Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE)
The goal of SPICE is to work with our friends and colleagues to enhance chess, education, technology, and research. I strongly believe that College Chess is a critical bridge between Scholastic and Adult Chess. If we can successfully promote College Chess, we will retain a lot more of our scholastic players and transition them to Adult Chess.
Chess as a sport is not big enough yet and there is plenty of room to grow. Therefore, it is vital that we work together and assist each other for the best interest of our sport.
- To be the premier center for chess education, research, technology, and outreach in the nation
- To be a leader in promoting chess as a vehicle for enriching the education of children
- To be a leader in promoting women's chess
- To recruit outstanding undergraduate and graduate students to Webster University
- To bring national and international recognition to Webster University
- To support and promote competitive chess at the college level
- To support the nation's most elite chess program
"It is vital that we work together and assist each other for the best interest of our sport."
- Susan Polgar
Featured Video2012 SPICE Cup Invitational
SPICE brought six of the best chess players in the world — including two Webster students — to compete in the 2012 SPICE Cup Invitational, the highest-rated chess tournament of its kind in U.S. history.
Featured VideoAn Interview with GM Ray Robson
Susan Polgar interviews 17-year-old Webster University freshman GM Ray Robson, who scored 7-2 to win the 2012 SPICE Cup Open.
Featured VideoBlindfolded Chess with GM Ray Robson
GM Ray Robson, a freshman at Webster University, the youngest Grandmaster in U.S. history, and a member of the U.S. Chess Olympiad team, taking on a strong collegiate player in blindfold blitz during the SPICE Cup Invitational.