Globetrotters: Webster Chess Team Members on Road to World Cup

| June 5, 2013

After winning the Chicago Open in May, Robson played with international educators (and the Gorlok) at NAFSA in St. Louis. He will compete in China, Las Vegas and Norway this summer.

Summer is a busy time for members of Webster University’s national collegiate champion chess team.

Sophomore and grandmaster Ray Robson has been selected by the U.S. Chess Federation to represent the United States at the Chess World Cup in Tromso, Norway, in August.

Joining Robson will be his Webster University roommate and chess teammate Wesley So, a grandmaster who will represent his home country of the Philippines. So, who will be a sophomore at Webster this fall, is the No. 1 chess player in the Philippines and the No. 2 junior in the world.

Incoming Webster freshman, grandmaster Le Quang Liem, will represent his home country of Vietnam at the Chess World Cup. He is the top-ranked chess player in Vietnam and the former No. 1 junior in the world.

“No university has ever had three of its chess players selected to compete in the World Cup in the same year,” said Webster chess team coach Susan Polgar. “This is quite an unprecedented honor, and one that underscores the excellence of our chess team members.”

But the World Cup is far from the only major chess tournament featuring Webster students this summer. Read more about the summer lineup for these and other Webster student competitors at

Image via @SusanPolgar on Twitter

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