Webster Chess Team Wins PanAm Championship

The win gives Webster an automatic berth in the "Final Four" national collegiate chess championship later this year

The Chess Team shortly after their victoryLUBBOCK, TEXAS - Webster University’s chess team achieved the most dominant performance in the 60-year history of the prestigious PanAm InterCollegiate Chess Championship, also known as the World Series of Chess. The 2013 PanAm, held Dec. 27 - 30 at Texas Tech University, was the strongest ever, with 42 college chess teams from across the country and 25 grandmasters competing.

Webster University entered three teams into the competition.

Webster’s A team scored a perfect 6-0 and finished a full point ahead of the field, firmly in first place. Members of the A team also scored 21.5 game points in 24 games (19 wins - 5 draws). In competitive chess, a win is worth one point, a draw is one-half point, and a loss is zero points.

Webster’s B team finished in 4th place with, and the C team finished in 6th place.

Usually, the top four finishing teams in the PanAm event qualify for the President’s Cup, also known as the Final Four of Collegiate Chess, held each April. This year’s top four finishers were Webster University A team (6-0), University of Maryland-Baltimore County (5-1), University of Illinois (5-1) and Webster University B team (4.5 - 1.5); however, because each university is allowed only one team in the Final Four, Texas Tech (5th place) will take the second spot from Webster.

Webster’s team members also dominated in the individual category at the PanAm, taking first place in all four boards:

Board 1: GM Le Quang Liem (Webster) 5 / 6

Board 2: GM Anatoly Bykhovsky (Webster) 5.5 / 6

Board 3: GM Wesley So (Webster)  6 / 6

Board 4: GM Ray Robson (Webster) 6 / 6

The best overall performance award of the 2013 PanAm was won by Webster Grandmaster Wesley So, who is ranked 28th in the world, with a rating of 2,894.

The complete results of the tournament can be found online at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/ttuchess/panam_results.php. For more information about Webster’s chess program, visit http://www.webster.edu/spice/index.html