Triple Crown Sweep for Webster’s Chess Team at State Championships

| September 24, 2012

Two Webster University students share first place at Missouri State Rapid Championship

From Kansas City to St. Louis, some of the best players in the state of Missouri convened in Columbia, Mo., Sept. 21 – 23, to compete in three separate 2012 State Championships:

  • Missouri State Championship
  • Missouri State Blitz Championship
  • Missouri State Rapid Championship

After 14 games of intense chess competition, members of the Webster University Chess Team swept the triple crown.

In the first event, the Missouri Rapid Championship, Webster freshman Fidel Corrales Jimenez (Cuba) and sophomore Vitaly Neimer (Israel) tied for first.

In the second event, the Missouri Blitz Championship, Fidel Corrales Jimenez finished first, while his teammate, Anatoly Bykhovsky (Israel), a junior and co-captain of the team, got second.

In the main and final event, the Missouri State Championship, two Webster juniors, Denes Boros (Hungary) and Anatoly Bykhovsky, shared the top spot.

“Webster freshman Vanita Young (Pa.) tied for first in category B while gaining a whopping 59 rating points to earn a career high rating. Another member of the team, Inna Agrest (Sweden), finished in a tie for fourth overall, while gaining a monstrous 66 rating points,” said Paul Truong, Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence.

“It is a historic clean sweep and excellent performance overall for Webster University in the strongest Missouri State Championships in history. Even with the spectacular results, it was not so easy for our students.

“Quite a few games were long and intense (over 12 hours of pressure filled competition on Saturday alone). Sometimes they had less than 15 minutes to grab a quick bite for lunch or dinner.

“At night, they did not have a chance to properly relax and prepare for the next round. Many had to do homework or study for important tests on Monday. They even helped each other with their homework on the car ride back from the tournament.

“But at the end, they took care of business and brought back more pride for their beloved Webster University.”

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  1. Barbra Breslauer says:

    Way to go Webster team!