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2009 CANADIAN OPEN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP- THANK YOU NOTES PDF Print E-mail
Written by MonRoi Support on Tue, Jul 21 2009 (03:10)

 

MonRoi is delighted with the positive feedback received after the 2009 Canadian Open Chess Tournament, which was held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. We thank the Canadian chess community and chess fans worldwide for their continued support. Below are a few comments from Chess Talk. 

 

Alex Ferreira

Big Thanks to CO Organizers !

I played in this past Canadian Open and had an absolutely fantastic time. Definitely the best Canadian Open I've been at (2006-2009) so far. Everyone I had talked to about the 2005 CO, also held in Edmonton, said it had been an outstanding CO and that 2009 was not to be missed. They were right!

A big thanks to Micah Hughey and Vlad Rekhson, along with their team, who put on a fantastic show, and were always very helpful and professional. Everyone who I hanged out with seemed to have been having a terrific time overall, even if the chess results at times proved disappointing (got ourselves to blame really).

The website was easy to navigate, complete with results and pairings for the next round, always posted about one hour after the last game of the night was finished. Always great to have (and use!) monroi to record games and to view them afterward from home. Coverage was excellent with chessbase and terrific to have Shabalov annotate some of the top board games.

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CHESS QUOTES- DAN HEISMAN PDF Print E-mail
Written by MonRoi Support on Mon, Jul 20 2009 (12:21)

Thanks to Dan Heisman for sending us the chess quotes.

 

“You have to lose your fear of a rating before you can become that rating.”

“You can’t play what you don’t see.”

“Before you make a move, make sure it cannot be defeated by a check, capture, or threat.”

“More pawns in the middle are good.”

“Never trade something for nothing.”

“If you are going to study openings, you may as well pick a sharp one where knowing more than your opponent is helpful.”

“Chess is all about making decisions; if you don’t want to take the time to make better decisions you can’t make better moves.”

“The average value of the pieces is different in the endgame than it was in the opening and middlegame.”

“In the endgame the king’s fighting value is about four pawns.”

“Think of the exchange as being worth about half a piece.”

“The trick to improving is to find a way to not make the same mistakes over and over.”

“Always play with confidence, aggression, and respect for your opponent’s ideas.”

 

NM/CM Dan Heisman

www.danheisman.com

 

 
BIRTHDAY CHESS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Jul 07 2009 (05:22)
Julia Jones post mortem chessOne way to celebrate your birthday with friends is to have a party at your local chess club. On July 6th at Denton Chess Club, we sang happy (18th) birthday to Julia Jones. Julia is pictured in the blue shirt in the photo. Julia will be one of the TX representatives at the Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls (July 26-31 at Texas Tech). Then she joins the student body at The University of Texas at Brownsville as a freshman on a chess scholarship. Congrats, Julia!
 
TEACHING CHESS COURSES THIS SUMMER PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, May 27 2009 (04:47)
On June 8-12, and again on August 3-7, I will teach chess to students who will enter grades 4-8 in the fall of 2009. The courses are part of MOSAIC. Find MOSAIC information by searching the Internet for the Coppell Gifted Association Web site. Students can sign up for chess or for a myriad of other courses (such as Puppetry, Calligraphy, Building Structures, etc.).
 
PEER-REVIEWED CHESS ARTICLE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, May 08 2009 (17:06)
Publication in peer-reviewed journals is the gold standard of academic respectability. I have an article in the current issue of TEMPO, the peer-reviewed journal of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented. Here is the citation and a description: Root, A. W. (2009, spring). Checkmating advisory and summer boredom. Tempo, 29(2), 10-14. This article describes the evolution of Strickland Middle School (SMS) advisory (2005-2009), from study halls for all to enrichment advisory options, including chess, for capable students. Dr. Root also lists chess activities and chess equipment used at SMS and at MOSAIC (Coppell Gifted Association summer courses). For my next article for TEMPO, I will share how gifted and talented teachers use chess in their classrooms. If you teach gifted-and-talented students, and would like to share your chess-in-the-classroom story, please email me, Dr. Alexey Root, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
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