World class chess in Dallas, November 30

Looking for something to do in Dallas today?

Go see some international, championship chess sponsored by the University of Texas – Dallas’s world-beating chess team.  The UT-Dallas Grand Master Invitational Tournament has round 9 scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m., at the Hilton Garden Inn in Richardson, Texas. These are top-level matches (practice rounds for UT-D’s chess team sometimes affect international rankings), so play should continue for quite a while after the start.

Through the MonRoi site, you can watch the chess matches of the Dallas Tournament live — or at least, animations of the boards showing the moves.  You have to register, but it’s free.

Below the fold, the complete press release with all details, from UT-Dallas.

Chess Team Charges Back into Action

Grandmaster Invitational Has an Expanded Field of 20 Players for Two Sections

Nov. 21, 2008

The annual UT Dallas Grandmaster Invitational tournament gets under way on Wednesday, Nov. 26, with two 10-player sections to give the team’s masters an opportunity to prepare for the upcoming Pan-American Intercollegiate chess tournament.

Those in the top grandmasters (GM) section can also seek to achieve grandmaster norms; three are required for the prestigious and difficult title.

Those in the IM section can compete for norms for the international master title.  This international tournament is rated by the World Chess Federation (FIDE), the organization sanctioned to award these international titles which are recognized throughout the world.

Visiting grandmasters for the tournament include:

  • GM Julio Becerra from Florida.
  • GM Sergey Kudrin from Connecticut.
  • GM Jessie Kraai from New Mexico.
  • GM Babakuli Annakov from Texas.

In addition, UT Dallas’ own GM Alejandro Ramirez, arts and technology senior from Costa Rica, will take part in the invitational.
Chess coach and International Master (IM) Rade Milovanovic predicts that multiple norms will be achieved at his tournament.

“The team is playing at a very high level. They just had a great score against a strong Belgrade team,” he said. “Someone will break through at this tournament.”

Seven UT Dallas students rated as international masters will also be competing in the top section:

  • IM Drasko Boskovic, 25, of Serbia, a senior business administration major.
  • IM Marko Zivanic, 24, of Serbia, a computer science major.
  • IM Davorin Kuljasevic, 22, of Croatia, a senior majoring in business administration.
  • IM John Bartholomew, 22, of the U.S., a senior majoring in business administration.
  • IM Salvijus Bercys, 17, a sophomore majoring in finance.
  • IM Jacek Stopa, 20, of Poland, a junior majoring in international political economy.
  • IM Puchen Wang, 18, of New Zealand, freshman majoring in business administration.

All nine rounds in the round-robin competition will be held in the meeting rooms of the Richardson Hilton Garden Inn, 1001 W. President George Bush Turnpike in Richardson.  The public is invited or can follow the moves online on the Internet Chess Club or Mon Roi Web sites.

A brief opening ceremony is planned for 10:30 a.m., Wed., Nov. 26. Honored guests include Dr. Abby Kratz, associate provost; Steve Mitchell, mayor of Richardson; and John Jacobs, senior vice president for economic development at the Richardson Chamber of Commerce.

The first round will begin at 11 a.m.

Media Contact: Karah Hosek, UT Dallas, 972-883-4329,
or the Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, 972-883-2155,

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