Special to the Herald

BROWNSVILLE — The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College chess team has qualified for the President’s Cup, a tournament to be held in April in Washington that represents the final four of college chess.
The team qualified by tying for second place in a tournament this week in Milwaukee and ranking third from tie-breaking points, the university announced.
The Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Championship was held from Monday through Thursday in Milwaukee, with the A team from UTB-TSC tying with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, for second place.
The finish gave UTB-TSC one of four slots for the President’s Cup competition.
The B team from UTB-TSC was one of six teams that initially tied for fourth in Milwaukee, but it ended up in eighth place, losing matches only to the UTB-TSC A team and Stanford University A team.
“I think as a team we were well prepared,” said UTB-TSC’s Timur Gareyev, a grand master in chess. “We had the goal in mind to qualify for the final four and we did that. Now we will identify the goals for final four and pursue those. (That) will be the most important thing in the coming months.”
Gareyev and Max Cornejo, an international master, also received individual honors as top players on the first board and sixth board, respectively.
UTB-TSC Chess Director Russell Harwood said he is proud of the way the teams played.
“I am very pleased with both teams. We did what we came to do and that was to qualify for the final four,” he said. “Our B team did exceptionally well — they also played the top three teams and over all it was very good. This is our third year qualifying for the final four and that’s big.”