US-Hungarian Susan Polgar, left, and the players for the Webster University chess team, which captured the United States’ most prestigious collegiate chess championship over the weekend
Webster University Wins US ‘Final Four’ of Chess
RIA Novosti. Samir Shakhbaz
ROCKVILLE, Maryland (RIA Novosti) – While much of the United States has been transfixed by the Final Four college basketball championships, Webster University in St. Louis has triumphed in what is known as the Final Four of chess.
Webster, a private nonprofit university whose chess team is coached by US-Hungarian grandmaster Susan Polgar, topped three other schools Sunday to capture the 2013 President’s Cup, the United States’ most prestigious university chess championship.
Webster scored 9.5 points out of 12 possible and secured the win on the final day. The University of Texas at Dallas finished second with seven points, followed by the University of Maryland Baltimore County with five points and the University of Illinois with 2.5.
Polgar has now won three straight President’s Cups as a coach, leading Texas Tech to two straight titles before leaving for Webster—and taking many of her Texas Tech players with her.