Wednesday, January 19, 2022

$1 million program proposal made by Susan Polgar to Texas Tech, documents reveal

In emails obtained by The Journal under Texas open records law, TTU administrators wrote that the university would be unable to meet Polgar’s stipulations. In February 2012, Webster University announced Susan Polgar and SPICE would be moving from Texas Tech to Webster.

Grandmaster and former student Liem Quang Le to be next chess coach

Grandmaster Liem Quang Le is the top-rated player in his home country of Vietnam and a former chess player at Webster. He will become...

Chess coach Susan Polgar to retire from Webster

Susan Polgar and her husband, assistant chess coach Paul Truong, are planning on moving to Florida. Liem Quang Le, one of Polgar's former students,...

Chess team wins Pan-American Championship

Webster's two chess teams - "A" team and "B" team - competed against 57 other teams. The "A" team won first place, and the...

The Decade of Checkmates

Webster University’s chess team has dominated the 2010 decade. The program began in the  fall of 2012 when Susan Polgar and Paul Truong came to...

SPICE loses first national championship in six years

SPICE was one win away from the record for the most President's Cup victories and had not lost the cup since 2013.

SPICE Profiles: Aleksandr Shimanov

St. Petersburg-born Aleksandr “Shima” Shimanov is hoping to succeed in multiple different ways. The graduate student is pursuing his MBA and is ranked as...

SPICE Profiles: Vasif Durarbayli

Vasif Durarbayli has won three straight President’s Cups with Webster University’s chess team since joining in 2014. It might be hard to keep that...

SPICE Profiles: Illia Nyzhnyk

The University of Texas at Dallas invited Illia Nyzhnyk to join their school and chess team. Nyzhnyk could not pass the school’s entrance exams...

SPICE Profiles: Ray Robson

Picking up chess to bond with his father, Grand Master Ray Robson brought experience to Webster as a gold medal-winning chess Olympian. A former chess...

SPICE Profiles: Peter Prohaszka

In order for SPICE (Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence) team captain Ray Robson to potentially orchestrate a comeback to preserve the team’s chances...

Ukrainian Grandmaster puts team first in Chess Finals

Junior chess grandmaster Illia Nyzhnyk was among six players representing Webster University’s chess team in the President’s Cup tournament in New York. At a young...

Chess player founds Webster Economic Association

Chess grandmaster Manuel Leon Hoyos became interested in economics while growing up around drug cartels in Mexico.

Russian grandmaster visits SPICE

Webster's chess team got strategy advice from the coach of Russia's women's chess team.

Chess wins fifth straight Pan-Am

SPICE moves on to Chess Final Four, where they can win their fifth straight national title.

SPICE players help bring home Olympiad gold

For the first time since 1976, the U.S. Chess team won a gold medal at the Olympiad. Two SPICE chess players helped lead the charge to victory.

SPICE welcomes three National Scholastic Champions to team

The Webster University Chess Team added six new freshmen to this year's team. Three of these players are National Scholastic Champions.