The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

News

April 5, 2013

Final Four chess title no longer UMBC slam dunk

(Continued)

The University of Texas at Dallas, also playing this weekend, was the first imitator, then the University of Texas at Brownsville, then Texas Tech and now Webster University. Tiny Lindenwood University, in St. Charles, Mo., issued a breathless news release last year saying the school "is putting out a call for some of the finest young chess players in America and abroad. And the university is willing to provide scholarship money to build the nation's top collegiate chess program."

After winning four straight Final Fours in the mid-2000s, UMBC has won just two since 2007.

"If it continues this way, more and more universities will get stronger and stronger," said Giorgi Margvelashvili, a grandmaster from Georgia and UMBC's top player. "For now, I think other universities are doing a better job than UMBC."

The ambitions of UMBC imitators made national news last year after an unprecedented event in college — or even professional — competition. After winning two consecutive Final Fours at Texas Tech, coach Susan Polgar, the first woman to earn the men's grandmaster title, resigned from the school and signed on with Webster. Her players followed — their own decision, she said.

Polgar, recently the subject of a long profile in Wired magazine, is an assertive, controversial figure in chess. In 2010, she settled a long-running legal battle with the United States Chess Federation, which resulted in her membership being revoked.

Polgar likes to win, and she frequently does, with four world championships on her resume. So intense is her desire to dominate the chess world that she even instructs her players to exercise at the school gym. Physical strength, she said, gives the mind endurance for long matches.

Asked why she left Texas Tech, Polgar said, "We were hoping to get more support for our program, but unfortunately that didn't happen." Asked how people in the chess world view her, Polgar said as someone who "revolutionized college chess in recent years." Webster is clearly protective of her, too. A school public relations official listened in on a phone interview.

Text Only
News
  • Today's Editorial: Experts showing the way for reform

    Domestic abuse remains one of the most prevalent crimes nationally yet remains routinely unreported.

    July 23, 2014

  • Feds ship 500 children to Pennsylvania

    HARRISBURG — An influx of unaccompanied children crossing the southern U.S. border is spilling into Pennsylvania, as state officials received word Monday that more than 500 are being housed in the commonwealth.

    July 22, 2014

  • Hope Lewis Inmate's widow wants $750,000 from Northumberland County

    SUNBURY — The widow of a Shamokin man who hanged himself inside Northumberland County Prison is demanding $750,000, the firing of all jail employees who worked the night of June 16 and a complete overhaul of policies and procedures for suicidal inmates.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Vancliff Lifer gets more time for molesting Danville girls

    WILKES-BARRE — A convicted murderer accused of having persuaded a former Danville woman to bring two girls to visit him in a northeastern Pennsylvania prison so he could molest them has been sentenced to additional prison time and fined.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Union County driver, 86, dies near Weikert

    WEIKERT — An 86-year-old Weikert man died in a one-car accident Tuesday morning, when he lost control of his vehicle on Weikert Road in front of the Union County Sportsman’s Club, veered off the road and slammed into a tree.

    July 22, 2014

  • Director hired for Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area

    BURNSIDE — An Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area committee member with experience in the ATV industry was named the operations director of the park during Monday night’s authority meeting.

    July 22, 2014

  • Line Mountain hires expert to test gauge that failed

    MANDATA — Members of the Line Mountain school board Tuesday unanimously approved hiring an engineering expert to test a pressure gauge and fuel system that failed at the former Dalmatia Elementary School in February.

    July 22, 2014

  • 'Greatest con artist' gets 2 more years behind bars

    WILLIAMSPORT — The “greatest con artist” Senior Judge Robert Sacavage said he has ever seen was sentenced Monday to 2 more years in prison after he traveled outside the U.S. Middle District of Pennsylvania without permission and failed to report to his probation officer.

    July 22, 2014

  • 1obamanew.jpg Conflicting rulings on Obamacare

    A federal appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama’s health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who have bought policies.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • bearden9.jpg Bail reduced for Bearden

    Jasmine Bearden, who was arrested earlier this year on criminal attempted homicide charges for the alleged abuse of her six-week old baby, had her bail reduced in Union County on Tuesday morning.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

The Daily Marquee
Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.