In the News: Chess, SPICE Get Webster National Attention

| April 6, 2012
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The bold move by Webster University and champion chess Grandmaster Susan Polgar to move her Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE) to Webster has been gaining attention all spring, and a recent Associated Press story has really shined the spotlight on Webster around the country.

The latest news story by reporter Alan Scher Zagier is showing up in news outlets big and small — more than 240 media outlets to date — including Sports Illustrated, ESPN, NBC, Fox, NPR, US News & World Report, Huffington Post, Seattle Times, Washington Post, (New York) Newsday, Miami Herald, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The article quotes Polgar describing some of the rationale for moving her institute and entire champion chess team to Webster: “St. Louis today is the center of chess in America. It just seemed like a perfect fit.” Likewise, the students on her team — who hail from places as far and wide as Brazil, Germany and Iran — are quoted.

Finally, the article captures Webster University Provost and Senior Vice President Julian Schuster‘s excitement: “He envisions a broader academic focus revolving around chess, espousing a ‘dream of connecting chess as not only a game but as a didactic tool, to apply in a learning setting.’”

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