For the third year in a row, the team defended its state championship title at the annual Georgia College Team Chess Championship held at Emory University. University of Georgia's "A" team and Emory University's "A" team battled to the closest of draws in the final round to share the 2011 Georgia Open College Team Championship, with UGA winning the tie-breaker. Both teams finished with 3.5 points out of 4 possible in the 12-team competition at Emory's Candler Library. The four round event was conducted in 4-board team format at a time control of G/45. Adam Kostrinsky, a freshman from Alpharetta, won the award for top score as he went undefeated in four games.
The news was featured in the Red and Black.
Despite many last minute changes to the lineup, the A team from the University of Georgia Chess Dawgs won every single round and handily took first place at the Georgia Open College Team Chess Championship. The A team won 15 of their 16 individual games to finish first in the 12 team field. In addition to the two UGA teams there were three teams from Georgia Tech, two teams each from Albany State (making their first appearance at this event) and host school Emory University, and one team each from Mercer University (Macon), Macon State, and Gainesville State.
The Chess Dawgs won the Georgia Open College Team Chess Championship on Saturday, February 28th, at Emory University. After four rounds of competition the Chess Dawgs were tied with Georgia Tech, and had tied winning two games each in head to head competition with a G/45 time control. Rather than accepting victory based on having a stronger schedule, the Chess Dawgs sought to prove their dominance by challenging Georgia Tech to a five minute blitz game. After an exciting round the Chess Dawgs were victorious, crushing their rivals on all four boards.
Congratulations to the members of the A-team: Richard Francisco, Will Stewart, Ken Bennett, and Femi Ogunyemi. The Chess Dawgs took two teams, the B-team consisting of David Gorvy, Patrick Graham, Geoff Malcolm, Will Campbell, and Forrest Aguar. In addition to winning as a team, William Stewart and Ken Bennett also won individual awards for being the best players on boards two and three respectively, after winning all their games
The Chess Dawgs held a tournament to benefit Relay for Life in their fight against cancer. All proceeds from the entry fee went to Relay for Life. The prize package was donated by Barbaritos. Congratulations to Josh DuMont, winner of the Spring '08 Tournament.
The Chess Dawgs take second place in the Georgia Collegiate Team Chess Championship, making them one of the top two teams in the state!
The Georgia Chess Association (GCA) held a very successful open college team chess championship with 7 colleges bringing 10 teams to the competition at an outstanding Emory University site. The championship was a 4-round Swiss event at G/45 in 4-board match format.
This year's championship added newcomer Gainesville State to the competition while missing Clemson University from last year. Overall, this year's competition consisted of the following 10 teams: Berry College, Dekalb Tech, Emory University, Gainesville State, Georgia Tech (A, B, C teams), Mercer University (Macon), University of Georgia (A, B teams). In the weeks leading up to this championship several other schools indicated an interest in participating but were unable to follow through for various reasons. Overall, the event continues to grow each year.
The Chess Dawgs Host their own tournament every semester. The Spring '07 Chess Tournament was held in the Tate Gallery on November 4th. Congratulations go out to Richard Francisco, the Chess Dawgs reigning King, and runner-up Travis Clements. The winner and runner-up each received a Chess Dawgs T-shirt.
Emory sponsors the 2007 Georgia Open Collegiate Team Chess Championship. The Chess Dawgs competed against Georgia Tech, Clemson, Berry, Mercer, and Dekalb tech. Both of our teams tied for second with Clemson, with the tie being broken by how well the team did in other rounds. Our A-team won third place and a trophy! Special thanks to everyone who competed.
The Chess Dawgs sponsored their first tournament. Congratulations to Richard Francisco, the first King of the Chess Dawgs, and runner-up Ryan Galbreath.
Interest in the club leads to an increase in meetings to twice a week
The first meetings are held once a week in the Myers Lobby.
Patrick Graham and Yong Soo Kwon found the Chess Dawgs at UGA.