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UMBC is a mid-sized, public research university offering bachelor�s, master�s and doctoral degrees. UMBC combines the emphasis on teaching found at the best liberal arts colleges with the innovation of a research university, offering nationally recognized programs in the arts, sciences, engineering, technology, policy and the humanities.


UMBC competes in major intercollegiate chess tournaments including the Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship (held December 27-30) and the President�s Cup (held in early April). UMBC has won (or tied for first place) a record nine times at the Pan-Am and a record six times at the President�s Cup. UMBC hosts two open tournaments each year: the UMBC Championship in September, and the UMBC Open in February or March. Team and Club members engage in community service through chess.

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