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The UT Dallas Grandmaster Invitational

UT Dallas Grandmaster Invitational will be one of the top GM closed tournaments in the world for the month of March. It will be a Scheveningen clash between the Home team of University of Texas Dallas and a Visiting Grandmasters team.

For UT Dallas on the chess board will play GM Valentin Yotov (Bulgaria, 2560), GM Cristian Chirila (Romania, 2529), GM Julio Catalino C. Sadorra (Philippines, 2509), IM Milos Pavlovic (Serbia, 2491), IM Conrad Holt (USA, 2480).

The Visiting team is composed by GM Giorgi Kacheishvili (Georgia, 2612), GM Ray Robson (USA, 2591), GM Aleksandr Lenderman (USA, 2583), GM Magesh Panchanathan (India, 2573), GM Leon Manuel Hoyos (Mexico, 2569)

UT Dallas Grandmaster Invitational system

The Scheveningen system provides the optimum invitational event for a team. Each player on one team plays each player on the other team. The team with the highest number of games won is the winner. This system creates title norm opportunities. Our current International Masters (IM) could achieve Grandmaster (GM) norms. Three norms are required to receive the title of Grandmaster.

In recent years, the Scheveningen has been popular in hard-fought matches between Russian and Chinese teams. The system was first used in a tournament in Scheveningen, Holland in 1923. The original idea was that a team of 10 Dutch players could face 10 foreign masters, allowing players to experience strong competition. In keeping with this style, a team of five strong GMs has been invited to Dallas.

The Scheveningen system is rarely seen in the United States. In this tournament’s format, the five UT Dallas team members will face the visiting five GMs twice, for a total of 10 rounds. Every member of the home team will face 10 consecutive rounds of games against strong competition.


Saturday, March 10 Opening Ceremony 4:30 p.m.
Round 1 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 11 Round 2 10 a.m.
Round 3 5 p.m.
Monday, March 12 Round 4 10 a.m.
Round 5 5 p.m.
Tuesday, March 13 Rest Day and Blitz Tournament
Wednesday, March 14 Round 6 10 a.m.
Round 7 5 p.m.
Thursday, March 15 Round 8 10 a.m.
Round 9 5 p.m.
Friday, March 16 Round 10 10 a.m.

Studying and preparing are essential for members of a chess team. Nevertheless, there is no substitute for the training provided by playing actual high level tournament games. The UT Dallas Chess Team did this last fall with a tournament prior to playing in—and winning—the Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship. Now with the UT Dallas Grandmaster Invitational Underwritten by Turner Construction Company in the spring semester leading to this year’s

Final Four of Chess in Washington, D.C., the team will again be poised to compete with the very best college chess teams in the United States for the President’s Cup. Free to the public, live master commentary will be offered during every round of the tournament at the Hyatt Regency, Richardson. Commentators for round one will be FM John Jacobs and Rodney Thomas; for last round, GM Alejandro Ramirez. All other rounds will feature commentary from IM Rade Milovanovic.

Watch the matches live daily at

About UT Dallas

UT Dallas comprises seven schools, offers 130 degree programs, and features a student population as diverse as its areas of study. With a current enrollment of about 19,000 students and a world-class faculty that includes one Nobel laureate, members of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering and active, news-making researchers, UT Dallas aims to provide Texas and the nation with the benefits of educational and research programs of the highest quality.

The University of Texas at Dallas takes chess seriously. The UT Dallas Chess Team has won national and international titles and regularly represents the University in the Pan-American Intercollegiate Championship, the National Collegiate Chess League team championship and the Final Four of Chess. The
team competes internationally in annual Internet matches with the University of Belgrade, and has traveled to Beijing and to Havana for exhibition matches.

Chess also is a part of recreation and education at the University. The UT Dallas Chess Program offers an open-access chess club and chess in education initiatives, including online instruction for academic credit and summer camps. Learn more at

About Turner Construction Company

Turner Construction Company, sponsors of the UT Dallas Invitational, serves Texas clients from offices located in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Turner is the leading provider of higher education construction services, having completed Texas facilities valued at more than $500 million in just the last three years. Turner is proud to have worked with the majority of the Tier One research universities across the United States—many for
more than 50 years.

Turner specializes in construction management services and is regarded as the industry leader in the implementation of innovative construction management tools including building information modeling (BIM) and LEAN construction techniques. Turner is also the leading builder of green buildings and employs over 1,100 LEED™ Accredited Professionals—significantly more than any other builder. During 2009, Turner completed more than $400 million in facility construction in Texas and over $8.2 billion of facility construction worldwide. For more information, visit Turner’s website at

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