Growing Rivalry

“It’s a big challenge because there is going to be a lot of strong players coming,” Truong said.

SPICE Cup previews growing rivalry
By Mike Thomas | October 17th, 2017

The Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE) will host its eleventh annual SPICE Cup during fall break. While players from Webster University have dominated in recent years, they will face a challenge from the emerging St. Louis University (SLU) Chess Club.

SPICE coach Paul Truong said SLU is a very serious threat to Webster University. He said his team has been training hard because they also feel the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (UT-RGV) and University of Texas-Dallas (UT-D) have become stronger teams.

“Their one through four is as good as our one through four,” Truong said. “Webster has never lost a match in the final four, but this year SLU can beat us, so can UT-RGV and UT-D.”

The SLU chess club was founded by political lobbyist Rex Sinquefield in 2015. While Webster won its fifth straight national title last season, SLU finished third overall.

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