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NOVEMBER PRESENTATIONS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Nov 03 2009 (16:50)

In addition to the November 8 presentation in Coppell, which I mentioned in a previous blog post, I am also presenting about my book Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities at the Texas State Reading Association conference. My presentation, on Friday, November 13, 1:45 to 3 p.m., is listed on page 5 of this .pdf schedule. If you cannot attend either of these, please consider the Living Chess Game performance November 24, 4 p.m., at the North Branch of the Denton Public Library.

Update on my presentations: On November 8, about 70 people attended. Two were from my online classes. Four were from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin. They drove from Odessa to hear my talk, then drove back the same day. That's an 11-hour round trip. Most of the attendees were parents and children ages 5-12. On November 13, seven educators (four at the middle school level) attended my talk. At both talks, participants tried activities from my books such as the Eight Queens' problem and the Knight's Tour.

 
JUDGE FOR WOMEN'S BEST GAMES PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Oct 07 2009 (05:27)

9 queens is sponsoring three Best Game prizes for the 2009 U.S. Womens Chess Championship. I have been asked to be a Best Games judge because of my books on chess and my winning this tournament 20 years ago. After all the judges votes are totaled, the best game gets $300, second best $200, and third best $100. The tournament is held in St. Louis and I am in Denton, TX. But I follow each round using the Chess Games link at the top of the MonRoi page. The tournament continues through October 13. I have already seen some nice games, and only three rounds have been played so far. If there is a particular game you think I should take another look at, tell me about it in the comments area of this posting.

 
NEWSPAPER CHESS COVERAGE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Oct 06 2009 (06:19)
My local newspaper, The Denton Record-Chronicle, ran a photo on October 6 of my playing chess with one of my Strickland Middle School students. I am currently volunteering teaching a weekly Living Chess Game class at the Denton Public Library. That class will have a performance, free and open to the public, on November 24th at 4 p.m. at the North Branch of the Denton Public Library. I will resume my chess volunteering at Strickland Middle School in spring 2010, and have scheduled the annual Denton ISD middle school tournament for May 1, 2010 at Strickland.
 
WIKIPEDIA WARNING PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sun, Oct 04 2009 (04:37)

Someone using the name "Alexeyroot" modified the entries about "Alexey Root" and "Dallas Chess Club" on September 14, 2009. I did NOT write (or edit) those Wikipedia entries. I was impersonated by someone using an IP address from Denton/Charter Communications. (I have Verizon in Denton). I have reported the problem to Wikipedia, and just got this response:

"Wikipedia users are not required to submit any personal information to register
for an account, and even if this user had submitted any, it would be a violation
of our privacy policy to disclose it to you or anyone else.

This user account has been blocked from further editing, but our license prevents
us from changing the attribution of previous edits without the consent of the user
who made the edits."

So I hope the impersonator will remove those postings, since Wikipedia cannot.

 
ALEXEY ROOT PRESENTATION PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Sep 15 2009 (06:10)

UTD faculty member and former U.S. Women’s chess champion Dr. Alexey Root has teamed with the Coppell Gifted Association to reveal her secrets to what it takes to be a chess champion…and it all adds up to a fun afternoon for parents and kids alike. Read more about this talk November 8, 2009 at this link.

 
REPORTING WITHOUT MONROI IS HARD WORK PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Sep 09 2009 (02:40)
On September 5-7, 2009 I played in the first-ever U.S. Women's Open in Tulsa, OK, won by University of Texas at Dallas sophomore WFM Saheli Nath. I was the reporter for the Women's and for the concurrent tournaments for Chess Life Online (articles online now) and Chess Life (articles will be in the December 2009 and January 2010 issues). The concurrent events were the U.S. Senior Open (won by GM Larry Christiansen) , Okie Open (won by IM Michael Brooks), and Masters Round Robin (won by Conrad Holt, IM Bryan Smith, and IM Ray Kaufman). Since the organizers did not arrange for MonRoi at these events, it took time to find and photocopy score sheets. Sometimes, the writing on those score sheets was poor. It was hard to know what moves were played. Unlike MonRoi, where it is easy to replay games, reporting was hard work.
 
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