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For the past few days, it was hard to ignore the world of sports—even if you’re not a sports fan. Whether you like basketball or baseball, it was good to be a Cardinals fan this week: The Louisville Cardinals claimed the NCAA Men’s Basketball title, a game that became the most watched in 19 years. And of course, this week also brought us Opening Day at Busch Stadium, which, for Cardinal Nation, is an event in itself—and that’s a good thing because…well, you know what happened there.
WEBSTER UNIVERSITY’s Chess Team, ranked No. 1 in the nation, will be competing as the top seed in the Final Four of Collegiate Chess this weekend. The team, coached by renowned chess grandmaster SUSAN POLGAR, will do battle against students from University of Maryland-Baltimore County, University of Texas-Dallas and University of Illinois. The six grandmasters who make up the Webster team include: WESLEY SO (also ranked No. 1 in the Philippines), RAY ROBSON (also ranked No. 8 in the U.S.), FIDEL JIMENEZ (also ranked No. 3 in Cuba), GEORG MEIER (also ranked No. 4 in Germany), MANUEL HOYOS (also ranked No. 1 in Mexico and is the reigning U.S. Open Champion), and ANATOLY BYHKOVSKY (also ranked No. 21 in Israel). Bring home a winner, Webster!
St. Louis feels like home to Hungarian native Susan Polgar, the four-time Women’s World Chess Champion. “There is a nice metropolitan feel to St. Louis. There are more things to do, the people here are very nice, and the nearby hills and rivers remind me of home,” she says.
A royal affair: Ladue News readers will get an added opportunity to celebrate the arrival of Diana, The People’s Princess exhibition, which comes to St. Louis Feb. 23 to 26 at America’s Center. A book signing and cocktail reception hosted by MARY STRAUSS will be held at Strauss’ Westmoreland Place home on Wednesday, Feb. 22. The event will feature exhibit curator and owner MAUREEN DUNKEL as the guest of honor, with each guest receiving an autographed copy of Dunkel’s book, My Decade with Princess Diana. LN’s exclusive interview with Dunkel will appear in the Feb. 17 issue. For tickets to the Feb. 22 reception, as well as VIP tickets to the exhibit, call 573-450-6340 or visit stlcares.com.