U.S. Senate Honors Webster University National Champion Chess Team

May. 26, 2017

U.S. Senate Passes Resolution Honoring Webster Chess Team

The U.S. Senate has passed the resolution introduced by U.S. Sens. Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt of Missouri to honor the Webster University Chess Team on their record fifth consecutive national championship at the 2017 President’s Cup Collegiate Chess tournament.

The  resolution commemorates the team's historic achievement -- the first team to win the college championship five consecutive years -- and notes their work promoting chess as a vehicle for enriching the education of children and young adults.

The text of the bill below is as of May 24, 2017 (Resolution Agreed to by Senate):

"Congratulating the Webster University chess team for winning a record-breaking fifth consecutive national title at the President’s Cup collegiate chess championship in New York City.

Whereas Webster University is the first team in the history of the President’s Cup collegiate chess championship to win 5 consecutive national titles;

Whereas the 2017 victory is the seventh consecutive national championship for Grandmaster and coach Susan Polgar and the program at the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence;

Whereas Webster University is a leader in promoting chess as a vehicle for enriching the education of children and young adults; and

Whereas Webster University has become a hub for developing chess excellence in students from across the United States and around the world: Now, therefore, be it

That the Senate—

  1. congratulates Webster University for winning a record-breaking fifth consecutive national title at the President’s Cup collegiate chess championship; and
  2. encourages Webster University to continue promoting the educational benefits of chess among its students and the larger community."

An international group of Webster students led the team to victory in the President's Cup, known as the "Final Four of Collegiate Chess," in March 2017.

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