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Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Sep 09 2009 (02:40)
On September 5-7, 2009 I played in the first-ever U.S. Women's Open in Tulsa, OK, won by University of Texas at Dallas sophomore WFM Saheli Nath. I was the reporter for the Women's and for the concurrent tournaments for Chess Life Online (articles online now) and Chess Life (articles will be in the December 2009 and January 2010 issues). The concurrent events were the U.S. Senior Open (won by GM Larry Christiansen) , Okie Open (won by IM Michael Brooks), and Masters Round Robin (won by Conrad Holt, IM Bryan Smith, and IM Ray Kaufman). Since the organizers did not arrange for MonRoi at these events, it took time to find and photocopy score sheets. Sometimes, the writing on those score sheets was poor. It was hard to know what moves were played. Unlike MonRoi, where it is easy to replay games, reporting was hard work.
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Aug 21 2009 (18:18)
chess freshmenThe first University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) Chess Club meeting of the 2009-2010 academic year doubled as a Freshman Academic Survival session. “Don’t fall behind. Compare the syllabus with your tournament schedule,” advised Yash Gogte, UTD Chess Club, Public Relations. “Go to office hours. Get to know your professors. Study with classmates,” said Karina Vazirova, UTD Chess Club President. UTD Chess Club Vice President Gerry Roberts offered, Go to class.I spoke about my Chess in Education Certificate online classes. Listening were seven freshmen, pictured in the photo. From left to right, on the back row, Daniel Ludwig (FL), Tyler Hughes


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2009 US Open Chess Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by MonRoi Support on Thu, Aug 20 2009 (02:46)


By Abby Marshall: Kudos as always to MonRoi for broadcasting the games and making it possible for everyone to know the results live. I guess I switched to writing hieroglyphics in the middle of my notation so I can’t read half my moves, but thanks to MonRoi I now have the complete score. Yay! I’m definitely not going to be the last girl to win. There are many young players who are stronger than I was at their age. I have no doubt this is just the first step in American chess for women reaching equality with men. I’m excited about that. Read more 

Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Aug 08 2009 (13:20)
Denton, TXWant to learn chess or become a piece or pawn in a chess game? Children between the ages of 9 and 14 may attend this twelve-week program that will teach the rules of chess. Children will also get to sing, dance, and act as chessmen! The program will end with the children’s living chess game performance on November 24th at 4 p.m. The class will be taught by Dr. Alexey Root, author of Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators and a former U.S. Women’s chess champion. The program will be held at the North Branch Library starting September 3, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. It will continue on a weekly basis on Thursdays at 2:30pm.  Space is limited and registration is required. For more information, contact WyLaina Hildreth, Public Services Librarian, at 940.349.8774 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Championnat ouvert du Québec 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Written by MonRoi Support on Thu, Jul 23 2009 (14:39)


Le Championnat ouvert du Québec accueillera au moins 11 GMs cette année dont l'un des meilleurs juniors au monde : Yaroslav Zherebukh d'Ukraine. Date : 18 au 25 juillet 2009 au Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf à Montréal.


Click Here to See 2009 Quebec Open Chess Championship Photos

GM Vladimir Georgiev won the Open section with 6.5/9.
Shiyam Thavandiran made an IM norm.
GM Anton Kovalyov and GM Yaroslav Zherebukh won the 56-player blitz event with 9.5/12.

#NameIDRtngRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5Rd 6Rd 7Rd 8Rd 9Tot
1Vladimir Georgiev 2530+18=8+13=6+12=3=2=4+9 6.5
2Merab Gagunashvili 2574=14-13+17+15=3+6=1+8=4 6.0
3Anton Kovalyov1005352571H---H---H---+7=2=1=6+11+13 6.0
4Vadim Malakhatko 2570=11=12=9=13+8=5+15=1=2 5.5
5Alojzije Jankovic 2549-12+16+19+20-6=4=11=7+18 5.5
6Bator Sambuev1005392491+15+10+8=1+5-2=3=9-7 5.5
7Thomas Roussel-Roozmon482952487=19=11=15-3=16+18+12=5+6 5.5
8Vladimir Malaniuk 2563B---=1-6+16-4=10+19-2+17 5.0
9Sergei Kasparov 2487=16=19=4=14=13+12+10=6-1 5.0
10Yaroslav Zherebukh 2541+17-6+11-12+14=8-9-13+19 4.5
11Renier Castellanos1023902453=4=7-10+17=20+13=5-3=12 4.5
12Pagur Arngrimsson 2396+5=4=20+10-1-9-7+15=11 4.5
13Shiyam Thavandiran926762291=20+2-1=4=9-11+14+10-3 4.5
14Jon Viktor Gunnarsson 2462=2-20+18=9-10=17-13+19=15 4.0
15François Léveillé348522261-6B---=7-2+18+20-4-12=14 4.0
16Ling Feng Ye813932179=9-5B----8=7-19-18=17+20 3.5
17Bjorn Thorfinnsson 2395-10=18-2-11=19=14+20=16-8 3.0
18Sylvain Barbeau342772357-1=17-14=19-15-7+16B----5 3.0
19Louie Jiang1002452250=7=9-5=18=17+16-8-14-10 3.0
20Nikola Mitkov1002542526=13+14=12-5=11-15-17U----16 2.5

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And for the chess-player the success which crowns his work, the great dispeller of sorrows, is named "combination."

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