Largest Pan-Ams in 30 Years Underway in New Orleans

The largest Pan-American Championships in over 30 years are currently underway in the New Orleans area from December 27-30.  60 teams are competing, including a new powerhouse from Saint Louis University. Find some photos from the first day of festivities, live games and play and look for more reportage from Al Lawrence of the US Chess Trust this week.


Some of the 60 teams waiting to make their first move

Webster GMLiem

Webster still top-rated with GMs Le Quang Liem and Ray Robson on top two boards.


Texas Tech’s all-woman team: WIM Iryna Andrenko, WIM Carla Heredia Serrano, WCM Claudia Munoz, and “Iffy” Ihemebir


Last year’s PanAms organizer Constantine Ananiadis of Oberlin College with students at this year’s reception.


Four piece jazz band celebrates New Orleans at reception for PanAm teams


Ice carving braves near-80 temperature at New Orleans kick-off


  1. I love their website except it doesn’t give any pairings or results. At least covering the top teams would be nice! Go UMBC!!!

  2. 30 years? That would be 1986, when I was on the winning University of Chicago team, one of the last non-scholarship teams to win. It’s good to have more money in the game, but we almost need to divide this like tennis into an “amateur” era and an “open” era.

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