2nd Summer Chess Camp Kicks Off

Jul. 13, 2015

2nd Summer Chess Camp Kicks Off
SPICE chess camps at Webster

The second chess summer camp of the summer kicked off this week, with seven instructors on campus to teach five groups of young students about this global game.

The Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE) at Webster is hosting the two camps for children age 6 to 18. The first took place June 15-19, while the current one runs July 13-17 on Webster University’s home campus. Registered students receive coaching from Polgar and members of the three-time national champion Webster University chess team.

This past spring semester, the SPICE program and chess team also began hosting a community chess gathering every Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Luhr Building, located on Lockwood Avenue across from Webster Hall on the University’s home campus.

“Chess is an international game and also a great mind exercise for people of all ages,” said Susan Polgar, coach of Webster’s chess team and director of SPICE. “Numerous studies have shown that people who regularly play chess are better at math, science, and also better at using strategy in their careers. I believe playing chess exercises the analytical part of your brain, and just like exercising your muscles in the gym, giving your brain a workout only makes it stronger.”

Two years ago, Polgar and members of the team worked with teachers at every public school in the city and taught them how to play chess and apply it to other subjects in the classroom. As a result, every public school in Webster Groves now has a student chess club. Last year, Webster helped run the first ever Webster Groves School District chess tournament. This year’s event will be held on April 25, and is open to Webster Groves K-8 students.

SPICE also hosts an annual chess tournament for girls 19 years and younger each year. Polgar has spoken to several community groups during the past year to discuss chess, strategy and its connection to business.

Click here for more information on SPICE and Webster University’s chess team.

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