Video: Behind the scenes at the Chess for Girls tournament in Vienna

Jul. 22, 2015

Video: Behind the scenes at the Chess for Girls tournament in Vienna
Webster coach Susan Polgar watches over top young female chess players from 10 countries.

The 2nd annual “FIDE WOM Chess for Girls” competition recently brought 10 of the world’s best young chess players from around the globe to the Webster Vienna campus for a week of training and competition under the greatest female chess player in history.

Webster University partnered with the Commission for Women’s Chess (WOM) of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) as well as the Austrian Chess Federation and the Susan Polgar Foundation to hold the competition.

Polgar, the Webster head chess coach, and Webster Provost Julian Schuster were interviewed about the impact of chess on learning and strategic thinking, while participants also discussed their background with the game. Polgar in particular reflected on the discrimination she faced growing up as an elite female chess player, and the importance of making events like this available to the world's top young female players.

Some of the players also spoke about their experiences in the following video feature. The players hailed from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Montenegro, Russia, Slovakia and Ukraine.

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