Friday, February 03, 2012

Champion college chess team moves to Webster University

Champion college chess team moves to Webster University
St. Louis Business Journal
by Greta Weiderman, Web Editor
Date: Friday, February 3, 2012, 2:43pm CST
Last Modified: Friday, February 3, 2012, 3:24pm CST

Chess Grandmaster Susan Polgar, World and Olympiad champion, and her Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence, will relocate in June to Webster University from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, Webster officials said today.

All members of the reigning national collegiate champion Texas Tech chess team will transfer to Webster and attend during the 2012-2013 academic year.

“Chess is increasingly valued for its instructional impact,” said Webster President Elizabeth Stroble. “Globally, educators recognize chess as a tool to cultivate interest and success in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines.”

Polgar said there are around 1 billion chess players in the world and that her institute is a good fit for Webster’s global vision.

“I am also very excited to be in the St. Louis area, near the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis, the hot spot for chess in the United States, thanks to Mr. Rex Sinquefield,” she said.

Polgar is the winner of four world championships and the only world champion in history to win the Triple-Crown (Rapid, Blitz and Classical chess world championships). She is the first woman to qualify for the Men’s World Championship Cycle, earn the Men’s Grandmaster title and receive the Grandmaster of the Year Award.


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