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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.

 

 
READ, WRITE, CHECKMATE: NEW CHESS BOOK PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Thu, Mar 19 2009 (21:47)

Cover of Read, Write, CheckmateI received my author’s copies of Read, Write Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities. Of my three books, this cover is my favorite. It shows tournament-style chess equipment. The boy in the emerald-green shirt is my son William. The photo is by Denton Chess Club President Michael Borys during a 2008 tournament at the Denton Public Library.

 
CHESS PHOTOS WITH FLAGS WANTED PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sun, Mar 15 2009 (10:25)
Chess Game with Flags in backgroundI have completed the text for my fourth book, People, Places, Checkmates: Teaching Social Studies with Chess. That book will be published in late 2010. I am looking for a cover photo for this book. My idea is to show a chess board, one or two chess players (ages 8-15), and flags (either small flags near the board or large flags in the background).

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CHESS RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Feb 28 2009 (12:29)
At the Chess Educator of the Year February 24, 2009 at The University of Texas at Dallas, honoree Dr. Stephen Lipschultz described the research grant: Think Like a King is partnering with The University of Texas at Dallas to apply for US Department of Education funding to establish the first ever large-scale multi-year research effort to, hopefully, fully validate and define the precise role of chess in education. In order to be really meaningful, this kind of study must involve large numbers of schools and students using a consistent approach to teaching that can also validate that kids learn what they are supposed to. If your school district is interested in being a part of this research, please email me < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it > by March 31, 2009.
 
BOOK REVIEW: CHESS COUNTRY PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Feb 21 2009 (15:01)
Available for pre-order from online booksellers is Gary’s Adventures in Chess Country by Igor Sukhin, with an introduction by Susan Polgar (publication date June 2009). Chess Country has striking artwork, design, and overall production quality. The main characters are manga-style children; chess pieces and pawns have an elaborate medieval appearance. Chess diagrams and background colors are prominent. Unlike

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