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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

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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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


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!
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