Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Missouri and St. Louis figure prominently in today's NYT

Missouri and St. Louis figure prominently in today's NYT
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 11:49 am

The other story, which is on the paper's National page, is about chess grandmaster and former women's world champion, Susan Polgar, moving her chess institute from Texas Tech University to Webster University (which was reported in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Feb. 4).

The move helps solidify St. Louis' growing profile as the top chess city in the nation.

The story leads off by likening the move to a university without a basketball program recruiting Mike Krzyzewski, the legendary coach at Duke University, and persuading most of his team to switch with him.

It says Polgar's institute (saucily known as SPICE -- the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence) will bring the top 10 players at Texas Tech with her and that they will be provided scholarships at Webster that will continue until they graduate.

The article also quotes the director of the University of Texas at Dallas chess program of saying that Webster's recruitment of such a top team was "unprecedented," and that most chess programs start from scratch.

It concludes with a quote from Julian Schuster, Webster's provost, saying: "To use the chess analogy, I think we made the right move."

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