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“We are so proud of the achievements of our chess team. Championships year after year demonstrate why we are able to say that at UMBC, success is never final!”
— President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III
UMBC Wins Sixth Chess Championship
January 10, 2003 – UMBC continues to dominate college chess, winning the Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship for the sixth time in seven years. UMBC’s nearly unbroken streak of victories is unmatched by any other school in the tournament's 56-year history.
More than 30 colleges and universities, including MIT, Princeton, Stanford, and the University of Chicago, took part in this year’s tournament, along with UMBC’s archrival, the University of Texas at Dallas. UMBC scored an upset victory when the UMBC “B” team captured first place; UMBC’s “A” team faced Texas in a tiebreaker for second place.
UMBC’s chess team includes Grandmaster Alex Sherzer, the top-ranked player in the United States. A senior from Harford County, Maryland, Sherzer is one of three Grandmasters at UMBC – and one of only 40 in the entire country. William (“The Exterminator”) Morrison, the team’s veteran player and a graduate student at UMBC, has been a member of all six UMBC championship teams.
UMBC’s most recent victory has already generated local and national media attention, with stories in The Miami Herald, The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, USA Today, and ESPN. The chess team is accustomed to being in the spotlight: UMBC’s previous chess championships landed the team on “Good Morning America” and “The Today Show.” Chess Life magazine named UMBC “Chess College of the Year” in 2000, and last year a Baltimore Sun editorial saluted UMBC chess as “Maryland’s No. 1 Team.”