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Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.: District 27
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Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 12, 2005
Contact: Doris Sanchez, Press Secretary
(512) 463-0385
Texas Senate honors U.T. Brownsville/Texas Southmost College chess team
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Standing left to right in the Senate Chamber after Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. presented the U.T. Brownsville/Texas Southmost College chess team a Senate Resolution today for winning the Southwestern Collegiate Chess Championship in Dallas February 26 and 27 are Sen. Lucio, Chess Team Captain Erick Vallarino, and team members Vincent Flores, Antonio Espino and Luis Gomez.

AUSTIN, TX--The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College chess team received a warm welcome and praise from the Texas Senate for capturing the Southwestern Collegiate Chess Championship in Dallas February 26 and 27 of this year.

Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. presented the team Senate Resolution 861 for their triumph over challengers from 13 other colleges and universities. Those honored were founder and team captain Erick Vallarino and players Ricardo Acevedo, Victor Flores, Vincent Flores, Antonio "Tony" Espino and Luis Gomez. Coach Roman Dzindzichashvili prepared and guided the group to victory.

The six players on this championship team represent the finest that the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College have to offer, and by winning the tournament, they demonstrated notable levels of skill and intelligence in the game.

Sen. Lucio told those present in the Senate Chamber that these "students began their chess careers early in life, most of them starting in elementary or middle school. Because of their determination, skill and above all, passion for the game, the UT-B/TSC chess team fulfilled their dream of winning the championship."

Erick Vallarino and Victor Flores tied for first place, and Tony Espino played to a draw with the UT-Dallas grand master, which was a significant factor in determining the team championship. Ricardo Acevedo won first place in the under-1600 category, and Vince Flores beat Texas A&M University's top-rated player.

Sen. Lucio added, "These outstanding players showed that they had the 'heart' of champions, as they won the first round, and then went on to dominate the entire event. The UT-B/TSC chess team is an inspiration to all students."

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