Final standings:

1 UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS-A 2535 UTD-A 5.5
2 UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND-BALTIMORE 2494 UMBC-A 4.5
3 UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS-B 2446 UTD-B 4.5
4 NEW YORK UNIVERSITY 2176 NYU 4.5

Full results can be seen here: http://www.bocachess.com/2007PanAm.htm

UT Dallas Keeps Grip on Pan-American Chess Title

Triumph in Fifth-Round Nail-Biter Helps Clinch Win in ‘World Series’ Tournament

Dec. 30, 2007

The UT Dallas “A” team reeled off five consecutive match victories, hesitating only in the final round when it played to a draw, to clinch first place in the 2007 Pan American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship.

The victory in Miami Sunday, after six rounds of play over four days, means UT Dallas will keep the title it won in last year’s competition.

Known as the “World Series of College Chess,” the Pan American championship is the most prestigious tournament of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.

UT Dallas chess coach Rade Milovanovic said the turning point was the fifth-round match between the A teams of UT Dallas and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). The two teams – with two grandmasters each – were the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the tournament.

“The match was even until our board 4, freshman Salvijus Bercys, finally won, and that gave us a victory of 2.5-1.5,” Milovanovic said.

“Sal was winning, but his clock got down to 18 seconds at one point,” said Jim Stallings, director of the UT Dallas chess program. “The entire championship was riding on one last play. You scored and won the game; or you lost everything.”

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