We are a bit behind in our posting of results for chess, but on April 5th and 6th UMBC hosted the 2008 President’s Cup, known as the “Final Four of College Chess.” The tournament featured the top four American chess teams from the 2007 Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship. These teams included University of Texas-Dallas (UTD), UMBC, New York University (NYU) and Miami-Dade College (MDC). UMBC did quite well during the tournament with a second place finish. Players for the tournament included Grand Masters with nicknames like “The Kiev Killer” and “The Polish Magician,” and if that isn’t intimidating I don’t know what is.
The chess team here at UMBC has an amazing history including four Final Four victories (2003-2006) and seven Pan-Am titles (1996, 1998-2002 and 2005). The team also plans to continue there success and they are expecting several new chess scholars next season. For more information about the team please check out the following link: http://www.umbc.edu/studentlife/orgs/chess/