 2573 7.0
2. GM Babakuli Annakov  2490 6.0
3. FM Igor Shneider  2426 5.5
4. Chaitanya N. Vaidya  2343 5.5
5. WFM Bayaraa Zorigt  2244 5.0
6. Mihail Bantic 2234 4.5
7. FM Keaton Kiewra  2347 4.5
8. Tautvydas Vedrickas  2289 3.5
9. Nelson Lopez 2214 2.0
10. Francisco Guadalupe  2254 1.5

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