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.