The Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Tournament, although not receiving a lot of publicity, has in fact developed into a major US tournament. It functions as the American college championship, and the quality of the players appears to be escalating due to the efforts of Susan Polgar’s work at Webster University, the groundswell of interest in Texas, and the appearance of major college support, such as at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. In late 2012, the Princeton Chess Club played host to 43 college teams.
The Pan Am tournament is conducted under rules of the US Chess Federation which establishes the College Chess Committee that in turn establishes guidelines for the Pan Am conduct. In the past, as many as 123 teams participated in the period of the Bobby Fischer boom. The number has settled down to a third of that, but the ratings of the players are high and the competition is intense.