‘Webster University Chess Team Day’ Declared in Webster Groves, Honoring National Champs

| April 22, 2015
Mayor proclamation for Webster Chess Team

Mayor Gerry Welch reads the proclamation declaring April 23 “Webster University Chess Team Day” in Webster Groves.

Proclamation for Webster U. Chess

The city proclamation notes the Webster chess team’s three-year undefeated run and its work with the Webster Groves community.

The Webster Groves City Council proclaimed April 23, 2015, as “Webster University Chess Team Day” in honor of the team’s third consecutive national collegiate chess championship.

The declaration was made during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting and presented to Webster chess coach Susan Polgar, President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble and members of the team.

The team also received a standing ovation from members of the council and the audience, which was filled to capacity for the meeting.

Tuesday’s honor recognizes the latest national championship, secured last month at the President’s Cup challenge — known as the “Final Four of Chess” — in New York City.

Webster University’s team has been the top-ranked college chess team for the past three years and is undefeated in college competition during that span.

The win also set a new record for Coach Susan Polgar. This is the first time that a coach has headed five consecutive winning teams – three as the coach at Webster University and two as the coach at Texas Tech.

Webster University Chess Team

In front of City Hall: The Webster University chess team has become an integral part of the community, partnering with the school district and offering programs for youths and adults.

She also is the first female coach to lead any college team to five straight national championships.

A Part of Webster Groves

The team and overall Webster chess program has become an integral part of the community of Webster Groves, where Webster University was founded in 1915 and is currently celebrating its centennial year.

Coach Polgar and several players have worked with teachers and students in the Webster Groves School District on chess skills and how to apply them in the classroom.

Recently the program has relocated to the newly reopened Luhr Building, where it has the space to broaden its offerings for the community. This summer the team is offering two community programs to help more people feel included in the growing chess community:

  • a chess summer camp for children ages 6 to 18 (go here for more info and registration)
  • a free chess advisory program to the community offered on Friday evenings
Webster chess team honored at Webster Groves City Hall

The proclamation for the Webster University chess team drew a standing ovation from a packed City Hall.


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