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TEACHING CHESS COURSES THIS SUMMER PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, May 27 2009 (04:47)
On June 8-12, and again on August 3-7, I will teach chess to students who will enter grades 4-8 in the fall of 2009. The courses are part of MOSAIC. Find MOSAIC information by searching the Internet for the Coppell Gifted Association Web site. Students can sign up for chess or for a myriad of other courses (such as Puppetry, Calligraphy, Building Structures, etc.).
 
PEER-REVIEWED CHESS ARTICLE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, May 08 2009 (17:06)
Publication in peer-reviewed journals is the gold standard of academic respectability. I have an article in the current issue of TEMPO, the peer-reviewed journal of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented. Here is the citation and a description: Root, A. W. (2009, spring). Checkmating advisory and summer boredom. Tempo, 29(2), 10-14. This article describes the evolution of Strickland Middle School (SMS) advisory (2005-2009), from study halls for all to enrichment advisory options, including chess, for capable students. Dr. Root also lists chess activities and chess equipment used at SMS and at MOSAIC (Coppell Gifted Association summer courses). For my next article for TEMPO, I will share how gifted and talented teachers use chess in their classrooms. If you teach gifted-and-talented students, and would like to share your chess-in-the-classroom story, please email me, Dr. Alexey Root, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
ALL-GIRLS NATIONAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Mon, Apr 27 2009 (17:45)

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On Sunday, April 26, I visited the 2009 All-Girls National Chess Championships, held at the Hyatt Regency Reunion in downtown Dallas. My photo essay, which is linked to the tournament results, was posted April 27 on the Chess Life Online Web site. The South Texas Chess Center ran the chess bookstore at the tournament. Thanks to its proprietor Dan DeLeon for buying a copy of my third book Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities.

 
CHESS PROGRAM POSTER PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Thu, Apr 23 2009 (17:27)
Alexey Root and Bayaraa ZorigtBayaraa Zorigt participated in the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition on April 23rd. I am her faculty advisor. Her poster showed some aspects of the UTD Chess Program, such as the Chess Online courses.
 
UTD CHESS CLUB: SENIORS, GRUBBS AWARD, ARCHIVES, ELECTIONS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Apr 17 2009 (18:13)

chess seniors graduating UTDFriday, April 17th, I attended the last UTD Chess Club meeting of the semester. I will miss the graduating seniors, pictured in this photo.  Back row (left to right): IM John Bartholomew, FM Keaton Kiewra, IM Davorin Kuljasevic, IM Marko Zivanic

Front row (left to right) GM Alejandro Ramirez, WFM Lilia Doibani. All of them (except Kuljasevic) were students in my online classes. Marko Zivanic will be around next year, though,

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FINAL FOUR RESULTS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sun, Apr 05 2009 (17:11)
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Photo of IM Marko Zivanic, UTD (back to camera), IM Jacek Stopa, UTD (standing, left), IM Sasha Kaplan, UMBC (seated), and UMBC coaches GM Sam Palatnik and National Master Igor Epshteyn. This photo was taken shortly after Zivanic won in the final round (played Sunday, April 5th), when the other three UTD-UMBC games were still going on in the President's Cup (Final Four of College Chess).

After Zivanic won, everything looked good for UTD. As you can see from the games on MonRoi (click on Chess Games tab, then on 2009 Presidents Cup), UTD only had to tie the match with UMBC 2-2 to win the title.

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After UTD's Zivanic won, UTB's Fernandez also won. So then there were smiles from (left to right) Jim Stallings (UTD Chess Program Director), Russell Harwood (UTB Chess Program Director), and Rodney Thomas (UTD Chess Program Advisory Board). Russell (Rusty) Harwood bought a copy of my Read, Write Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities. (Thanks, Rusty!).

At the same time, in the analysis room, Final Four commentator GM Babakuli Annakov (seated) was predicting an 85% likelihood that UTD would win the match with UMBC, which caused UTD President David Daniel to smile, and Stallings to agree. See photo:

Annakov talks with David Daniel and Jim Stallings

The other three games in each of the UTD-UMBC and Stanford-UTB matches took much longer to finish. UTB went on to win against Stanford, and finish in third place in the Final Four, just one game point behind UMBC and UTD. UMBC won in match points, after winning the final round 2.5 to 1.5 over UTD, so gets the President's Cup. Results in this press release, which also mentions (at the end) my online courses.

 

 
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