Webster University again the definition of excellence in college chess

College Chess Final Four, to be held at Manhattan’s Marshall Chess Club starting March 31

By David R. Sands

  • The Washington Times
  • Tuesday, January 9, 2018

There were 58 teams entered in last month’s Pan-American Intercollegiate Championships held in Columbus, Ohio, but the match everyone was waiting for came in Round 5.

That’s when the two ratings heavyweights — defending champion Webster University and crosstown rival St. Louis University — paired off, with both squads boasting 4-0 records. Three games were quickly drawn and the match — and perhaps the 2017 crown — came down to a fascinating battle between Webster’s GM Ray Robson and SLU’s GM Yaro Zherebukh.

Robson must have given his teammates heartburn in this Ruy Lopez Berlin Defense, at one point going down four full pawns to his opponent and facing certain endgame defeat if his kingside attack came up short. Both sides press for the crucial point before Robson finds the critical breakthrough.

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