Chess Program

Office of the Executive Vice President

Chess Team

Whether chess team members come from Lithuania or Zambia, India or Poland, they are united by the universal language of “checkmate.” The team represents a global community dedicated to chess excellence: Twenty-four Grandmasters (GMs) and International Masters (IMs) have played for UT Dallas since the program’s inception in 1996. Winning outright or tying for first place in 10 Pan American Intercollegiate Championships, the chess team is a considerable force in collegiate play. The UT Dallas Chess Team is coached by International Master Rade Milovanovic, co-champion of the 2008 U.S. Open Championship. With consistent achievement and guidance from a knowledgeable staff, the chess team is the most-recognized competitive group on campus.
UT Dallas Chess Team

Check out the 2016 chess team video.

 

“At UT Dallas, chess is more than a game for which we’re known. It’s a conversation starter that welcomes people from the community to our campus and allows for international exchange”

Chess Team Player Bios

David Berczes
David Berczes
Status: Graduate Student
Contact: David Berczes
Home Country: Hungary
Fide Rating/Title: 2509 GM
USCF Rating: 2564
Major: Finance
Kacper Drozdowski
Kacper Drozdowski
Status: Graduate Student
Home Country: Poland
Fide Rating/Title: 2480/IM
USCF Rating: 2552
Major: Information Technology and Systems
Craig Hilby
Craig Hilby
Status: Freshman
Home Country: USA
Fide Rating/Title: 2420/IM
USCF Rating: 2500
Major: Computer Science
Zurabi Javakhadze
Zurabi Javakhadze
Status: Senior
Home Country: Georgia
Fide Rating/Title: 2457/IM
USCF Rating: 2531
Major: Arts and Technology
Anton Kovalyov
Anton Kovalyov
Status: Graduate Student
Home Country: Canada
Fide Rating/Title: 2641/GM
USCF Rating: 2680
Major: Computer Science
Angel Arribas Lopez
Angel Arribas Lopez
Status: Junior
Home Country: Spain
Fide Rating/Title: 2505/GM
USCF Rating: 2591
Major: Software Engineering
Eylon Nakar
Eylon Nakar
Status: Junior
Contact: Eylon Nakar
Home Country: Israel
Fide Rating/Title: 2452/IM
USCF Rating: 2559
Major: Actuarial Science
Gil Popilski
Gil Popilski
Status: Senior
Home Country: Israel
Fide Rating/Title: 2518/GM
USCF Rating: 2601
Major: Computer Science
Razvan Preotu
Razvan Preotu
Status: Sophomore
Home Country: Canada
Fide Rating/Title: 2501/GM
USCF Rating: 2555
Major: Computer Science
Dani Raznikov
Dani Raznikov
Status: Senior
Home Country: Israel
Fide Rating/Title: 2497/GM
USCF Rating: 2569
Major: Software Engineering
Omer Reshef
Omer Reshef
Status: Freshman
Contact: Omer Reshef
Home Country: Israel
Fide Rating/Title: 2497/IM
USCF Rating: 2561
Major: Software Engineering
Emil Stefanov
Emil Stefanov
Status: Freshman
Home Country: Bulgaria
Fide Rating/Title: 2407/IM
Major: Economics
Titas Stremavicius
Titas Stremavicius
Status: Junior
Home Country: Lithuania
Fide Rating/Title: 2420/IM
USCF Rating: 2502
Major: Finance and Economics
Cameron Wheeler
Cameron Wheeler
Status: Freshman
Home Country: USA
Fide Rating/Title: 2406/IM
USCF Rating: 2503
Major: Economics
Tony Yim
Tony Yim
Status: Sophomore
Contact: Tony Yim
Home Country: South Korea
Fide Rating/Title: 2254/CM
USCF Rating: 2358
Major: Undecided