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MDC Chess Team is Among Top Four in the Country for Sixth Consecutive Year

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Miami, April 7, 2008 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) acclaimed chess team nabbed third place at the Final Four Chess Tournament, the nation’s top collegiate chess tourney, for the sixth consecutive year on Sunday, Apr. 6. This year’s squad consisted of team captain and Grand Master-elect Renier Gonzalez, Javier Gonzalez, Charles Galofre, and newcomers Ernesto Alvarez and Devlin Sinclair.   

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. The MDC chess team hosted the Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Tournament In 2005 and 2007, and continues to be the only community college team to make it to the finals each year. 

This year’s Final Four results were:  

1) The University of Maryland at Baltimore County, which hosted the tourney

2) The University of Texas at Dallas

3) Miami Dade College

4) New York University  


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

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist

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