[1/1/2011]--University of Maryland, Baltimore County, the defending champion in the "World Series" of college chess, finished second in the most recent tournament.
However, by finishing in the top four, the Retrievers qualify for another prestigious college chess event, the President's Cup, held in April in Tyson's Corner, Va., which is considered the "Final Four" of college chess. The team won that last year, too.
The team recruits elite chess players from all over the world. Many of the players attend UMBC on chess scholarships.