RICHARDSON , Texas (Dec. 7, 2004) – It’s hard to imagine The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) improving on its performance in last year’s National K-12/Collegiate Chess Championships. But the perennial chess powerhouse plans to try this coming weekend.
Long the nation’s premier tournament for students in kindergarten through 12 th grade, the 2003 competition was opened for the first time to college players. Six players from UTD entered that event and promptly swept the top six individual places and clinched the team title.
The 2004 version of the event, to be held Dec. 10 – 12 at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., will see a larger UTD contingent – eight entrants in all, including last year’s individual co-champion of the collegiate section, Andrei Zaremba, 22, a graduate student in electrical engineering from Michigan. The other 2003 co-champion, Dennis Rylander of Sweden, graduated from UTD and is no longer a member of the team.
The seven other UTD players headed for Orlando include:
- William Aramil , 19, a freshman from Terrell, Texas, majoring in chemistry.
- Curtis Brooks , 18, a freshman from Houston majoring in literary studies.
- Marc Fuhrmann , 19, a junior from Germany majoring in business administration.
- Ryan Milisits , 18, a freshman from Pittsburgh, Pa., majoring in computer science.
- Kalin Nonchev , 25, a senior from Bulgaria majoring in business administration.
- Evan Rosenberg , 21, a senior from New York majoring in social science.
- Christopher Toolin , 18, a freshman from Rhode Island majoring in business administration.
While the collegiate portion of the National Scholastic K-12/Collegiate event – known as the National Grade – is a competition among individuals, the top three scores of players from the same institution serve as a team score as well. A year ago, UTD was the tournament’s top team, followed in order by Ohio State, the State University of New York at Stonybrook, Roane State Community College of Tennessee and Daytona Beach Community College of Florida.
UTD wears the mantle of best college chess team in the land by virtue of its first-place finish in last December’s Pan American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship, the most prestigious tournament of its kind held each year in the Western Hemisphere. Five of the eight UTD competitors in Orlando will also compete in this year’s Pan Am Tournament, to be held Dec. 27-30 in Wichita, Kansas.
The 2004 National Grade, sponsored by the United States Chess Federation, will be conducted at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel and Resort. Last year’s tournament, held in the Chicago area, drew nearly 2,000 participants from across the country.
The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor®, enrolls more than 14,000 students. The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s web site at www.utdallas.edu.