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CHESS UPDATE FOR RAY ROBSON PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robson on Sat, Apr 25 2009 (08:09)
For those of you who are interested in following Ray's progress, I apologize that neither of us has had time to keep up with the news. Here is a summary of what's occurred since Ray's last entry: 

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CHESS PROGRAM POSTER PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Thu, Apr 23 2009 (17:27)
Alexey Root and Bayaraa ZorigtBayaraa Zorigt participated in the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition on April 23rd. I am her faculty advisor. Her poster showed some aspects of the UTD Chess Program, such as the Chess Online courses.
 
CHESS CLOCKS... UNDERSTANDING TIME PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chris Bird on Thu, Apr 23 2009 (05:43)

Most serious games of chess are, and have always been, played using chess clocks. The main reason for using a chess clock is so that the game does not take an infinite amount of time to play. Even correspondence chess, played via regular mail or email, has a limit to the amount of days/weeks/months a player can use for moves to ensure a game does not go on forever.

 

However, the world of chess clocks can be a daunting one, especially to beginners although even the most experienced professionals sometimes have problems getting to grips with new clocks and time control ideas that are cooked up by some of the most innovative organizers.

 

In this article, I want to try and provide an understanding of what is meant by various chess clock related chess terms such as increment, flag, 40/2, Bronstein, time-delay, analog, etc. Let’s start with the basic information needed to understand a chess clock and how that relates into the chess world.

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UTD CHESS CLUB: SENIORS, GRUBBS AWARD, ARCHIVES, ELECTIONS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Apr 17 2009 (18:13)

chess seniors graduating UTDFriday, April 17th, I attended the last UTD Chess Club meeting of the semester. I will miss the graduating seniors, pictured in this photo.  Back row (left to right): IM John Bartholomew, FM Keaton Kiewra, IM Davorin Kuljasevic, IM Marko Zivanic

Front row (left to right) GM Alejandro Ramirez, WFM Lilia Doibani. All of them (except Kuljasevic) were students in my online classes. Marko Zivanic will be around next year, though,

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FINAL FOUR RESULTS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sun, Apr 05 2009 (17:11)
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Photo of IM Marko Zivanic, UTD (back to camera), IM Jacek Stopa, UTD (standing, left), IM Sasha Kaplan, UMBC (seated), and UMBC coaches GM Sam Palatnik and National Master Igor Epshteyn. This photo was taken shortly after Zivanic won in the final round (played Sunday, April 5th), when the other three UTD-UMBC games were still going on in the President's Cup (Final Four of College Chess).

After Zivanic won, everything looked good for UTD. As you can see from the games on MonRoi (click on Chess Games tab, then on 2009 Presidents Cup), UTD only had to tie the match with UMBC 2-2 to win the title.

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After UTD's Zivanic won, UTB's Fernandez also won. So then there were smiles from (left to right) Jim Stallings (UTD Chess Program Director), Russell Harwood (UTB Chess Program Director), and Rodney Thomas (UTD Chess Program Advisory Board). Russell (Rusty) Harwood bought a copy of my Read, Write Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities. (Thanks, Rusty!).

At the same time, in the analysis room, Final Four commentator GM Babakuli Annakov (seated) was predicting an 85% likelihood that UTD would win the match with UMBC, which caused UTD President David Daniel to smile, and Stallings to agree. See photo:

Annakov talks with David Daniel and Jim Stallings

The other three games in each of the UTD-UMBC and Stanford-UTB matches took much longer to finish. UTB went on to win against Stanford, and finish in third place in the Final Four, just one game point behind UMBC and UTD. UMBC won in match points, after winning the final round 2.5 to 1.5 over UTD, so gets the President's Cup. Results in this press release, which also mentions (at the end) my online courses.

 

 
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