UTD prepares for 2009 Pan-Ams!

Amon Simutowe kibitzing.

GM Amon Simutowe peeking at
NMs Mihail Bantic and Vautvydas Vedrickas.
Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

The University of Texas-Dallas (UTD) is gearing up for the Pan-Am Intercollegiate tournament with tune-up tournaments featuring most of the team members and a few Grandmasters.

UTD has been embroiled in a rivalry with University of Maryland-Baltimore (UMBC) for the past decade, but this year the field will be more crowded. Due to a resurgence of Texas Tech and University of Texas-Brownsville, UTB will need to continue bringing on young talent to keep pace. UTD also has a chess club open to all interested persons and Karina Vazirova serves as the President. She told The Chess Drum that approximately 20 members have signed up.

The invitation began this weekend on the eve of the 46th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination. The Chess Drum’s Daaim Shabazz was on hand to catch the opening ceremonies and the beginning of round one. He was in town for a conference.

Results: https://www.collegechess.org/2009%20UTD/
UTD Site: https://chess.utdallas.edu/

Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.


  1. Met Alexey Root for the first time in 20 years. She doesn’t remember, but I met her in Chicago while she was playing in a tournament at the Chicago Chess Center on North Halsted. Then Alexey Rudolph, she was a rising player and gave me some literature on the Modern Defense with the move order 1.e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 a6!? and then …b5. I started playing it with limited success.

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