UTD aims to win the PanAm
“We expect to be challenged from both our traditional rivals like Texas Tech and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and from Ivy League teams.“ according to Jim Stallings, the chess program director. (Source: UTD)
Lindenwood University, UTB, and Webster University were not even mentioned. According to the statement above, it seems that the program director believes that Lindenwood, UTB, and Webster University – SPICE are simply no match for UTD, Texas Tech, UMBC, or other Ivy League teams on the 64 squares. This will definitely serve as a very strong motivation for our players to let their pieces do the talking on the board.
UTD top 6 players
GM Valentin Yotov – Bulgaria
GM Cristian Chirila – Romania
GM Julio Sadorra – Philippines
GM Conrad Holt – USA
IM Milos Pavlovic – Serbia
IM Salvijus Bercys – USA
UTD will be helped by playing Texas Tech’s coach GM Alex Onischuk
To prepare for the big tournament, UT Dallas players will … face a distinguished visitor, Grandmaster (GM) Alexander Onischuk, the third-highest-ranked grandmaster in the United States.
“Our players need to face a world-caliber opponent like GM Onischuk“ said UTD chess program director.
Webster University top 9 players (A and B team)
1. GM Georg Meier (co-captain) – Germany – Sophomore
2. GM Wesley So – Philippines – Freshman
3. GM Manuel Leon Hoyos – Mexico – Freshman
4. GM Fidel Corrales Jimenez – Cuba – Freshman
5. GM Ray Robson – USA – Freshman
6. GM Anatoly Bykhovksy (co-captain) – Israel – Junior
7. GM Andre Diamant – Brazil – Sophomore
8. GM Denes Boros – Hungary – Sophomore
9 IM Vitaly Neimer – Israel – Sophomore
GM Le Quang Liem of Vietnam will join Webster University in the Fall of 2013.
As the head coach of Webster University – SPICE, the #1 ranked division I chess team in the United States, I can definitely say that we will take every opponent very seriously. There is no free point. Each point must be earned on the board and we will treat every university as rivals. We will give our all in every game.