Webster University Announces 2017-2018 #1 Ranked Chess Team


Webster University Announces 2017-2018 #1 Ranked Chess Team

Top Squad has 21 members and 3 junior members

ST. LOUIS – Webster University is pleased to present its top-ranked chess team for the 2017-2018 academic year. Led by Head Coach Susan Polgar and Coach and Chief Strategist Paul Truong, the team promises to be another year as the lead contender in all upcoming tournaments.

This is the 6th season for Polgar and Truong and the SPICE (Susan Polgar Institute of Chess Excellence) Chess Team at Webster University. The team has held its #1 ranking for over 360 consecutive weeks, as well as winning 5 PanAm and 5 Final Four Championships in a row with a perfect 15-0 record. The SPICE team also won 2 Final Four Championships while at Texas Tech University, totaling 7 straight titles.

The Webster University SPICE Chess Team has held multiple titles since August 2012 – 2 World Championships, Olympiad Gold, 4 World Open Championships & 47 National Titles.

Members of the 2017-2018 squad are:

GM Cori, Jorge (Peru)
GM Robson, Ray (USA) (Team Captain)
GM Shimanov, Aleksandr (Russia)
GM Durarbayli, Vasif (Azerbaijan)
GM Prohaszka, Peter (Hungary)
GM Cordova, Emilio (Peru)
GM Nyzhnyk, Illia (Ukraine)
GM Kannappan, Priyadharshan (India)
GM Leon Hoyos, Manuel (Mexico)
FM Williams, Justus (USA)
SM Grabinsky, Aaron (USA)
FM Colas, Joshua (USA)
NM Black, James (USA)
Polgar-Shutzman, Tom (USA)
Swindell, Shawn (USA)
Gosdin, Kaleb (USA)
WFM Mercado Mendoza, Luisa (Colombia)
Macom, William (USA)
Truong, Paul M (USA)
Whatley, Tori (USA)
Fatima Rashid, Noor (Pakistan)

Junior Team Members:

GM Awonder Liang (USA)
WFM Thalia Cervantes (USA)
CM Ben Shoykhet (USA)

About Webster University SPICE Chess Team: The mission of SPICE (Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence) is 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 and to support the nation's most elite chess program.

About Webster University: With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University (www.webster.edu) 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 more than 17,000 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.