The University of the West Indies Mona (right) competing against Texas Tech University (left) at the Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Championships; at the front are Paul Brooks (right) and Grand Master Steingrimsson (left)
The University of the West Indies Mona successfully equaled their previous score of 2.5 points at the recently concluded Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Championships. The tournament took place at Princeton University and featured over twenty-five colleges and universities in the region, including eighteen Grand Masters.
Despite a slow start, the UWI was able to salvage a draw with Lindenwood University in round three. On the third day of action, the UWI defeated both Pennsylvania State University and Arizona State University. The team's score put them at second place for universities outside of the United States, an improvement over last year's third place. They narrowly lost the 'best international team' award to the University of Toronto who finished on 4 points. The University of Technology (UTECH), finished the event with 1 point.
Second year actuarial science student Miguel Asher secured four excellent victories from six games. Overall, he placed an impressive ninth out of 43 players who competed on 'board four'. Other team members included Paul Brooks, Zachary Ramsay and National Master Stuart James.
The trip was made possible by the support of the Office of the Vice Chancellor.