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RAY ROBSON PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robson on Sun, Jun 01 2008 (18:19)
Ray Robson is the youngest chess master in the history of the state of Florida. He was awarded the FIDE Master (FM) title in June of 2005 after tying for first place at the Pan American Youth Chess Championship in Brazil. He earned the US Chess Federation (USCF) National Master (NM) title in January of 2006 by raising his chess rating above 2200 (the minimum required for the title of National Master). In 2004, at the age of nine, Ray defeated his first National Master in tournament play. In 2005 he defeated his first International Master (IM), and in 2006 he defeated his first Grandmaster (GM). Ray earned his first IM norm on November 3, 2007, in Chicago, Illinois; he earned his second IM norm 24 days later in Antalya, Turkey; and he earned his third IM norm 13 days after that (December 10) in Dallas, Texas.  After learning in March of 2008 that the Turkey norm would not be allowed, he earned a replacement norm at the Reykjavik Open in Iceland a few days later (March 12), making him the current youngest IM in the United States.

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CHESS ON FIELD TRIPS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, May 30 2008 (16:53)
On Thursday, May 29th, I was one of the parent chaperones on a sixth grade field trip to a local park. I brought along two chess sets and boards, and set them up on a picnic table. The table was one of many in the pavilion, which had a roof for shade and a view of the playground. Except for lunch, when I packed up the chess

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CHESS AND PETS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Mon, May 26 2008 (06:45)
RabbitMy rabbit Abba keeps me company while I write this blog, articles, and books (Children and Chess, and Science, Math, Checkmate). He was adopted from a shelter, and is litter-box trained. See the House Rabbit Society Web site for how to keep a rabbit as an indoor pet. In this photo, Abba poses next to a MonRoi flyer. I usually do not write poetry, but will share my poem about Abba.

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YURY SHULMAN, CHESS AUTHOR PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, May 21 2008 (19:49)
Before I recommend Grandmaster Yury Shulman's book, I congratulate him on his 2008 U.S. Chess Championship. I met Yury when he was a student at The University of Texas at Dallas. He was the chess team captain: intelligent, well-spoken, and interested in helping others. Now Yury has a chess school and has written Shulman, Y.

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NON-RATED CHESS TOURNAMENTS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, May 20 2008 (19:23)
Dana Mackenzie asked, after holding a non-rated tournament, “Should I be happy with running the one tournament a year and seeing the kids have a good time? Should I aim higher? Should I steer them into rated tournament chess, and if so, how?” I run one non-rated tournament a year too,

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