UTDallas Team Wins Pan-American Championship
Posted on December 31st, 2007 by admin

The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) Tuesday reclaimed its Number 1 ranking in college chess by winning the Pan American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship, the top tournament of its kind held each year in the Western Hemisphere.

University of Texas Dallas ‘A’ team wins Pan-American Chess Championship
Accepting the first-place trophy are (from left) coach Rade Milovanovic and “A” team players Alejandro Ramirez, Igor Shneider, Davorin Kuljasevic, Magesh Chandran Panchanathan and Salvijus Bercys.

UTD previously had tied for first place in the prestigious tournament twice (in 2000 and 2001), but it never had won the Pan Am outright until Tuesday.

The UTD “A” team did not lose a single match and amassed 5 ½ points in winning the four-day tournament, which was held at the Embassy Suites Hotel near Miami International Airport Saturday through Tuesday (Dec. 27-30). In the process, it defeated two teams from arch-rival and tournament favorite the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) — by scores of 2 ½-1 ½ and 4-0, respectively – as well as teams from academic powerhouse Stanford University and Brooklyn College, which has two grandmasters on its team.

“This is the pinnacle for the UTD chess team,” said Dr. Tim Redman, director of the university’s seven-year-old chess program and professor of literary studies in UTD’s School of Arts and Humanities. “Winning the Pan Am — the oldest tournament of its kind in the world — outright after coming here as underdogs is a tremendous accomplishment for Coach Rade Milovanovic and all of the players. They just outplayed everybody else by working hard and exhibiting great skill and spirit. I am extremely proud of them.”