SPICE Chess Students Excelling around the World

| January 30, 2013

Webster University | SPICEMembers of the Webster University Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE) continue to excel in multiple tournaments, in individual and team formats:

  • Grandmaster Andre Diamant, a Webster University sophomore from Brazil, won the 36th Cardinal Open, which took place Jan. 25-27 in Columbus, Ohio. With 4.5 points in 5 rounds, Andre finished clear first, ahead of three former U.S. champions (grandmasters Shabalov, Yermolinsky and Gurevich).
  • Iskandar Aripov, a student from Uzbekistan who is attending Webster Groves High School, won the 2013 St. Louis Chess Club Championship Jan. 26-27. With 4.5 points in 5 rounds, Iskandar finished clear first, ahead of the top two players from Lindenwood University A team, as well as other top players in the St. Louis area. He also earned the prestigious National Master title by raising his chess rating to above 2200 with this excellent results. Iskandar has been a part of the Webster University – SPICE training program since Fall 2012. No student from Webster University participated in this event.
  • Grandmaster Wesley So, a Webster freshman from the Philippines, has just earned a spot in the 2013 World Cup taking place in August in Tromso, Norway, by finishing in the top two at the Zonal 3.3 Championship. The event took place Jan. 21-29 in Tagaytay City, Philippines. The World Cup is a part of the World Championship cycle. He is the only collegiate player in the United States to qualify for the World Cup.
  • Another Webster freshman, grandmaster Ray Robson, helped the U.S. team capture the 2013 Pan-American Team Championship. The event took place Jan. 24-29 in Campinas, Brazil. With this victory, Team USA earned a berth in the World Team Championship, scheduled to be held in Antalya, Turkey, on Dec. 1 of this year. Ray, the youngest member of the five-player squad, played board 3 for the national team.

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