A draw with the University of Texas-Brownsville in its sixth and final match at the Pan American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championships earned the University of Maryland, Baltimore County chess team a second-place finish last week.
The University of Texas-Dallas, which defeated UMBC earlier in the week, won the tournament, held in Milwaukee Dec. 27-30.
Texas-Brownsville finished third in the tournament
UMBC was followed by Texas Tech, the UMBC B team, Texas-Dallas B team, University of Toronto, Texas-Brownsville B Team, Stanford and Texas Tech B team.
Twenty-eight teams took part in the competition, which attracts college programs from North, South and Central America, according to a release.
UT-Dallas went 6-for-6 in its team matches en route to the title.
UMBC was the defending champion, having won the 2009 event in South Padre Island, Texas.
UMBC has won six titles and shared three others.
“It came down to the critical match against Dallas,” said Alan Sherman, UMBC chess director in a release. “It just didn’t go our way.”
By finishing in the top four in the competition in Wisconsin, UMBC qualifies for the President’s Cup, scheduled for April 2-3 in Tyson’s Corner, Va.
The Retrievers are defending champs of the President’s Cup, also known as the Final Four of College Chess.
The surprising fifth-place finish of the UMBC B team was led by Sabina Foisor, a former A-team alternate.
Foisor, an international woman grandmaster from Romania, won all five of her games, including a victory over the top player for UT-Dallas.