UTRGV Brings Home National Chess Title

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It’s the university’s fifth appearance in the Final Four of Collegiate Chess, and second win in UTRGV’s short history, 

Which is why it was named the 2018 Chess College of the Year by the U.S. Chess Federation. 

Because that’s really an amazing accomplishment to be best in the nation and that’s what we are, UTRGV,” said Bartek Macieja, UTRGV Chess Coach, Chess Grandmaster. 

The team participated Dec. 27 through 30 in San Francisco in the Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Championship, which determines the top four highest-ranking universities and advances them to the President’s Cup tournament, also known as the Final Four of College Chess. Which included Webster University, UT Dallas, Harvard and UTRGV. 

In round one on Saturday, UTRGV beat UT Dallas with a score of 3-1.
 
UTRGV took on Harvard University in the next round, which lasted more than two hours. The Vaqueros went on to defeat the Ivy League university after three wins and one draw. 
 
Webster University and UTRGV both finished strong on day one, with UTRGV in the lead going into Sunday’s final round of competition, where the rivals took each head on 
 
Ultimately, UTRGV conquered, winning the final round against Webster, and UTRGV was declared the winner.

Next, the team will defend its state title in the Texas Collegiate Super Finals in the fall, to determine the best Texas team in collegiate chess. 

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