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UTRGV Chess Team narrowly misses top spot in state championship held on home turf

The Texas Collegiate Super Finals, held this year Oct. 21-22 on the UTRGV Brownsville Campus, brought in the best in Texas collegiate chess for a head-to-head championship competition.

The Texas Collegiate Super Finals, held this year Oct. 21-22 on the UTRGV Brownsville Campus, brought in the best in Texas collegiate chess for a head-to-head championship competition. UTRGV, Texas Tech University and The University of Texas at Dallas participated, with UT Dallas finishing in the top spot, followed by UTRGV in second and Texas Tech in third. The winner was decided by a tiebreaker after a three-way tie for first place. (UTRGV Photo by Veronica Gaona.)

By Vicky Brito

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – OCT. 23, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Chess Team placed second in the 2017 Texas Collegiate Super Finals held Oct. 21-22, after a three-way tie for first place resulted in a tiebreaker.

The Texas Collegiate Super Finals, held this year on the UTRGV Brownsville Campus, brings in the best in Texas collegiate chess for a head-to-head tournament for the state championship.

UT Dallas was the winner, while Texas Tech University finished third. Last year, UTRGV dominated the tournament, held at UT Dallas, and brought home the championship.

Six teams, two from each university, competed in four rounds. The A Teams from UT Dallas, UTRGV and Texas Tech all resulted in a draw, leaving the deciding standings to the B Teams from each university.

The UTRGV A Team included:

  • Kamil Dragun, grandmaster.
  • Andrey Stukopin, grandmaster.
  • Vladimir Belous, grandmaster.
  • Carlos Hevia, grandmaster.

The UTRGV B Team included:

  • Guillermo Vazquez, international master.
  • Felix Ynojosa, international master.
  • Joshua Ruiz, international master.
  • Yannick Kambrath, FIDE master.

Vazquez, a junior physics and computer science major, said the tiebreaker was inevitable, and the B Team was ready to represent UTRGV.

“We knew it would come down to a tiebreaker,” Vazquez said. “We did our best, but unfortunately, we were defeated.”

Next year’s Texas Collegiate Super Finals will be hosted by Texas Tech in Lubbock.

ABOUT UTRGV

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.


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