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Pan-American Intercollegiate Chess Championship

The Pan-American Intercollegiate Championship, organized by US Chess Federation, is the premier event in collegiate chess in Western hemisphere. It dates back to 1946 since when it is held on the annual basis; until 1964 it was a biennial event. Many of the finest academic institutions across the land have vied for the title including Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, Princeton, MIT and Columbia. The event was a US-only until 1969 when Canadian teams were allowed to participate too, from 1972 it has been open to all the universities from North, Central and South America. Still, the event has been overwhelmingly dominated by the US teams; Canadian Universities Toronto and McGill are the only non-US teams to ever win the top trophy.

The event has the atmosphere of a mass chess festival (as much as 123 teams took part in 1975 which is impressive figure even given that majority of competing sides were scholastic teams), with a high school team tournament and an individual Open going on at the same time. In recent years, UMBC and UTD have distinguished themselves as the dominant schools in collegiate chess. With thousands of dollars in chess scholarships annually, they are able to attract some of the strongest players across the globe. Recent winners list includes such big names as GM Onischuk, late GM Wojtkiewicz of Poland, GM Ramirez of Costa Rica, IM Charbonneau of Canada or IM Simutowe of Zambia. The Pan-American University Chess Championship is different event.


no. host city year winners teams players
1. New York, NY United States 1946 City College of New York 13 72
2. New York, NY United States 1948 City College of New York 15 60
3. New York, NY United States 1950 Columbia University 16 72
4. New York, NY United States 1952 Columbia University 12 48
5. New York, NY United States 1954 Fordham University 8 64
6. Philadelphia, PA United States 1956 University of Chicago 14 59
7. Cleveland, OH United States 1958 University of Chicago 10 45
8. Princeton, NJ United States 1960 Columbia University 13 56
9. Philadelphia, PA United States 1962 Brooklyn College 28 129
10. Los Angeles, CA United States 1964 San Jose State University 21 96
11. New York, NY United States 1965 University of Toronto 27 183
12. State College, PA United States 1966 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 27 163
13. Hoboken, NJ United States 1967 University of California, Berkeley 24 166
14. Chicago, IL United States 1968 University of Chicago 49 212
15. Montreal Canada 1969 McGill University 43 208
16. Evanston, IL United States 1970 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 51 219
17. Toronto Canada 1971 Columbia University 55 233
18. Columbus, OH United States 1972 University of Chicago 108 456
19. Atlanta, GA United States 1973 =University of Toronto
=University of Chicago
73 312
20. Louisville, KY United States 1974 University of Toronto 89 380
21. Columbus, OH United States 1975 =University of Nebraska
=Harvard University
123 520
22. New York, NY United States 1976 University of South Florida 108 465
23. St. Louis, MO United States 1977 University of Pennsylvania 67 285
24. Chicago, IL United States 1978 Yale University 85 369
25. Los Angeles, CA United States 1979 University of Florida 42 188
26. Atlanta, GA United States 1980 University of Toronto 52 226
27. New York, NY United States 1981 University of Toronto 71 332
28. Columbus, OH United States 1982 University of Toronto 62 272
29. Worcester, MA United States 1983 Yale University 59 263
30. Kitchener, Ontario Canada 1984 Columbia University 59 263
31. New Brunswick, NJ United States 1985 Rhode Island College 60 274
32. Providence, RI United States 1986 =University of Chicago
=Harvard University
53 227
33. Columbus, OH United States 1987 Yale University 38 162
34. New Brunswick, NJ United States 1988 Harvard University 36 155
35. Salt Lake City, UT United States 1989 =University of California, Berkeley
=Harvard University
19 79
36. Cambridge, MA United States 1990 Harvard University 30 128
37. Chicago, IL United States 1991 University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 33 140
38. Detroit, MI United States 1992 University of Minnesota 33 133
39. Deland, FL United States 1993 Borough of Manhattan Community College 31 128
40. Providence, RI United States 1994 Borough of Manhattan Community College 31 124
41. New York, NY United States 1995 =New York University
=Brooklyn College
36 156
42. Baltimore, MD United States 1996 University of Maryland, Baltimore County 36 151
43. Bowling Green, KY United States 1997 Borough of Manhattan Community College 38 103
44. Dallas, TX United States 1998 University of Maryland, Baltimore County 20 90
45. Toronto Canada 1999 University of Maryland, Baltimore County 31 134
46. Milwaukee, WI United States 2000 =University of Maryland, Baltimore County
=University of Texas at Dallas
21 115
47. Providence, RI United States 2001 =University of Maryland, Baltimore County
=University of Texas at Dallas
115
48. Miami, FL United States 2002 University of Maryland, Baltimore County "B" 30 133
49. Miami, FL United States 2003 University of Texas at Dallas 30 146
50. Wichita, KA United States 2004 University of Texas at Dallas 23 100
51. Miami, FL United States 2005 University of Maryland, Baltimore County 27 120
52. Washington, DC United States 2006 University of Texas at Dallas "B" 24 105
53. Miami, FL United States 2007 University of Texas at Dallas 28 128
54. Dallas, TX United States 2008 =University of Texas at Dallas "B",
=University of Maryland, Baltimore County
29 126
55. South Padre Island, TX United States 2009 University of Maryland, Baltimore County 28 118
56. Milwaukee, WI United States 2010 University of Texas at Dallas 28 117
57. Fort Worth, TX United States 2011 University of Texas at Dallas 28 128
58. Princeton, NJ United States 2012 University of Texas at Dallas 44 194