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MDC Chess Team to Compete in Important Pan Am Tourney, the Road to the National Championship

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Miami, December 18, 2009 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) celebrated Chess Team is headed once again for the Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Tournament to be held at the University of Texas in Brownsville from Dec. 27 – 30. The country’s top four college chess teams will then be selected to compete in the coveted Final Four Chess Tournament, the nation’s top collegiate chess tourney.    

The MDC Chess Team has made it to the Final Four six times, battling chess powerhouses, such as the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of Maryland at Baltimore County and Stanford University, and Harvard University, among others.

This year, the team will be accompanied by former team captain and Grand Master Renier Gonzalez. The players include Dario Cruz, Charles Galofre, Karel Gonzalez, Gilberto Luna, and Maydelis Quesada.   

Since its inception in 2002, the MDC Chess Team has enjoyed a rags-to-riches story. In 2004, the U.S. Chess Federation dubbed MDC the Chess College of the Year, an honor MDC received among 120 schools jockeying for the distinction. In December of 2005 and 2007, MDC hosted the Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Tournament.

For more information about the MDC chess team, please contact Rene Garcia, MDC chess team advisor, at 305-237-3012.



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Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
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