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Whether chess team members come from Lithuania or Zambia, India or Poland, they are united by the universal language of “checkmate.” The team represents a global community dedicated to chess excellence: Twenty-four Grandmasters (GMs) and International Masters (IMs) have played for UT Dallas since the program’s inception in 1996. Winning outright or tying for first place in 10 Pan American Intercollegiate Championships, the chess team is a considerable force in collegiate play. The UT Dallas Chess Team is coached by Grandmaster Julio Sadorra. With consistent achievement and guidance from a knowledgeable staff, the chess team is the most-recognized competitive group on campus.

“At UT Dallas, chess is more than a game for which we’re known. It’s a conversation starter that welcomes people from the community to our campus and allows for international exchange.”

Chess Team Bios

Carlos Hevia Alejano

Status: Graduate Student

Contact: Carlos Hevia Alejano

Home Country: Cuba

Fide Rating/Title: 2464 GM

USCF Rating: 2560

Major: Computer Science

Joshua Daniel Ruiz Castillo

Status: Graduate Student

Contact: Joshua Daniel Ruiz Castillo

Home Country: Columbia

Fide Rating/Title: 2504 GM

USCF Rating: 2547

Major: Computer Science

Eyal Grinberg

Status: Freshman

Contact: Eyal Grinberg

Home Country: Israel

Fide Rating/Title: 2486/IM

USCF Rating: 2535

Major: Software Engineering

Craig Hilby

Status: Sophomore

Contact: Craig Hilby

Home Country: USA

Fide Rating/Title: 2420/IM

USCF Rating: 2500

Major: Computer Science

Angel Arribas Lopez

Status: Senior

Contact: Angel Arribas Lopez

Home Country: Spain

Fide Rating/Title: 2505/GM

USCF Rating: 2591

Major: Software Engineering

Razvan Preotu

Status: Junior

Contact: Razvan Preotu

Home Country: Canada

Fide Rating/Title: 2501/GM

USCF Rating: 2555

Major: Computer Science

Omer Reshef

Status: Sophomore

Contact: Omer Reshef

Home Country: Israel

Fide Rating/Title: 2497/IM

USCF Rating: 2561

Major: Software Engineering

Emil Stefanov

Status: Sophomore

Contact: Emil Stefanov

Home Country: Bulgaria

Fide Rating/Title: 2407/IM

Major: Economics

Cameron Wheeler

Status: Sophomore

Contact: Cameron Wheeler

Home Country: USA

Fide Rating/Title: 2406/IM

USCF Rating: 2503

Major: Economics

Tony Yim

Status: Junior

Contact: Tony Yim

Home Country: South Korea

Fide Rating/Title: 2254/CM

USCF Rating: 2358

Major: Undecided

Reserve Team Bios

Jack Easton

Status: Freshman

Contact: Jack Easton

Home Country: USA

Fide Rating/Title: 2182

USCF Rating: 2328

Major: Actuarial Science

Benjamin Frenkel

Status: Freshman

Contact: Benjamin Frenkel

Home Country: USA

Fide Rating/Title: 2129

USCF Rating: 2246

Major: Computer Science

Patrick Beatrez

Status: Freshman

Contact: Patrick Beatrez

Home Country: USA

Fide Rating/Title: 1779

USCF Rating: 2184

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Duy Minh Nguyen

Status: Senior

Contact: Duy Minh Nguyen

Home Country: USA

Fide Rating/Title: 1966

USCF Rating: 2092

Major: Biochemistry