Members of the Webster University Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE) chess team, the number one ranked Division I college team in the U.S., again dominated a major tournament, the Thanksgiving Open held at the St. Louis Chess Club. Players at the event included eight grandmasters (GM) and nine international masters (IM).
Three players from Webster, grandmasters Georg Meier, Fidel Corrales Jimenez and Denes Boros tied for first with the score of 5-1. Grandmaster Wesley So finished fourth, one-half point behind the leader.
Tom Polgar (Susan’s oldest son) finished in a tie for the top amateur under 2200 prize with Iskandar Aripov of Webster Groves High School, who trains every week with the Webster University chess team.
While this event took place in St. Louis, another member of the team, GM Manuel Leon Hoyos (Mexico), scored a major 2-0 upset win over GM Lazaro Bruzon (No. 2 in Cuba) to capture the Bronze in a major event at the University of Mexico in Mexico City. The only game he lost was to GM Judit Polgar, Susan’s youngest sister and the No. 1 female player in the world.
Here are the latest ratings of the top eight players from Webster University:
– GM Wesley So (Philippines) 2706 – Freshman
– GM Georg Meier Germany) 2701 – Sophomore
– GM Ray Robson (USA) 2691 – Freshman
– GM Fidel Corrales Jimenez (Cuba) 2686 – Freshman
– GM Manuel Leon Hoyos (Mexico) 2666 – Freshman
– GM Anatoly Bykhovsky (Israel) 2617 – Junior
– GM Denes Boros (Hungary) 2574 – Junior
– GM Andre Diamant (Brazil) 2546 – Sophomore