McDermott Library To Hold ‘ChessFest 2002’
In Honor of UTD's National Chess Champions
(March 5, 2002) — The McDermott Library at The University of
Texas at Dallas (UTD), in conjunction with the UTD Chess Club, will host
the first “ChessFest” on campus March 20-24 in honor of the
university’s national champion chess team.
“We approached Dr. Tim Redman (UTD chess program director) with the
idea of putting together a series of events designed to let more people
on campus and the immediate community learn about the chess program and
meet these extraordinary students,” said Dr. Larry Sall, director of UTD
Libraries. “We look forward to Dr. Redman’s lecture in the library
auditorium, the “Challenge the Champions” simultaneous match in the
library lobby and the related events.”
To augment the ChessFest activities, the McDermott Library has
purchased a large collection of new chess books, and several will be on
view throughout the week in the lobby display case.
ChessFest will begin with a lecture by Redman, a professor of
literary studies in UTD’s School of Arts & Humanities, entitled “Chess at
UTD - What and Why?” from 10-11 a.m., Wednesday, March 20, in the
McDermott Library Auditorium (MC 2.410).
On Friday, March 22, UTD Chess Club members, including grandmaster Yuri
Shulman, will take on all challengers in the McDermott Library lobby. This
is an opportunity for anyone to play against some of the best collegiate
players in the nation. Various UTD chess team members will play up to five
challengers at the same time.
Redman said ChessFest is an excellent opportunity for the UTD
community to show support for the team as it prepares for one of the most
important collegiate tournaments of the year.
“On April 5, the UTD Chess Team will travel to Miami to play in the 2nd
President's Cup - also known as the Final Four of Chess -- against
teams from Harvard, Stanford and the University of Maryland, Baltimore
County,” Redman said. “We won first place last year by a half-point, and
the competition will be tougher this year. Participating in ChessFest
will show student, faculty and staff support for the team.”
In addition to winning the first Final Four of Chess last year in
Dallas, UTD tied for first place in the Pan American Intercollegiate Team
Chess Championship (the most prestigious tournament of its kind held in
the Western Hemisphere) for the second year in a row and was named “Chess
College of the Year” by the U.S. Chess Federation.
ChessFest 2002 Schedule of Events
“Chess at UTD – What and Why,” presented
by Tim Redman, Ph.D.
10-11 a.m. – McDermott Library Auditorium (MC 2.410)
Also a part of the McDermott Library Lecture Series
Human Chess Set
4-5:30 p.m. – Campus mall area (between Student Union and McDermott
Grandmaster and UTD Chess Team Captain Yuri Shulman vs. Opponent TBA
“Challenge the Champions”
2-6 p.m. – McDermott Library Lobby
Members of the UTD’s championship chess team take on all comers in a
simultaneous exhibition. Free and open to the public to come and challenge
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Lunch break from noon to 12:45 p.m.) in McDermott
Library Auditorium (MC 2.410)
Established camp for youngsters, friends and families held for the first
time in the McDermott Library.
1-2:30 p.m. – General lecture open to all UTD students and staff in the
McDermott Library Lobby
Internet Chess Match
2-6 p.m. – Log on to www.uschesslive.org at 2 p.m. to see the UTD
Chess Team play an Internet chess match against another collegiate team.
There will be four games concurrently played by four UTD Chess Team
The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of
Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major
multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor,
enrolls more than 7,000 undergraduate and 5,000 graduate students. The
school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas
state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a
broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. For
additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s web site