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UWI repeat at PanAm Champs

Published:Wednesday | January 2, 2013
The University of the West Indies Mona (right) competing against Texas Tech University (left) at the Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Championships. Paul Brooks (right) challenges Grand Master Steingrimsson in the foreground. - Contributed

 The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, equalled their previous score of 2.5 points at the recently-concluded Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Championships, which took place at Princeton University and featured over 25 colleges and universities in the region, including 18 Grand Masters.

Despite a slow start, UWI were able to salvage a draw with Lindenwood University in round three. On the third day of action, UWI defeated both Pennsylvania State University and Arizona State University.

The team's score put them at second place for universities outside of the United States, an improvement over last year's third place.

They narrowly lost the 'best international team' award to the University of Toronto, which finished on four points. The University of Technology (UTech) finished the event with one point.

Second year actuarial science student, Miguel Asher, secured four victories from six games. Overall, he placed ninth out of 43 players who competed on 'board four'. The other team members were Paul Brooks, Zachary Ramsay and National Master Stuart James.

The trip was made possible by the support of the Office of the Vice Chancellor.