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  Grandmaster Julio Sadorra. With consistent achievement and guidance from a knowledgeable staff, the chess team is the most-recognized competitive group on campus.
Chess Team Group Photo

Check out the 2019 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 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
Eyal Grinberg
Eyel Grinberg
Status: Freshman
Home Country: Israel
Fide Rating/Title: 2486/IM
USCF Rating: 2535
Major: Software Engineering
Craig Hilby
Craig Hilby
Status: Sophomore
Home Country: USA
Fide Rating/Title: 2420/IM
USCF Rating: 2500
Major: Computer Science
Zurabi Javakhadze
Zura Javakhadze
Status: Senior
Home Country: Georgia
Fide Rating/Title: 2457/IM
USCF Rating: 2531
Major: Arts and Technology
Angel Arribas Lopez
Angel Arribas Lopez
Status: Senior
Home Country: Spain
Fide Rating/Title: 2505/GM
USCF Rating: 2591
Major: Software Engineering
Eylon Nakar
Eylon Nerkar
Status: Senior
Contact: Eylon Nakar
Home Country: Israel
Fide Rating/Title: 2452/IM
USCF Rating: 2559
Major: Actuarial Science
Gil Popilski
Gil Popilski
Status: Graduate Student
Home Country: Israel
Fide Rating/Title: 2518/GM
USCF Rating: 2601
Major: Computer Science
Razvan Preotu
Razvan Preotu
Status: Junior
Home Country: Canada
Fide Rating/Title: 2501/GM
USCF Rating: 2555
Major: Computer Science
Omer Reshef
Omer Reshed
Status: Sophomore
Contact: Omer Reshef
Home Country: Israel
Fide Rating/Title: 2497/IM
USCF Rating: 2561
Major: Software Engineering
Emil Stefanov
Emil Stefanov
Status: Sophomore
Home Country: Bulgaria
Fide Rating/Title: 2407/IM
Major: Economics
Titas Stremavicius
Titas Stremanricius
Status: Senior
Home Country: Lithuania
Fide Rating/Title: 2420/IM
USCF Rating: 2502
Major: Finance and Economics
Cameron Wheeler
Cameron Wheeler
Status: Sophomore
Home Country: USA
Fide Rating/Title: 2406/IM
USCF Rating: 2503
Major: Economics
Tony Yim
Sungho (Tony) Yim
Status: Junior
Contact: Tony Yim
Home Country: South Korea
Fide Rating/Title: 2254/CM
USCF Rating: 2358
Major: Undecided

Reserve Team Bios

Jack Easton
Jack Easton
Status: Freshman
Contact:  Jack Easton
Home Country: USA
Fide Rating/Title: 2182
USCF Rating: 2328
Major: Actuarial Science
Benjamin Frenkel
Benji Frenkel
Status: Freshman
Home Country: USA
Fide Rating/Title: 2129
USCF Rating: 2246
Major: Computer Science
Patrick Beatrez
Patrick Beatriz
Status: Freshman
Home Country: USA
Fide Rating/Title: 1779
USCF Rating: 2184
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Duy Minh Nguyen
Duy Nguyen
Status: Senior
Home Country: USA
Fide Rating/Title: 1966
USCF Rating: 2092
Major: Biochemistry