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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

David Brodsky

Status: Freshman

Contact: David Brodsky

Home Country: USA

Fide Rating/Title: 2455 IM

USCF Rating: 2564

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: Sophomore

Contact: Eyal Grinberg

Home Country: Israel

Fide Rating/Title: 2486/IM

USCF Rating: 2535

Major: Software Engineering

Craig Hilby

Status: Junior

Contact: Craig Hilby

Home Country: USA

Fide Rating/Title: 2420/IM

USCF Rating: 2500

Major: Computer Science

Angel Arribas Lopez

Status: Graduate Student

Contact: Angel Arribas Lopez

Home Country: Spain

Fide Rating/Title: 2505/GM

USCF Rating: 2591

Major: Science in Cyber Security, Technology and Policy

Razvan Preotu

Status: Senior

Contact: Razvan Preotu

Home Country: Canada

Fide Rating/Title: 2501/GM

USCF Rating: 2555

Major: Computer Science

Brian Escalante Ramirez

Status: Sophomore

Contact: Brian Escalante Ramirez

Home Country: Peru

Fide Rating/Title: 2456 IM

USCF Rating: 2544

Major: Psychology

Omer Reshef

Status: Junior

Contact: Omer Reshef

Home Country: Israel

Fide Rating/Title: 2497/IM

USCF Rating: 2561

Major: Software Engineering

Emil Stefanov

Status: Junior

Contact: Emil Stefanov

Home Country: Bulgaria

Fide Rating/Title: 2407/IM

Major: Economics

Guillermo Vazquez

Status: Graduate Student

Contact: Guillermo Vazquez

Home Country: Paraguay

Fide Rating/Title: 2527 IM

USCF Rating: 2573

Major: Computer Science

Cameron Wheeler

Status: Junior

Contact: Cameron Wheeler

Home Country: USA

Fide Rating/Title: 2406/IM

USCF Rating: 2503

Major: Economics

Tony Yim

Status: Senior

Contact: Tony Yim

Home Country: South Korea

Fide Rating/Title: 2254/CM

USCF Rating: 2358

Major: Undecided

Reserve Team Bios

Jack Easton

Status: Sophomore

Contact: Jack Easton

Home Country: USA

Fide Rating/Title: 2182

USCF Rating: 2328

Major: Actuarial Science

Segev Eliezer

Status: Freshman

Contact: Segev Eliezer

Home Country: USA

Fide Rating/Title: 2004

USCF Rating: 2180

Major: Electrical Engineering

Benjamin Frenkel

Status: Sophomore

Contact: Benjamin Frenkel

Home Country: USA

Fide Rating/Title: 2129

USCF Rating: 2246

Major: Computer Science

Patrick Beatrez

Status: Sophomore

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

Aadarsh Srivatsav

Status: Freshman

Contact: Aadarsh Srivatsav

Home Country: USA

Fide Rating/Title: 1619

USCF Rating: 1972

Major: Chemistry