2007 Pan American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship update

December 29th, 2007

Chess is UMBC’s most successful sport and many of the top players on the UMBC chess team have been IT majors. This year our department is represented by computer science senior Katerine Rohonyan, who holds a key seat on the UMBC A team. Two of the other three A team seats are held by Information Systems majors. UMBC CS Professor Alan Sherman sent this update from Miami on the 2007 Pan American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship.

“The Pan-Am Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship is underway at Miami Dade College, with 28 teams from 18 schools. There are six rounds, ending 12-27. In Rd 1, UMBC-A beat Northwestern 4-0. In Rd 2, UMBC-A beat NYU 3-1. This evening, UMBC-A is playing Miami Dade in Rd 3.

From the initial lineups, the five strongest teams are UTD-A, UMBC-A, UTD-B, UT-Brownsville, Miami Dade. Other competitors include Yale, Stanford, U of Toronto, JHU, U of West Indies. After Rd 3, there will be at most four teams with perfect 3-0 scores, possibly UTD-A, UMBC-A, UTD-B, Stanford. It is likely that UMBC-A will play UTD-A tomorrow. With two strong teams, UTD has two chances to beat us.”

You can see the team standings here and the games at monroi.com.

UPDATE 12/29: “UMBC-A just beat UTD-B 3-1 in RD 4, with wins by IS major Bruci Lopez and CS major Katerina Rohanyan, and draws by GMs Sergey Erenburg and Pawel Blehm. We face UTD-A at 5pm today for the championship, though Rd six tomorrow (12-30) still must be played.” — Alan Sherman

UPDATE 12/30: Final Standings: (1) UTD-A 5.5; (2) UMBC-A 4.5; (3) UTD-B 4.5; (4) NYU 4.5.

UPDATE 12/31: Chess team heads to the ‘Final Four’ (Baltimore Sun)