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"We are very proud of UMBC's reputation as a chess powerhouse and of the skill and dedication of our chess players and coaches. Their success against world-class competition reflects very positively on the University."

--President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

UMBC's Chess Team Continues Pan-Am Reign

For the third time in four years, UMBC is the top team in college chess, finishing ahead of Stanford, Harvard, Berkeley, the University of Texas at Dallas, and the University of Toronto, to win the 1999 Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship in Toronto, Ontario. UMBC won its first Pan-Am championship title in 1996, placed third in 1997, and regained the championship spot in 1998.

UMBC's winning team included freshman Florin Felecan, Jr.; International Master-elect Eugene Perelshteyn, a sophomore computer science major; William "The Exterminator" Morrison, a graduate student in education; Anton Paolo del Mundo, a freshman engineering major who was last year's top high school player in the Philippines; and alternate Bryan Smith, a sophomore majoring in philosophy.

"Although we were the defending champions, we encountered tough competition from the University of Texas and the University of Toronto," says team advisor Alan Sherman, associate professor of computer science. "Our team stepped up and played extremely well."

Chess players from around the country will converge on UMBC in July, when the University hosts the U.S. Junior Chess Championship and U.S. Junior Open chess tournament. The winner of the Junior Championship will receive a four-year scholarship to UMBC.

The Chess Team is a member of UMBC's Intellectual Sports Council, which also includes the Model United Nations and Quiz Bowl teams and the Debate Society. In November, the UMBC Model U.N. team was one of five teams to receive an overall Outstanding Delegation Award at the American Model United Nations.

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