BALTIMORE (Map, News) – The director of the chess program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County says his team tied for first at the Pan Am Championships.
Alan Sherman is in Dallas where he says the UMBC team tied the University of Texas at Dallas team in round 6. He says UMBC’s team beat Dallas’ a-team before tying the b-team in the final round of play and in the overall competition.
As a result of the win, Sherman says UMBC automatically earns a berth in the Final Four of College Chess in April.
UT-Dallas, UMBC tie for first in Pan-Am tourney
The Associated Press
Dec. 30, 2008, 5:12PM
DALLAS — The University of Texas at Dallas will be back to defend its title in the Final Four of College Chess.
Texas-Dallas tied the chess team from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Tuesday in the Pan Am Championships.
Stanford and the University of Texas at Brownsville will round out the field in the Final Four, which will be held in April in Dallas.
James Stallings, director of Texas-Dallas’ chess program, said it came down to the very last game, which lasted five hours Tuesday.
Texas-Dallas and UMBC each had four wins and two draws for the final score of 5-1. Brownsville and Stanford each had four wins, one loss and one draw.
Texas-Brownsville will be in the Final Four for the first time in the school’s history.
The six-round Pan Am tournament involving 29 teams from schools such as Harvard, Yale and NYU began Dec. 27 and ended Tuesday afternoon.