Chess has been an important part of our
University as has acted as a metaphor of the vast human potential that
our region holds. Coming from humble beginnings, the UTB Chess Team
has developed into a force to be reckoned with in the world of
The UTB/TSC Chess Team competes at the highest level at state,
national and international tournaments, under the leadership of program
director Russell Harwood and coached by International Grandmaster Bartek
The Chess Team is given the highest-quality training. In addition,
the students’ academic performance is monitored, and they are provided
support and assistance, as needed. Students are recruited to the team
also organize tournaments, hold chess camps, train area coaches, and
make travel arrangements for out-of-town events.
The Chess Office also organizes and presents community outreach chess
classes for parents and students on a regular basis, provides chess
instruction to UTB faculty and staff, provides chess training for
student teachers and conducts visits to area schools.
Chess instruction is provided to students at the Brownsville Early College High School.
For more information, visit the Chess Team office at the Student
Union 2.28, call 956-882-5761, or e-mail Russell Harwood, program
director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.