The University of Maryland, Baltimore County's chess team defeated Miami Dade College in the first round of the Final Four Collegiate Championships in Dallas yesterday -- scoring two wins, one draw and one loss.
UMBC was scheduled to face Duke University late last night and will play its main rival, the University of Texas at Dallas, today. Last year, UMBC won the Dallas event, known as the President's Cup, for the fourth year in a row.
Sergey Erenburg, a grandmaster who was recently recruited by the school, played a draw against Miami Dade's captain, Renier Gonzalez.
"I know the Miami Dade guy, and he always plays very, very cautiously, trying to draw the grandmasters," said Alan Sherman, the team's director. "I'm not all that surprised about the outcome."
In December, the team placed third at the Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship, earning the right to play at this weekend's championship.