UT Dallas Looks to Defend Chess Championship Victory

Fort Worth hosts chess championship

By Justin Hinton
|  Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011  |  Updated 4:52 PM CDT
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College students from around the world gather for the annual Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Team Championship.

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College students from around the world gather for the annual Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Team Championship.

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Some of the strongest chess players in the world gathered in Fort Worth for the annual 2011 Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Team Championship.

The six-round tournament features teams from Canada, North America, and South America, all vying for first place.

Milwaukee hosted last year's tournament, which the University of Texas at Dallas won.

"We had a perfect score, our A-team did. It was six wins, no losses and no draws," said Jim Stallings, chess program director at UT Dallas

The team hopes to defend its perfect record again this year.

The tournament will conclude on Dec. 30.  Until then, the teams will fight to the finish, strategizing until the very last move when they can declare, "Checkmate."

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