In the News: Webster Chess in NY Times; Rishe on NCAA, Olympics

| January 7, 2014

Highlights of recent news media involving Webster University include:

NY Times: ‘Webster Strengthens Grip On the Collegiate Game’

The success of Webster University’s chess team has again landed the University in the pages of The New York Times. In a Jan. 5 (p. A17) review of the Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship, the Times led with:

The Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship highlighted Webster University’s unchallenged dominance of collegiate chess.

All three of the teams from Webster, which is in St. Louis, were among the tournament’s top six finishers. The university’s A squad took home the title and won all of its matches. Its B team finished in a tie for fourth, and the C team took sixth place on tiebreakers.


Webster’s top team included Wesley So of the Philippines and Le Quang Liem of Vietnam, who are ranked among the top 50 players in the world. Georg Meier of Germany and Ray Robson of the United States, both grandmasters, are also among the four starters.

The championship means Webster will return to the President’s Cup, the “Final Four of College Chess” championship which it captured for the first time in 2013.

Rishe on NCAA Football, Olympics Ratings

In Walker School economics professor Patrick Rishe’s Forbes online column, he explains why the secondary market for tickets to last night’s Rose Bowl college football championship game was had prices nearly 50 percent lower than last year …  Separately, Rishe examines whether American skier Lindsey Vonn missing the Olympics might affect ratings for NBC, which counts on showcasing American stars to gain viewers in the U.S.


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