The Webster University chess team, ranked #1 in the United States, is heading to Washington D.C. later today for the 2013 College Chess Final Four.
Webster University 2013 Final Four Chess Team:
GM Wesley So – 2714
GM Ray Robson – 2697
GM Georg Meier – 2694
GM Fidel Corrales Jimenez – 2650
GM Manuel Leon Hoyos – 2652
GM Anatoly Bykhovsky – 2618
GM Wesley “the Asian Tiger” So (Philippines)
Finance – Freshman
1st American collegiate player to break 2700, youngest in chess history to break 2600, winner of 4 consecutive Filipino championships, Dubai Open champion, etc.
GM Ray “the Fearless Attacker” Robson (USA)
Undecided – Freshman
Youngest grandmaster in U.S. history, U.S. junior Champion, youngest player to qualify for the U.S. championship, SPICE Cup Open champion, etc.
Tennis, Ping Pong, Music
GM Georg “the German Precision” Meier (Germany)
International Business – Sophomore
European Team champion, 3rd place at Baden-Baden super tournament, 5th at World Junior Championship, etc.
Cycling, Traveling, Movies
GM Fidel “the Cuban Casanova” Corrales Jimenez (Cuba)
Computer Science – Freshman
Continental champion, Capablanca Open champion, Catalan Circuit champion, Carlos Torre champion, etc.
Soccer, Movies, Music, Dancing
GM Manuel “the Yucatan Conquistador” Leon Hoyos (Mexico)
Economics – Freshman
US Open champion, 4-time Mexican Open champion, Mexican champion, etc.
Soccer, Kickboxing, Gym
GM Anatoly “the Speedy Rocket” Bykhovsky (Israel)
Finance – Junior
2-time Final Four champion, 2-time Israeli Blitz champion, 2-times SPICE B group champion, etc.
Head Coach: GM Susan Polgar
Coach: FM Paul Truong
Team Manager: WIM Inna Agrest
Official website: http://www.vachess.org
Sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton
o Saturday, April 6th: Round 1 at 10AM, Round 2 at 5PM.
o Sunday, April 7th: Round 3 (Final Round) at 9 AM.
o Awards Ceremony: TBD, usually about 15-30 minutes after the last game finishes on Sunday (Round 3, which usually finishes between 1 and 2PM).
o The Time Control for each Round is 90-minutes, with a 30-second Time Increment … for each player. Therefore, one game could (in theory) last 4-5 hours.
o We will work hard to arrange for “Online Broadcast” of the games via Monroi.com.
· Participants (in alphabetical sequence) … click here to see the Team Rosters.
o The University of Illinois
o The University of Maryland at Baltimore County
o The University of Texas at Dallas
o Webster University
· Spectator Info
o Spectators are WELCOME
o NO CELL PHONES or any electronic communIcation device are ALLOWED in the playing room
o FOOD, WATER AND COFFEE provided at the tournament site is for the PLAYERS ONLY
o You will be required to pickup a “Visitor’s Badge” at the Booz Allen front desk before entering the playing area