University of Maryland, Baltimore County, the defending champion in the “World Series” of college chess, finished second in the most recent tournament.

UMBC placed second in the Pan American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championships that concluded Dec. 30 in Milwaukee. In its sixth and final match, the team earned a draw against the University of Texas-Brownsville, one of its arch rivals.

However, by finishing in the top four, the Retrievers qualify for another prestigious college chess event, the President’s Cup, held in April in Tyson’s Corner, Va., which is considered the “Final Four” of college chess. The team won that last year, too.

UMBC has won a record nine Pan-Am titles.

The team recruits elite chess players from all over the world. Many of the players attend UMBC on chess scholarships.

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