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Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Nov 12 2016 (21:37)

Richardson Public Librarian Vrena Patrick organized Chess Puzzles and Play from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, 2016. 44 library patrons attended, including eight students from Dr. Root’s ED 4358 and ED 4359 courses at UT Dallas. Dr. Alexey Root supervised the Chess Puzzles. Each puzzle sheet had four to six checkmate problems on it. By completing one puzzle sheet, a patron was entered in a prize drawing. For patrons that wanted to see how many puzzles they could solve correctly, Dr. Root kept track of the number of puzzles solved by each patron on a dry erase board. Brianno, a child, solved 21 puzzles. Two adults solved 18 puzzles each. After solving chess puzzles, most library patrons challenged each other to chess games. There were usually about eight chess games going at once. UT Dallas chess team member FIDE master Alex Velikanov supervised those chess games. Since Dr. Root had brought various prizes (chess sets, T-shirts, medals) and the UT Dallas Chess Program had donated other prizes (USB drives shaped like chess queens, key chains shaped like chess queens), almost everyone who stayed until the 3:45 p.m. prize drawing (where one had to be present to win) got a prize. Dr. Root sold five copies of her latest book, Prepare With Chess Strategy. She autographed those books, autographed other items, and posed for many photos with library patrons.

 
CHESSBASE, DENTON PUBLIC LIBRARY, AND GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Oct 25 2016 (19:03)

Dr. Alexey Root interviewed Dr. Kenneth A. Kiewra for ChessBase. Kiewra has researched the development of chess prodigies. Dr. Root was interviewed for Games World of Puzzles magazine, December issue. Since the interview was done before the Olympiad, Dr. Root predicted the US team would medal there. The US team took gold in the Open division of the Olympiad. Dr. Alexey Root was also featured in a Denton Public Library blog posting for her July 30th simultaneous chess exhibition at that library.

 
RAISING A CHESS CHAMPION PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Mon, Sep 19 2016 (13:36)

Friday, September 23, join Dr. Alexey Root and Wayne Xiong (father of World Junior Chess Champion Jeffery Xiong) at the Dallas Chess Club for a discussion of “Raising a Chess Champion.” Fee is $20, as mentioned in this link.

 
CHESS MOVIE: QUEEN OF KATWE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Sep 16 2016 (20:02)

I (Alexey Root) saw the Disney film Queen of Katwe today. I really enjoyed it. The film has a heart-warming story and the actors are convincing in their roles. Queen of Katwe also has plenty of chess scenes to satisfy the chess players in the audience. One game featured a three-on-three pawn position (like the 3-on-3 activity in my book Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving).  Another game has a smothered mate, like a game I have in Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators.

 
SIMULTANEOUS CHESS EXHIBITION AT AUDELIA ROAD BRANCH LIBRARY PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sun, Aug 28 2016 (19:01)
Dr. Alexey Root gave a simultaneous exhibition (a "simul") at the Audelia Road Branch Library, Sunday, August 28, at 2 p.m. Fifteen players initially faced Dr. Root. After three players finished and their spots were refilled, a total of 18 players participated. Dr. Root won 17 games and drew one game. She had no losses. Dr. Root sold six copies of Prepare With Chess Strategy. Her toughest game was the draw against Courtenay Thompson, who told Dr. Root before the event that he was about 1400-rated chess strength. Thanks to Librarian Liz Kwan, Library Associate Martin Moomaw, and Branch Manager Juli Gonzalez for hosting this event.  56 people came to the simul, as there were spectators and family members, chess players, and seven students from Dr. Root's online ED 4358 course. The last game finished at 4:00 p.m., so 2 hours for 18 games.
 
CHESS MERIT BADGE AT THE NATIONAL SCOUTING MUSEUM PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sun, Aug 28 2016 (09:42)
Dr. Alexey Root taught a Chess merit badge workshop and ran a tournament from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (12-12:30 p.m. lunch break) at the National Scouting Museum. Thirteen Scouts attended. One Scoutmaster adult participated so that the day had an even number.  Requirements were covered but only 10 of the 13 Scouts were able to complete their badge on August 27. The hardest requirements were 5a (explaining four elements of strategy), 5b (explaining five tactics), and 5d (solving five direct-mate problems, which in this case were checkmate-in-one-move problems). The two rook checkmate (5c) was also challenging for some Scouts initially but with repeated instruction and practice everyone did the two-rook checkmate successfully one time before the day's end. Dr. Root used ideas from her book Prepare With Chess Strategy to teach the Scouts.
 
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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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