Two-Time Champs

Webster Chess team wins President’s Cup, ‘Final Four of Chess’

ST. LOUIS, April 7, 2014 – The Webster University chess team took home their second consecutive President’s Cup, known as the “Final Four of College Chess.”

“This Final Four victory was a complete team effort by the students,” said Susan Polgar, head coach of the Webster University chess team. “They have worked very hard since January and made a lot of personal sacrifices, to be ready physically, mentally and chess-wise, to defend their National Championship title and make Webster proud. No coach can be prouder of their players than me.”

To take home the 2014 title, the chess Gorloks completed a weekend sweep by defeating Texas Tech University in the third and final round at the New York Athletic Club.

To get there, they went undefeated (9-0) on the season. After going 6-0 to win the 2013 PanAm InterCollegiate Chess Championship by a full point — thus qualifying for this year’s Final Four — the team then swept Texas Tech, University of Maryland Baltimore County, and University of Illinois 3-0 to win its back-to-back championship by a record-tying 2.5 point margin.

The achievement has made its way to news outlets like the Washington Post.

Read about the final games and how Webster students pulled off the victory at USchess.org