Webster University Chess Team

No. 1 Ranked Division I Collegiate Chess Team in the U.S.

 

Le Quang Liem

GM Le Quang Liem (Vietnam)
World Blitz Champion
National Champion
Olympian
World Cup Participant

Nickname: Liem
Major(s)/Minor(s): finance
Status: senior
Hobbies: watching movies & shows
Favorite Sport: badminton and swimming
Born in: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ray Robson

GM Ray Robson (USA)
National Champion
Olympian
World Cup Participant

Nickname: Ray
Major(s)/Minor(s): international studies
Status: senior
Hobbies: tennis
Favorite Sport: tennis
Born in: Guam, USA

Illia Nyzhnyk

GM Illia Nyzhnyk (Ukraine)
National Champion
European Champion

Nickname: Illia
Major(s)/Minor(s): mathematics/computer science
Status: junior
Hobbies: watching movies and playing with friends
Favorite Sport: table tennis and billiards
Born in: Vinnytsia, Ukraine

Aleksandr Shimanov

GM Aleksandr Shimanov (Russia)
National Champion
World Cup Participant

Nickname: Shima
Major(s)/Minor(s): MBA
Status: graduate
Hobbies: Poker
Favorite Sport: ice hockey
Born in: St. Petersburg, Russia

Vasif Durarbayli

GM Vasif Durarbayli (Azerbaijan)
World Youth Champion
National Champion
Olympian
World Cup Participant

Nickname: Vasif
Major(s)/Minor(s): economics
Status: senior
Hobbies: dance and reading
Favorite Sport: soccer, basketball and CrossFit
Born in: Sumqayit, Azerbaijan

Priyadharshan Kannappan

GM Priyadharshan Kannappan (India)
Asian u16 champion
Finished 6th in world u16 in 2008

Nickname: PD
Major: Masters in management and leadership
Status: graduate
Hobbies: watching Indian movies and music, reading biographies
Favorite sport: cricket
Born in Madurai, India

Manuel Leon Hoyos

GM Manuel Leon Hoyos (Mexico)
National Champion
Olympian

Nickname: Manu
Major(s)/Minor(s): MBA
Status: graduate
Hobbies: traveling and reading
Favorite Sport: soccer
Born in: Merida, Mexico

Ashwin Jayaram

GM Ashwin Jayaram (India)
National Champion

Nickname: Ashwin
Major(s)/Minor(s): MBA
Status: graduate
Hobbies: movies and reading
Favorite Sport: soccer
Born in: Aluva, India

 

Irene Sukandar

IM Irene Sukandar (Indonesia)
National Champion
Olympiad Silver Medalist
World Championship Participant (F)

Nickname: Irene
Major(s)/Minor(s): international relations
Status: graduate
Hobbies: traveling
Favorite Sport: table tennis
Born in: Jakarta, Indonesia

Josh Colas

FM Josh Colas (USA)
K-12 National Champion
SPF World Open u18 Champion

Nickname: Josh
Major(s)/Minors(s): audio production
Status: Freshman
Hobbies: basketball, piano
Favorite Sport: basketball
Born in: White Plains, New York

Aaron Grabinsky

SM Aaron Grabinsky (USA)
K-12 National Champion
SPF National Open U18 Champion
Oregon High School Champion

Nickname: Aaron
Major(s)/Minor(s): mathematics
Status: freshman
Hobbies: table tennis and running
Favorite Sport: tennis
Born in: San Francisco, California

Vitaly Neimer 

IM Vitaly Neimer (Israel)
National Champion
Israeli Youth Champion
World under 14 and 16 runner up
US Open 2012 G-15 Champion

Nickname: Tal
Major(s)/Minor(s): MBA
Status: graduate
Hobbies: gym, CPA preparation
Favorite Sport: tennis
Born in: St. Petersburg, Russia


Eric Rosen

IM Eric Rosen (USA)
National Champion
Final Four participant

Nickname: Eric
Major(s)/Minor(s): interactive digital media
Status: senior
Hobbies: photography
Favorite Sport: tennis
Born in: Evanston, Illinois

 Justus Williams

FM Justus Williams (USA)
K-12 National Champion
High School National Champion
NY State Champion

Nickname: Jwillz
Major: history
Status: freshman
Hobbies: football
Favorite Sport:football
Born in: Bronx, New York

Shawn Swindell

Shawn Swindell (USA)
National Champion

Nickname: Shawn
Major(s)/Minor(s): educational studies and philosophy
Status: freshman
Hobbies: forensics and debate
Favorite Sport: basketball
Born in: Brooklyn, New York

Luisa Mercado

WFM Luisa Mercado Mendoza (Colombia)
National Champion (F)

Nickname: Luisa
Major(s)/Minor(s): computational biology
Status: junior
Hobbies: watching movies
Favorite Sport: basketball
Born in: Cartagena, Colombia

Caleb Gosdin

Kaleb Gosdin (USA)
Nickname: Kaleb
Major(s)/Minor(s): creative writing
Status: freshman
Hobbies: reading and listening to music
Favorite Sport: chess
Born in: Atlanta, Georgia

Kenneth Fernandez

Kenneth Fernandez (USA)
Nickname: Kenny
Major(s)/Minor(s): Finance
Status: sophomore
Hobbies: reading books, traveling, learning to invest
Favorite Sport: basketball
Born in: Manhattan, New York

Tori Whatley

Tori Whatley (USA)
State Champion (F)

Nickname: Tori
Major(s)/Minor(s): graphic design
Status: junior
Hobbies: drawing and image editing
Favorite Sport: basketball
Born in: North Augusta, South Carolina

Reggie Jackson

Reginald Jackson (USA)

Nickname: Reggie
Major(s)/Minor(s): speech communications
Status: senior
Hobbies: helping others build confidence in their dreams
Favorite Sport: basketball
Born in: Chicago, Illinois