Finding time to relax key to victory in chess PDF Print E-mail
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By Daniel Perry, Special to the Herald

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Zachary Sundt can typically be found reading a few pages of a book before he begins playing a competitive chess match.

"I use that time to take my mind off what will happen," said Sundt, a member of The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College Chess Team. "It’s kind of a little break time."

The schedule for the 2009 Pan-Am Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship, at the Sheraton South Padre Island Beach Hotel and Condominiums, has competitors from more than 20 collegiate teams from North America and the Caribbean. The championship ends today.

Some matches during the four-day tournament lasted at least four hours, making for mid-afternoon lunches and late evenings for some players.

"Just going out to eat is fun enough," said David Lee Valdez II, a sophomore member of the UTB-TSC Chess Team from Brownsville.

Valdez said he and other players go over their games, see their mistakes and what moves could have been made after each round.

Players also do some research after each round. While teams find out who they will play an hour after each round is completed, individual players might not know who they will face off with until chess coaches turn in rosters an hour before rounds begin.

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El Centro chess club prepares for tough competition at South Padre tournament PDF Print E-mail
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Felipe Jesse Cruz doesn't lose many matches. So when a 19-year-old opponent steals Cruz's queen in 15 minutes, chess coach Darrell Cook takes notice.

Confident. Cunning. Calm. The virtues of a budding chess master.

The mysterious teen who slips into the El Centro chess club meeting is one of the best Cook has ever seen. He's far superior to anybody in the club, including Cruz, the club's best player. But when Cook tries to talk to him, the boy dressed in black with a wave of oil black hair seems rushed. Says he has to go. And just like that, he's gone.

The vanishing act is typical in Cook's quest to guide a team of hardscrabble unknowns into the Pan American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship, the World Series of collegiate chess.

Finding players tests Cook's patience and persistence.

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Chess Quotes

And for the chess-player the success which crowns his work, the great dispeller of sorrows, is named "combination."

-Emanuel Lasker (1868-1941)

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