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U. T. Dallas Takes Second Place
In Fourth Annual 'Final Four' of Chess

Rivalry With UMBC Continues As Two Vie
For Supremacy As College 'King of the Squareboard'

LINDSBORG, Kansas (April 4, 2004) – The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), defeated The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) in the “Final Four” of Chess on Sunday, throwing into question once again which of the two teams stands at the pinnacle of college chess.

In December, UTD appeared to have resolved that issue by winning the Pan American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship, the most prestigious tournament of its kind played each year in the Western Hemisphere. But by defeating UTD and two other teams in this small Central Kansas town over the weekend, UMBC, the runner-up in the Pan Am and a chess powerhouse for many years, demonstrated what in recent years have become the twin verities of college chess:

• The issue of college chess supremacy – which is the best team in the U. S. -- is very much open to debate.

• The UMBC-UTD rivalry is the best (most intense, most evenly matched) in all of intercollegiate competition, including anything found in either football or basketball.

In winning its second Final Four in the four years the tournament has been played, UMBC amassed 11 points in the two-day competition to 7 ½ for UTD, 4 ½ for Miami (Dade) Community College and one for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

UTD also has won the Final Four two times, and UTD and UMBC each have won or tied for first place in the Pan Am three of the past four years. That’s how close what Dr. Tim Redman, director and founder of UTD’s chess program, Sunday called the “seasaw” battle between the two has been.

“Today, the other side of the seesaw – the UMBC side -- went up,” said Redman, professor of literary studies in the university’s School of Arts & Humanities. “There are times when the seesaw is level, and there are times when the UTD side of the seesaw is up such as at the Pan Am several months ago. I congratulate UMBC. At the Final Four, they played better chess than we did. The rivalry continues.”

Until now, the Final Four of Chess has been a “nail biter” every year it has been played. In both 2001 in Dallas and 2002 in Miami, UTD came from behind in dramatic fashion in the final game of the final match to beat UMBC and win the tournament and the President’s Cup. In 2003, also in Miami, the roles were reversed. UMBC trailed that year going into its Sunday match against the two-time winners but played superbly against UTD and dashed the team from Texas’ hopes for a “three-peat.”

This year, however, UMBC developed a lead in Saturday morning’s opening matches and proceeded to steadily widen its margin – right through the finale against UTD on Sunday.

UTD was represented at this year’s Final Four, which was hosted by the Anatoly Karpov School of Chess in Lindsborg and held at a former hotel, Brunswick Plaza, by Grandmaster (GM) Marcin Kaminski of Poland, 26, a senior majoring in computer science and software engineering; International Master (IM) Dmitry Schneider of New York, 18, a freshman business administration major; IM Magesh Chandran Panchanathan of India, 20, a freshman majoring in telecommunications; and IM Amon Simutowe of Zambia, 21, a freshman majoring in economics and finance. FIDE Master (FM) Daniel Fernandez of Florida, 18, a freshman majoring in economics, served as alternate.

The UTD team is coached by IM Rade Milovanovic.

About UTD

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 13,700 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.

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