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HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #27 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Apr 22 2011 (10:27)
How to appeal to high-rated and to beginner students in one high school chess club? At the April 22, 2011 Denton High School chess club meeting, it was rumored that one rated player didn’t attend because he didn’t want to play a ladder game against someone who could not give him a good contest. I also heard that a beginner, who visited once, thought the level of the club members was too high and didn’t want to return. Definitely will discuss ideas on May 6, when we elect officers and plan for next year. Ideas, anyone? In the meantime, the seven students who did show up played ladder games, with two of those three games being notated for later review.
 
CHESS POSTER MAKES FINAL EIGHT PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Thu, Apr 21 2011 (13:01)
 chess research posterThirty-seven undergraduate research award winners presented posters today at UT Dallas. Saheli Nath’s “Effects of Playing Chess on Self-esteem among College Students: A Case-Control Pilot Study” qualified for the top eight. Those eight posters will be judged on April 27 by a panel of judges from outside UT Dallas. I am Saheli Nath’s faculty advisor for her research.
 
CHESS AT TEXAS LIBRARY CONFERENCE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Apr 13 2011 (21:51)
I am presenting twice this week at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference in Austin, Texas. Thousands of librarians and others attend this conference. You can download my presentation handouts. Look for the presentation titles “It’s All Games and Fun in the Library” and “Make a Bold Move: Chess in Public, Academic, and School Libraries.” The latter presentation is coming up Friday, April 15, 8 a.m. So if you are in Austin, come on by! I will also be signing my books 1-4 p.m. Thursday, April 14, 2011 and Friday, April 15, 2011, 10:30-11:30 a.m, booth #1756, Libraries Unlimited, TLA Exhibit Hall, Austin Convention Center.
 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #26 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Apr 08 2011 (08:37)
On April 8, the chess club members took a Sample UIL Chess Test. One student finished in 11 minutes with a perfect score; some were still finishing at 55 minutes. Most students missed around 3-5 questions out of 20, but remained challenged and engaged.
 
CHESS LIFE ONLINE ARTICLE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Thu, Apr 07 2011 (21:08)
As of April 8, 2011, I have a new article on Chess Life Online. It is an interview of author Robert Desjarlais.
 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #25 AND FINAL FOUR PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Apr 01 2011 (10:27)
For Denton High School chess club today, I wore my newly acquired (from Pep Rally on March 29) UT Dallas chess team T-shirt. One of my high school chess club students had on a UMBC (University of Maryland , Baltimore County) shirt! Was that his idea of an April Fool's joke? Also competing with UT Dallas and UMBC this weekend, April 2-3, are UTB (University of Texas at Brownsville) and Texas Tech. You can follow all the Final Four chess action right here on MonRoi. The high school students played ladder games after the T shirt showdown.
 
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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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