Potomac teen defeats UMBC chess champ


A 15-year-old from Potomac defeated a legendary Maryland chess champion yesterday in a challenge match sponsored by the Chess Club at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Ray Kaufman won a $100 prize by defeating William Morrison, 37, in a match at the UMBC Engineering and Computer Science building.

Kaufman, a student at Wootton High School in Potomac, was awarded a full scholarship to UMBC in March when he won the state scholastic chess championship for high school students.

Morrison, known as "the Exterminator," is a UMBC graduate and a self-taught chess legend from New York. He was Maryland chess champion in 1995 and has been UMBC's chess champion since 1995, according to Alan Sherman, the chess club's faculty adviser.

Pub Date: 6/19/98

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