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U.S. Chess Federation names UTRGV ‘Chess College of the Year’ for 2018

UTRGV Chess Coach GM Bartek Macieja proudly displays the President’s Cup trophy, awarded to the UTRGV Chess Team as the 2018 National Champions of the Final Four of College Chess competition. The tournament was held March 31-April 1 at the Marshall Chess Club in New York City. (Courtesy Photo)

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 8, 2018 – The University at Texas Rio Grande Valley Chess Team is continuing its 2018 year of victories, this time being recognized by the U.S. Chess Federation as the Chess College of the Year.

“What an incredible honor it is to be named Chess College of the Year by the U.S. Chess Federation,” said Douglas Stoves, UTRGV associate dean for Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Checkmate! UTRGV community celebrates its first national chess championship

Pictured at center UTRGV President Guy Bailey, posing with the UTRGV Chess Team, who won the annual President’s Cup national championship, known as the Final Four of College Chess competition, at the Marshall Chess Club in New York City on April 1. The university celebrated the first ever national championship win for the Chess Team on Friday, April 6, at the Brownsville Campus. The celebration will continue with the Chess Team on the Edinburg Campus at noon on Monday, April 9, at the Visitors Center. (UTRGV Photo by Veronica Gaona)

The UTRGV Chess Team defeats five-time champs Webster in 2018 President’s Cup

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – APRIL 6, 2018 –The UTRGV Chess Team is still riding high from its first national championship win, and to keep the momentum going, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley held a celebration in their honor Friday, April 6.

NEW NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!

UTRGV Chess Coach GM Bartek Macieja proudly displays the President’s Cup trophy, awarded to the UTRGV Chess Team as the 2018 National Champions of the Final Four of College Chess competition. The tournament was held March 31-April 1 at the Marshall Chess Club in New York City. (Courtesy Photo)

The UTRGV Chess Team defeats five-time champs Webster in 2018 President’s Cup

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – APRIL 1, 2018 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Chess Team pulled off a stunning win over five-year reigning national champs Webster University this weekend in the annual President’s Cup, the Final Four of College Chess competition, at the Marshall Chess Club in New York City.

UTRGV beat Webster 7.5 to 7.0 after what FIDE arbiter Mike Hoffpauir called “the strongest Final Four in the history of this tournament.”