Susan Polgar to be Inducted into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame


Mar. 13, 2019

ST. LOUIS – Webster University is pleased to announce Susan Polgar was selected for induction into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place on March 18, 2019, at the Saint Louis Zoo.

“We are very proud of Susan Polgar for her achievements in the field of chess and induction into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame. Under her leadership, the Webster chess team and our program at Webster have enjoyed unparalleled success,” said President Elizabeth Stroble."Because our players have proven themselves academically and in a global game that transcends continents and languages, they exemplify Webster's goal to prepare students to compete on the world stage." 

Susan Polgar has dominated the world of chess as a coach and player, ranked #1 in the world at the age of 15 and ranked #3 in the world for more than 25 years. Born Zsuzsanna Polgar, she is a Hungarian-American chess player and one of the strongest female players ever. A grandmaster, Olympic Champion, head coach and founder of the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE), Coach Polgar tied the all-time-record of Coach John Wooden, set in men’s Division I sports with the UCLA Bruins basketball team.  [see attached accomplishments]

In addition to Polgar, the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame committee and the U.S. Chess Trust will recognize these exceptional chess players and contributors:  Max Judd (1851-1906) an immigrant, St. Louis resident, and top player at the turn of the 20th century; and William Lombardy (1937-2017), instrumental collaborator in bringing four world championship titles to the U.S.

The U.S. Chess Federation Hall of Fame Committee considers candidates for the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame and sends its nominations to the U.S. Chess Trust each year. The trustees of the U.S. Chess Trust vote on who should be inducted. Inductions are performed by either the Chairman of the U.S. Chess Trust or the Chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee.

Additionally, the World Chess Federation (Fédération Internationale des Échecs or FIDE) has nominated three new members to be inducted into the World Chess Hall of Fame:  Akiba (or Akiva) Rubinstein (1882-1961), along with Paul Keres and Viktor Korchnoi, is considered one of the strongest players never to become world champion; Mark Taimanov (1926-2016), ranked among the top 20 players in the world for over a quarter of a century; and Xie Jun (1970- ), trailblazer and national hero in China, and the first player from Asia to become women’s world chess champion

The Halls of Fame inductions will be held at the Saint Louis Zoo on Monday, March 18, 2019, with a cocktail reception at 6:00 p.m. and program from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 apiece. To attend, please email

The Webster University Chess Team recently took first place in the largest open collegiate Pan-American team event in the Western Hemisphere – fora record seven consecutive years. Coach Polgar’s chess team has been ranked #1 in Division I College Chess since its inception in August 2012. It has never relinquished the top ranking. To learn more about Webster’s chess program, visit .

About Webster University With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University ( comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to ensuring high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.


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