On Jan. 21, Grandmaster Susan Polgar and Paul Truong presented, “Chess Strategy and Decision-Making” at the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology. The event was attended by more than 100 guests, including several members of Webster University’s #1 ranked national championship chess team.
Peter Maher, associate dean and professor of math and computer science, opened the event by highlighting Webster University’s recruiting efforts to bring Polgar, Truong and a team of world-class chess masters to St. Louis. Provost Schuster, who was instrumental in the recruiting efforts, commended the team’s success at Webster University and noted that he has followed Polgar’s career since he was a child.
Following the introductions, Polgar shared stories about her life, including her earliest memories of playing chess as a four-year-old in Hungary. She said her parents were instrumental in teaching her the game, and that she and her father would visit the chess club regularly so she could develop and refine her skills. Truong, her husband and a coach of Webster University’s chess team, joined in the conversation by offering insights on the correlation between chess and business strategy. Truong emphasized the importance of teaching children chess because it strengthens their critical thinking skills.
View a photo slideshow from this Speaker Series event. A video recording of the presentation is available on the Walker School of Business & Technology website.