Thursday, December 9, 2010

2010 Pan American Collegiate Team, Scholastic, Blitz and Open Events!

Flyer containing information for all three events!

2010 Pan American Intercollegiate Team Championships  
Dec. 27-30 or 28-30    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Note: This year's edition includes an Open + rated Scholastic sections (12/28-30) and an unrated Scholastic section (12/29 one day only), see Wisconsin TLA section (USCF website). Blitz tournament on 12/28.

Playing site: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 6401 South 13th St., Milwaukee, WI 53207. 1-414-764-5300. Free shuttle from the airport. Free parking and wireless internet. Mention Special Chess Rate $78 (single or double). Reserve by December 10th or rate may increase.

Intercollegiate Section (12/27-30): 6SS, g/90+30sec/move increment.

Open to College and University teams from North and South America, including the Caribbean (4 player teams, up to 2 alternates). Teams must supply letter from school stating the players meet eligibility requirements.

Prize Fund: Championships are awarded in 4 divisions (based on average rating) and $4,300GG: Division One $1,200-800-600-400, best International team $500; Division two winner $400, Division three and four winners: plaques. $100 + plaques to best scores on each board.

Schedule: late registration and check in 3:00-5:00pm on 12/27; opening ceremony: 5:00pm; NOTE CHANGES in Rds.: 6:00pm on 12/27, 10:30am and 5:00pm on 12/28, 10:30am and 5:00pm on 12/29, 11:00am on 12/30. Closing ceremony at 4:00pm on 12/30.

FIDE and USCF rated; USCF rules used.

EF: $240/team priority registration by December 1st, 2010; $295/team thereafter. Please make checks payable to Wisconsin Chess Academy and send to Alex Betaneli, PO Box 260122, Madison, WI 53726. All entries will be confirmed over email and posted on and INFO: or, 1-608-334-2574.

Boards and sets provided, please bring clocks.
I've been to the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  I can't speak to the room quality because I did not stay in a room,  but the other ameneties that I saw (while playing in the Hales Corners Chess Challenge XIII in September) are very nice, although they could use a larger "general store" --.  The hotel is conveniently located to the airport and expressway, as well as main Milwaukee roadways.  Nice restaurant and the staff was very accomodating to getting us in and out on time to start our afternoon Game 3 at 1:30 p.m. (we started lunch late). 

Wisconsin Chess Academy has a new website and it has little information on it.  I looked in vain tonight  for a list of teams coming to play in the Pan Am Intercollegiate but since Susan Polgar posted she would be in Milwaukee on the dates, I assume Texas Tech's Team will be competing and GM Polgar will be here with her team. 

The last time the Pan American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championships was held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin was 2000. With the Texas Tech Team making tremendous strides in just a few years, since the founding of SPICE (Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence), perhaps this year will be the year UTD will lose it's Pan American crown.

Want a chance to meet GM Susan Polgar?  Come down and check out the action!


Blog Admin said...

Texas Tech will have 3 teams, 13 players which include 3 GMs and 1 IM, 2 coaches, and 1 student advisor. We want to support the organizer.

Best wishes,

Jan said...

That's fantastic news that you and the Texas Teams will be here and that you're supporting a local organizer. I wish I could attend at least part of one day, but this is one of our busiest times of year at the office and the tournament dates (Dec. 27 - 30) fall at an impossible time for me. We work long hours getting last minute transfers and filings done and go pretty much non-stop until April 15 the following. Will email you privately, probably tomorrow.

Good luck and GO TEXAS TECH!

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