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UTD Student Takes First At Prestigious
RICHARDSON, Texas (June 11, 2003) - Dmitry Schneider, an 18-year-old student at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), won first place at the 2003 Pan-American Junior Chess Championship held earlier this month in Sao Paulo, Brazil. By winning the prestigious international tournament, Schneider earned a gold medal as well as a place in the World Junior Chess Championship, which is scheduled to take place June 21-July 4 in Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan.
A business administration major from New City, N.Y., Schneider just completed his freshman year at UTD and is ranked as an International Master (IM) in chess. With his Pan American win, Schneider received the first of three "norms" he needs to earn the title of Grandmaster — the highest title in chess except for world champion. To get such a norm, a player must play at grandmaster level during an event. There are only 40 grandmasters in the United States.
The playing field at the Pan Am juniors was made up of competitors from nine countries and was divided into two groups of eight players each. Schneider was the winner in the first group with a score of 5½ out of 7 (five wins, one draw, and one loss). Marco Pacheco of Peru finished second in that group with 5 points. IM Pablo Lafuente of Argentina won first in the second group with a score of 5 out of 7. FIDE Master Christian Esplana of Peru finished second in group two with a score of 4½. In the finals, Schneider drew his game with Lafuente and defeated Esplana to win the gold medal with a total score of 7 out of 9. Lafuente finished second and Pacheco finished third.
Schneider is a member of the chess team at UTD, one of the two best collegiate chess teams in the United States. He recently was awarded the Frank P. Samford, Jr. chess fellowship, the most prominent honor of its kind in the United States. Worth approximately $32,000 per year, the award provides the support and resources necessary to enhance chess skills, including a monthly stipend for living expenses, top-level coaching and access to study materials.
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