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A puzzle game opens the Girls' Invitational with 75 young women competitors from 13 countries.

Chess Girls' Invitational Opens as Children's Camp Ends

July 24, 2017

It's a busy July for chess at Webster University, where the Susan Polgar Foundation completed a chess camp with 100 children before opening the annual Susan Polgar Foundation Girls' Invitational, which welcomes 75 young women and girls from 13 countries in North, Central and South America competing for scholarships and prizes. Seven alumnae from the tournament dating back to its beginning in 2005 were on hand to help welcome this year's competitors.

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Russian grandmaster Alexander Riazantsev visited Webster Geneva.

Snapshot: Russian Chess Champion Visits Webster Geneva

July 10, 2017

Alexander Riazantsev, the winner of 2016 Russian Championship Superfinal and European Rapid Chess Championship and one of the coaches of the Russian women's national chess team, visited Webster University's Geneva campus, connecting with students and alumni and discussing ways to promote chess on campus. Riazantsev was in town competing in the Geneva Chess Grand Prix.

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Senate chess

U.S. Senate Honors Champion Webster Chess Team

May 26, 2017

The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution introduced by U.S. Sens. Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt to honor the Webster University Chess Team on its record fifth consecutive national championship at the 2017 President’s Cup Collegiate Chess tournament. The resolution commemorates the team's historic achievement, and notes their work promoting chess as a vehicle for enriching the education of children and young adults.

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Senate chess

Senators McCaskill, Blunt Honor Chess Team

May 18, 2017

Missouri U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt honored the Webster University Chess Team on their record fifth consecutive national championship at the 2017 President’s Cup Collegiate Chess tournament. The Senators introduced a resolution commemorating the team's historic achievement, noting their work promoting chess as a vehicle for enriching the education of children and young adults.

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Webster in the news

In the News: Polgar Israel feature; Solomon on media mergers; Hall on Comey; van Marissing on leadership

May 12, 2017

Susan Polgar was profiled in the Times of Israel feature, "The female chess grandmaster who checked male privilege," Eileen Solomon was quoted in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Sinclair's proposed purchase of Tribune Media, William Hall was quoted on Jeff Sessions' role in James Comey's firing, and Jean Paul van Marissing was interviewed for thoughts on leadership in the Dutch magazine, Hello Zuidas.

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Webster in the news

In the News: School of Ed ranking; Alakoc on terror threats; Chess in Biz Journal

March 17, 2017

International Relations assistant professor Burcu Pinar Alakoc was interviewed on KMOX about security threats, the Final Four-bound chess team and coaches were highlighted by the St. Louis Business Journal, and Webster's state rankings among schools of education was mentioned on St. Louis Public Radio and in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Webster's Team B, which tied for first place with Webster's Team A at the 2016 PanAm InterCollegiate Chess Championship.

Webster Chess Dominates PanAm, Qualifies for 5th Final Four

January 04, 2017

Webster University's four-time defending champion chess team dominated the 2016 PanAm InterCollegiate Chess Championship, becoming the first team in college chess history to have teams place in the top three of the tournament. Webster's A and B teams tied for first place, while the C team tied for third. The result means Webster qualifies for the Final Four of Chess in March, where it will attempt to be the first team to win five consecutive national titles.

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The evening also showcased

Video: Vienna WEBTalks Showcases Webster Talent, Common Bonds

December 16, 2016

Webster Vienna hosted its first WEBTalks, an event welcoming three extraordinary Webster-associated speakers for an evening of TED Talk-style insights from Oscar-winning alumnus Charles Randolph, space neuroscientist alumnus Vladimir Ivkovic and Webster chess coach and grandmaster Susan Polgar.

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Webster in the News

In the News: African-American chess players, Remy Cross 'On the Air,' Dutch youth champ

September 22, 2016

Webster freshmen Josh Colas and Justus Williams were the focus of a major feature story on young African-American chess players in The Undefeated, ESPN's African-American sports and culture site, sociology and criminology professor Remy Cross will be interviewed live on KWMU’s “St. Louis on the Air” on Friday, Sept. 23, and World Youth Chess Championship contestant Anna Maja Kazarian was on Dutch National Radio discussing Webster University and Susan Polgar.

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(Photo: Baku Chess Olympiad)

Webster Chess Players Key Members of U.S. Olympiad Gold Victory

September 14, 2016

The United States Chess Team took first place in the 42nd Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbijan, with one current and one former Webster student as essential members of the five-man team. Ray Robson, a junior International Studies major and member of the SPICE (Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Education) program, is a prominent player on four Webster Final Four Championship teams. The U.S. team’s victory holds historic significance: When the U.S. last won gold in 1976, the USSR and other Communist Bloc countries did not compete due to a boycott. The previous U.S. gold was won in 1937.

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