The President's Cup (informally known as the Final Four of College Chess) determines the U.S. college team chess champion. Hosted in part by the United States Chess Federation (USCF), the President's Cup is an annual invitational team championship, open to the top four U.S. schools from the most recent Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship (Pan-Am). It is run as a fixed-roster team round-robin tournament, scored by individual (not team) points. The President's Cup usually takes place in the first weekend of April.
The President's Cup has taken place each year in various locations since it was founded in 2001 by Tim Redman. Since 2011, the President's Cup has been sponsored in part by Booz Allen Hamilton.
The governing body for the President's Cup is the College Chess Committee (CCC) of the USCF. The event is rated by the USCF and World Chess Federation (FIDE) and played under USCF rules. The CCC has established eligibility requirements for college chess, and these same requirements apply to the Pan-Am and the President's Cup. Each team comprises four players and up to two alternates from the same school campus. Unlike the Pan-Am, ties for first place are broken (the title is not shared).
The winner of the President's Cup is considered the top chess team among U.S. post-secondary schools (colleges, universities, community colleges). By contrast, the Pan-Am determines the top post-secondary school in North American, Central America, South America, or the Caribbean. The winning school takes possession of the perpetual trophy, created in 2008 using funds from Sun Trust Bank, for one year.
|Year||Location||1st Place||2nd Place||3rd Place||4th Place||Host||Organizer|
|2001||Dallas, TX||University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)||University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)||University of California, Berkeley||Stanford University||UTD||Redman|
|2002||Miami, FL||UTD||UMBC||Stanford||Harvard||Chess Hall of Fame||Lawrence|
|2003||Miami, FL||UMBC||UTD||Miami Dade||University of Chicago||Chess Hall of Fame||Lawrence|
|2004||Lindsborg, KS||UMBC||UTD||Miami Dade||MIT||Karpov School of Chess||Korenman|
|2005||Lindsborg, KS||UMBC||UTD||Miami Dade||Stanford||Karpov School of Chess||Korenman|
|2006||Dallas, TX||UMBC||UTD||Miami Dade||Duke||UTD||Stallings|
|2007||Dallas, TX||UTD||UMBC||Miami Dade||Duke||UTD||Stallings|
|2008||Baltimore, MD||UTD||UMBC||Miami Dade||New York University (NYU)||UMBC||Sherman|
|2009||Dallas, TX||UMBC||UTD||University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB)||Stanford||UTD||Stallings|
|2010||Brownsville, TX||UMBC||UTB||Texas Tech||UTD||Brownsville||Harwood|
|2011||Herndon, VA||Texas Tech||UTD||UTB||UMBC||Booz Allen Hamilton||Herman, Hoffpauir|
|2012||Herndon, VA||Texas Tech||UMBC-UTD (tie)||UMBC-UTD (tie)||NYU||Booz Allen Hamilton||Herman, Hoffpauir|
|2013||Rockville, MD||Webster University||UTD||UMBC||University of Illinois||Booz Allen Hamilton||Herman, Hoffpauir|
|2014||New York, NY||Webster University||UMBC||Texas Tech||University of Illinois||New York Athletic Club||Booz Allen, Herman, Sifer, Hoffpauir|
|2015||New York, NY||Webster University||UTD||Texas Tech||UMBC||New York Athletic Club||Booz Allen, Herman, Hoffpauir|