The Webster Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE) team has qualified for the Final Four National Chess Championship in April. This is the fourth consecutive year the chess team has qualified for tournament.
The SPICE team will compee at the national championship after tying for first place in the annual PanAm Intercollegiate Chess Championship. Webster University is the second school in the history of the PanAm tournament to take first place for four consecutive years.
The PanAm tournament was held Dec. 27 – 30 in Cleveland, Ohio. Forty-two Teams from across the U.S. and Canada competed in the tournament. The SPICE team competed for nearly 30 hours through six rounds.
SPICE coach Susan Polgar said the team is now training for the Final Four in a Webster press release.
“We will defend our title as the number-one ranked team in the country,” Polgar said.
The Final Four tournament will be held April 2 – 3 in New York City. Webster will compete against Columbia University, Texas Tech, and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.