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UTB chess teams stumble at PAICC in Matchup of unbeatens

MILWAUKEE, WI, December 29, 2010

The top four teams after three rounds in the 2010 Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Championships -- including both UTB teams -- met Wednesday morning and afternoon.

UTB "A" team lost a close match to The University of Texas at Dallas, 2.5-1.5. The "B" team lost to University of Maryland, Baltimore County "A" Team, 4-0.

After three rounds, there was a four-way tie for first place with 3-0 records. Both UTB teams, The University of Texas at Dallas, and The University of Maryland, Baltimore County were all tied at the halfway point of the tournament.

The tournament began Monday. Each team will play six rounds, with the final round scheduled at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 30.

The results for Round 4 were:

UTB  "A" team (2612 average rating) lost to University of Texas at Dallas "A" (2552), 2.5-1.5.
#1 Board: GM Timur Gareyev vs. Alejandro Ramirez, draw
#2 Board: GM Axel Bachmann vs. Salvijus Bercys, draw
#3 Board: GM Mauricio Flores lost to Puchen Wang
#4 Board: IM Max Cornejo vs. Julio C. Sadorra, draw

UTB "B" team (2247) lost to University of Maryland, Baltimore County "A" (2585), 4.0-0.0
#1 Board: IM Alfonso Almeida lost to Leonid Kritz
#2 Board: WGM-Elect Nadya Ortiz lost to Sergey Erenburg
#3 Board: WIM Luciana Morales lost to Gi Margvelashvili
#4 Board: Arturo Gracia Jr. lost to Sasha Kaplan

Pairings for Round 5 will be announced Wednesday afternoon, just prior to the start of play at 5 p.m.

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