The Pan-American Intercollegiate Chess Championship has just finished, and it ended
with a breathtaking tie. This event ran between December 27th and December 30th, the Frick Chemistry Laboratory of Princeton University in New Jersey.
As well as the Princeton team itself, a number of other American university teams attended the event, such as Yale. Yale is a university with a vibrant chess scene, and a well-attended chess club. This year, they put in a great performance at the Pan-American Intercollegiate Chess Championship, though they failed to make the top spot. The final result, indeed, was a tie. In the final round, wherein the championship was to be decided, UT Dallas and Webster University drew 2-2.
America has a grand tradition of intercollegiate competition in sports, and chess is no exception. The Pan-American Chess Championship is organised around a Fix Roster Swiss Tournament. In this setup, players are initially paired with other players of similar ability (and so, for instance, the best player in one team will play against the best player in the opposing team). Winners then play winners and losers play losers until the final, championship, round when players from the two teams who have made their way to the top of the tournament battle it out against each other.
The atmosphere at this event was one of great camaraderie between team members, as well as some serious competitiveness between teams. The Pan-American Intercollegiate Chess Championship is also a FIDE-rated event, and some of the players in attendance this year from both UT Dallas and Webster University significantly boosted their ratings.