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

Holden Hernandez Carmenate
Holden Hernandez Carmenate

Status: Graduate Student

Contact: Holden Carmenate

Home Country: Cuba

Fide Rating/Title: 2507/GM

USCF Rating: 2591

Major: Computer Science

Kacper Drozdowski
Kacper Drozdowski

Status: Senior

Contact: Kacper Drozdowski

Home Country: Poland

Fide Rating/Title: 2480/IM

USCF Rating: 2552

Major: Information Technology and Systems

Zurabi Javakhadze
Zurabi Javakhadze

Status: Junior

Contact: Zurabi Javakhadze

Home Country: Georgia

Fide Rating/Title: 2457/IM

USCF Rating: 2531

Major: Arts and Technology

Denis Kadric
Denis Kadric

Status: Senior

Contact: Denis Kadric

Home Country: Bosnia Herzegovina

Fide Rating/Title: 2515/GM

USCF Rating: 2584

Major: Finance

Anton Kovalyov
Anton Kovalyov

Status: Graduate Student

Contact: Anton Kovalyov

Home Country: Canada

Fide Rating/Title: 2641/GM

USCF Rating: 2680

Major: Computer Science

Angel Arribas Lopez
Angel Arribas Lopez

Status: Sophomore

Contact: Angel Arribas Lopez

Home Country: Spain

Fide Rating/Title: 2505/GM

USCF Rating: 2591

Major: Software Engineering

Eylon Nakar
Eylon Nakar

Status: Sophomore

Contact: Eylon Nakar

Home Country: Israel

Fide Rating/Title: 2452/IM

USCF Rating: 2559

Major: Actuarial Science

Alekhya Nandula
Alekhya Nandula

Status: Senior

Contact: Alekhya Nandula

Home Country: California

Fide Rating/Title: 1671

USCF Rating: 1811

Major: Computer Science

Gil Popilski
Gil Popilski

Status: Junior

Contact: Gil Popilski

Home Country: Israel

Fide Rating/Title: 2518/GM

USCF Rating: 2601

Major: Computer Science

Razvan Preotu
Razvan Preotu

Status: Freshman

Contact: Razvan Preotu

Home Country: Canada

Fide Rating/Title: 2501/GM

USCF Rating: 2555

Major: Computer Science

Prasanna Rao
Prasanna Rao

Status: Graduate Student

Contact: Prasanna Rao

Home Country: India

Fide Rating/Title: 2455/IM

USCF Rating: 2552

Major: Info Technology and MGT

Dani Raznikov
Dani Raznikov

Status: Junior

Contact: Dani Raznikov

Home Country: Israel

Fide Rating/Title: 2497/GM

USCF Rating: 2569

Major: Software Engineering

Titas Stremavicius
Titas Stremavicius

Status: Sophomore

Contact: Titas Stremavicius

Home Country: Lithuania

Fide Rating/Title: 2420/IM

USCF Rating: 2502

Major: Finance and Economics

Tony Yim
Tony Yim

Status: Freshman

Contact: Tony Yim

Home Country: Arizona

Fide Rating/Title: 2135/IM

USCF Rating: 2358

Major: Undecided