Webster University is featured in Wired magazine, the national technology and culture-focused Conde Nast publication. The article by reporter Jason Fagone tells the story of Susan Polgar‘s move to Webster University — from initial meetings with Provost and Chief Operating Officer Julian Schuster to the official welcome gala for SPICE last May.
Fagone covers the success of Webster’s chess team, St. Louis’ place as a new “chess mecca,” Polgar’s coaching insights, and her desire to see chess become more popular by players and fans alike.
An excerpt on Webster’s chess team:
All told, her team at Webster now includes eight grand masters, who hail from the US, Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Germany, Hungary, Israel, and the Philippines. This is an unheard-of concentration of talent for a single team. The next strongest squad, at UT Dallas, has only four grand masters. (To put that in context, there are nine grand masters in the entire country of Canada.)
And on how Polgar thinks chess can gain more exposure:
Polgar chooses an even more established TV staple as a comparison. “I have all the respect in the world for golf and golf players,” she says. “I think watching golf is not the most exciting thing, but look at all of the resources it gets.” (ESPN, for now, is noncommittal: “If there’s an audience for chess and covering an event makes business sense, we would entertain it,” the network told Wired.) This isn’t as crazy as it sounds.
Read the full story here at wired.com and look for it on newsstands soon.