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UMBC Chess Team



Grandmaster, Tanguy Ringoir

Women’s International Master, Ewa Harazinksa,

Candidate Master, Maor Leker Locker



GM Sam Palatnik (Coach), Dr. Alan Sherman (Director), Igor Epshteyn (Coach)

GM Sam Palatnik (Former Coach), Dr. Alan Sherman (Director), Igor Epshteyn (Coach)

Joel DeWyer, Business Manager

Joel DeWyer, Business Manager


International Master and a General Assistant of the UMBC chess team, Levan Bregadze

Second Place at 2006 World Youth Chess Championship U-14; 3rd Place at 2006 European Chess Championships U-14; 3rd Place at 2007 European Chess Championships U-16; Winner of 2013 National Chess Congress; Five time Georgian Champion in different age categories. His hobbies include reading, playing pool, bowling, table tennis, traveling and attending music concerts.

Levan recently graduated from UMBC with a degree in financial economics.  He will be joining our program as a General Assistant while he continues pursuing career opportunities in the U.S.