Written by Alexey W. Root on Sun, Aug 31 2008 (10:12)
I attended the Texas Chess Association business meeting this morning. The TCA meeting was at 10 a.m., before the 12:30 fourth round of the Southwest Open. After the election results were reported, the four new board members took their places: President Clemente Rendon, Vice President Lakshmana Viswanath “Vish,” Treasurer Barbara Swafford, and Secretary Robert Sturgeon. Luis Salinas had several motions, mostly bids for upcoming events and recognition and stipends for Texas scholastic players in international events. Bids were accepted, recognition passed, and stipend requests were referred to the TCA board. Clemente Rendon made a motion for the Texas Knights editor's salary to rise from $300 to $400 per issue. That motion passed. Most of the rest of the meeting was discussion. Around 10 people, in addition to the four-person board, attended.
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Aug 30 2008 (11:34)
Friday night was the first football game of the season for Denton HS, and therefore also the first outing for the marching band. My daughter Clarissa is Marching Officer for the trombones. She pointed out that there are at least two similarities between marching and algebraic notation. First, marchers find their spots on the field by a combination of file-first, then rank. Second, marchers are identified by letter and number. Unlike chess, though, the letter and number stay with the marcher throughout. Clarissa is b1, and the other four trombones are b2-b5. More chess and band connections: At the last band party, chess and scrabble (and some video games) were played.
Written by Alexey W. Root on Mon, Aug 25 2008 (13:45)
My son William and I played in the Denton Sunday Frolics #16 yesterday. William was the top-rated player in the intermediate (under 1300) section, and he won 3-0. Now he is rated 1318. I was the top-rated player in the Open section. After winning my first two games, I played the following game against 1884-rated Jonathan Cearley in