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UMBC chess team takes second place in championship

The UMBC chess team, one of the winningest college chess teams in the last two decades, placed second in the U.S. Chess Federation's annual championship Friday.

The four-member team — who are all attending University of Maryland, Baltimore County on chess scholarships — were within striking distance of the top spot until the final match of the four-day tournament, according to the club.

Leonid Kritz, Giorgi Margvelashvili, Sasha Kaplan and Sabina Foisor lost the Pan-Am Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship by one point to University of Texas at Dallas. UMBC, which won the event five years in a row from 1998 to 2002, last won in 2009.

The UMBC club will move on to the 2012 President's Cup, held from March 31 through April 1 in Herndon, Va.

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