Chess Team Heads to New York to Defend National Title

| March 27, 2015
Chess team at St. Louis airport

Webster University’s chess team heads to New York, where they will aim for another President’s Cup.

The No. 1 ranked Webster University chess team is headed to New York this weekend to defend its title as national collegiate champions.

The President’s Cup, known as the “Final Four of Chess,” is a round-robin tournament taking place this year at the New York Athletic Club in New York City.

Webster’s team enters as the No. 1 seed after dominating the Pan-Am Championship in December. The Gorloks are now gunning for their third consecutive national title.

This diverse international team is coached by Susan Polgar, originally from Hungary, and assistant coach Paul Truong, originally from Vietnam.

The Webster student grandmasters on the President’s Cup squad, with their year, majors, ratings and country of origin are:

  • Liem Le – Sophomore/Finance – 2755/2676 (Vietnam)
  • Ray Robson – Sophomore/International Studies – 2750/2656 (USA)
  • Illya Nyzhnyk – Freshman/Math 2748/2622 (Ukraine)
  • Vasif Durarbayli – Freshman/Economics – 2676/2632 (Azerbaijan)

Alternates:

  • Fidel Corrales Jimenez – Junior/Computer Science – 2605/2539 (Cuba-USA)
  • Andre Diamant – Grad/International Business – 2547/2472 (Brazil)

They’ll compete against teams from University of Texas in Dallas, Texas Tech, and the University of Maryland in Baltimore County.

Good luck, Gorloks!

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