Chess Team Secures Seat in Final Four Tournament
Players Finish 2nd and 4th Out of a Field of 28 at Pan-Am Championship
Jan. 4, 2010
The University of Texas at Dallas chess team closed out 2009 with a pair of top finishes at the Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship, taking second and fourth places among a field of 28.
The second place finish secured the team a berth in the annual President’s Cup competition, also known as the “Final Four of Chess,” scheduled for April 7 - 9 in Brownsville, Texas.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), took first place with a perfect 6-0 record.
“The games played out much like we thought they would,” said Jim Stallings, director of the UT Dallas chess program. “UMBC always provides us with stiff competition, and this time they came out on top.
“Of course, this just makes us more eager for a re-match at the Final Four of Chess in April.”
In addition to the teams placing, freshman Daniel Yeager from Horsham, Pa., won the prize for best Alternate Board. Alternates fill in when other team members need a rest or the coach thinks they will play better against certain other team members.
“Daniel came off the bench and did what needed to be done,” said Coach Rade Milovanovic.
The UT Dallas C team, comprised entirely of women players, finished in 13th place, with three wins and three losses.
The team’s next event is Round 1 of the College Chess League, a 40-team competition played over the Internet from 1 - 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 31. Follow the games at Internet Chess Club.
|Final rankings and scores were as follows. Complete results are available at the tournament Web site.|
|2.||UT Dallas - Team A||4.5|
|3.||Texas Tech University - Team A||4.5|
|4.||UT Dallas - Team B||4.5|
|5.||UT Brownsville - Team A||4|
|7.||UT Brownsville - Team B||4|
|10.||University of Texas at Austin||3.5|
|11.||Yale University - Team A||3.5|
|12.||New York University||3|
|13.||UT Dallas - Team C||3|
|14.||University of Chicago||3|
|15.||Miami Dade College||3|
Freshman Daniel Yeager won a prize for best Alternate Board.