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ENROLLMENT IN ONLINE CHESS COURSES PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sun, Dec 21 2008 (21:41)
Enrollment is now open for the spring 2009 Chess in Education Certificate Online Courses. The semester begins January 12, 2009. If you miss that deadline, you can sign up for the second 8-week semester, which begins March 9, 2009. You earn three undergraduate or graduate credits per course. In the spring of 2008, I had 38 students. In the fall of 2008, I had 37 students. Spring 2009 looks to be the busiest yet, as I already have 33 students and registration is still open. I am pleased the courses are popular!
 
DALLAS DESTINY WINS USCL PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Dec 06 2008 (22:25)
On Saturday, December 6th, Dallas Destiny (a team comprised of UTD students) won the US Chess League for the second year in a row. I watched the Destiny's matches in part because three of the four players competing in the finals for Dallas were current (IM Marko Zivanic) or former (FM Igor Shneider and WFM Bayaraa Zorigt) students of mine in the Chess in Education Certificate Online Courses. Congrats to Dallas Destiny!

 

 
MONROI AND CHESS JOURNALISM PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Mon, Dec 01 2008 (00:00)

Over Thanksgiving break (November 26-30), I wrote three reports for Chess Life Online about The University of Texas at Dallas Invitational. Although I took hand-written notes when I watched players in post mortems, once at home I relied on the Chess Games tab of the MonRoi Web site. I learned that PGN notation from MonRoi can be exported to ChessBase. And, using ChessBase, I annotated games by combining the post-mortem comments with the MonRoi game score. Thanks to all the players for sharing their post mortems with me. It was also very nice to see so many of my current and former Chess Online students. Out of the 20 players in the tournament, 8 have taken one or both of my courses.

 
BOOK REVIEW, PART THREE, CHESS INSTRUCTOR 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Mon, Nov 24 2008 (11:56)


This posting is Part Three of my review of J. Bosch & S. Giddins (Eds.), The chess instructor 2009. Alkmaar, The Netherlands: New in Chess. Part One was posted on Monday, November 2nd and Part Two on November 9th. In Part Three, I pick out some interesting guidelines and quotations from the chapter Alexander Vaisman: Honoured Trainer of the Ukraine. Vaisman begins by discussing God-given talent for chess. In his opinion, some children have that gift and others do not.

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PROMOTING CHESS IN EDUCATION PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sun, Nov 16 2008 (01:49)

Over the past four days I have been promoting chess in education at the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT) annual conference in Dallas, Texas (November 12-14) and at the Turkey Tournament (1st through 12th grade, November 15) in Fairview, Texas. At TAGT, I was part of The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) vendor booth. We were promoting the UT TeleCampus online courses for educators; my books-Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators and Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving; the summer chess camps at UTD; and the full-ride scholarships available to

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BOOK REVIEW, PART TWO, CHESS INSTRUCTOR 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sun, Nov 09 2008 (01:22)
This posting is Part Two of my review of J. Bosch & S. Giddins (Eds.), The chess instructor 2009. Alkmaar, The Netherlands: New in Chess. Part One was posted on Monday, November 2nd. On November 2nd, I reviewed Van Wijgerden’s chapter, one of sixteen in The Chess Instructor 2009. Ten of the chapters are about training players who have lots of tournament experience and, in some cases, already have FIDE titles. The remaining six chapters, including Van Wijgerden’s, have tips, problems, book recommendations, and insights useful for those working with low-rated tournament players or chess beginners. In my opinion, more chapters should be devoted to training these less-experienced players. As noted in my books Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators and Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving, many K-12 students in the U.S. play chess casually.

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