Chess Grandmaster Records Back-to-Back Wins
UT Dallas Team Has Several Strong Showings in Second Tournament of Year
Oct. 7, 2011
At the Hilton Hobby Airport Hotel in Houston this past weekend, UT Dallas Grandmaster (GM) Julio Sadorra finished with a 4-1 score as the co-winner in the master class of the U.S. Class Championship.
“Sadorra is playing more solid now, so I have big expectations for him at team tournaments like the Pan-American and the Final Four,” said Rade Milovanovic, the chess team coach.
Sadorra wasn’t the only successful UT Dallas team member at the tournament, however.
Artur Safin and International Master (IM) Milos Pavlovic also had strong showings in the final round.
IM Conrad Holt, a freshman team member, won the blitz (speed chess) tournament with eight straight wins.
“I am very happy with the performance from Conrad Holt, we have great expectations for our International Master from Kansas,” said Jim Stallings, the chess program director.
A total of 243 participants entered the main event, including four GMs, seven IMs, two Women Grandmasters, and four FIDE Masters, making this year’s tournament the largest U.S. Class Championship yet.
Chess Educator Produces New Book
In addition to fielding a competitive chess team, UT Dallas has a longstanding Chess in Education program, led by Dr. Alexey Root, a senior lecturer in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies.
Dr. Alexey Root
Dr. Root has been busy producing her latest book on chess education: The Living Chess Game: Fine Arts Activities for Kids 9-14.
UT Dallas offers college-credit courses in chess and education and is organizing the Second Koltanowski International Conference on Chess and Education on Nov. 18-19.
Root's other books include People, Places, Checkmates: Teaching Social Studies with Chess and Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators .