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UTB defeats UW in a friendly international match

On Saturday, April 12th, 2014, a friendly international match took place between The University of Texas at Brownsville (USA) and The University of Warsaw (Poland). UTB players took the match seriously and clearly defeated their Polish colleagues 23.5 - 12.5.

IM Max Cornejo scored 5.5 points out of 6 possible, GM Anton Kovalyov 5.0, GM Holden Hernandez and WGM Katerina Nemcova 3.5, whereas WIM Aura Salazar and Simon Vasquez III 3.0.

The best UW player, IM Arkadiusz Leniart, scored 4.5 points.

The match was summoned, prepared, and supervised by the UTB Coach GM Bartek Macieja with a warm support of UW representatives. IM Arkadiusz Leniart acted as the UW captain.

The match was run smoothly on the Internet Chess Club (ICC) and played in a friendly atmosphere. Thanks to two laptops on both continents and high-class Internet cameras the players could see each other all the time.

"I would like to thank you for bringing the idea of the match. We should definitely play a revenge in the fall." said IM Arkadiusz Leniart.

"That was a great event. We really enjoyed it." said WIM Aura Salazar, UTB Outstanding International Female Student.

"Coach, why don't you organize another match next week?" asked WGM Katerina Nemcova, who is preparing for her first U.S. Women's Championship in May.

Photo gallery (click to enlarge):

Both sides used modern Internet technologies to communicate during the match

The games were played and could be observed on ICC

The key to UTB's victory: deep concentration. Left to right: WGM Katerina Nemcova, IM Max Cornejo, WIM Aura Salazar, GM Holden Hernandez

Not always games were developing as wanted for UTB players. Left to right: WGM Katerina Nemcova, IM Max Cornejo, WIM Aura Salazar, GM Holden Hernandez

Holden Hernandez of UTB (left) lost to WIM Anna Gasik (UW). How could I miss that move!

GM Anton Kovalyov of UTB (right): What a tricky trap I have just set!

UTB winning team:
First row left to right: Simon Vasquez III and IM Max Cornejo
Second row left to right: Jeffrey Serna (reserve), GM Anton Kovalyov, WIM Aura Salazar, WGM Katerina Nemcova, GM Holden Hernandez

Pre-match announcement:

The University of Texas at Brownsville (USA)
The University of Warsaw (Poland)

The University of Texas at Brownsville is currently in the process of merge with the University of Texas Pan American in order to create the biggest university in the south of Texas.
The UTB chess team, trained since December 2012 by a grandmaster Bartek Macieja - former European Champion, is currently during a process of rebuilding in order to become the strongest chess team in Texas.

The University of Warsaw, established in 1816, is the largest university in Poland.
The UW chess team won the national collegiate championship in January 2014.

1. To promote both universities worldwide.
Match will be played in a well known internet chess club visited by tens of thousands chess players every day.
Articles about the match will be posted on many chess websites in many countries. The information can easily reach millions of chess players worldwide.
2. To promote chess at both universities.
3. To allow students of both universities to compete against foreign colleagues and to gain international experience.
4. To begin a cooperation between both universities through chess.
5. To associate chess with modern technologies.

Saturday, April 12th, 2014 at 10 am Central Time Zone
The games will begin about 15 minutes later, after the presentation of both teams via Internet using modern technologies of communication.

The match will be played in the Internet Chess Club , the longest running internet server devoted to the play and discussion of chess.
UTB players will play from the Chess Office, located in the Student Union.
UW players will use a computer room at the physics department.

The current UTB Chess Coach, grandmaster Bartek Macieja, is a master of physics graduated from UW.


1. Anton Kovalyov 2636
2. Holden Hernandez 2530
3. Max Cornejo 2381
4. Katerina Nemcova 2282
5. Aura Salazar 2165
6. Simon Vasquez III 2045
Reserve: Jeffrey Serna 1962

1. Arkadiusz Leniart 2488
2. Marcel Kanarek 2479
3. Piotr Wojciechowski 2296
4. Anna Gasik 2260
5. Michal Goslawski 2156
6. Lukasz Kowalski 2040

There will be 6 rounds.
Every player from UW will play against all 6 players from UTB.
Every player from UTB will play against all 6 players from UW.
Players from the same university will not play against each other.

Each player will have 10 minutes for a game with an additional 5 seconds increment per move.

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