Friday, March 2, 2012

More on SPICE Move to St. Louis

No. 1-Ranked Chess Institute in the Nation Moving to Webster Groves

The Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence will make Webster University its new home after five years at Texas Tech University.
By Carlos Restrepo
February 29, 2012

1 comment:

Chess Daily News said...

The reason why we were able to grow is we (my family and I) contributed up to $75,000 per year in the past few years for various SPICE activities to sustain it. Otherwise, it would have collapsed.

Our 21 students share a total of $80,000 in scholarship while other schools give out as much as $30,000 for just one student.

Webster agrees to provide up 30+ scholarships annually while Tech provided 0 (almost everything came from private donations) in the first 4 years.

Half a dozen other universities made a bid to bring SPICE to their campuses. We chose Webster because of their commitment to chess excellence as well as their international presence.

It was a very tough decision for my family to make. We love what we do and we love Texas Tech. But as a state university, there are a lot of red tapes and bureaucracy which hindered the program. If we stayed, almost none of our A team members could graduate due to lack of funding.

Best wishes,

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