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CHESS ADVISORY STUDENTS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Sep 16 2008 (23:01)
Although there are officially 21 students in Strickland Middle School chess advisory, three of those had a grade below 70 on their 3-week progress report. So I am starting chess advisory with 18 students. Of those, eight are returning students from

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STRICKLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL CHESS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Sep 10 2008 (14:30)
I will be volunteering as a chess teacher at Strickland Middle School (SMS). Chess will be held during advisory period, 1:10-1:55 p.m. every day, starting next week.

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UTD Chess Club PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Sep 05 2008 (23:34)
Friday, September 5th, I attended a meeting of The University of Texas at Dallas chess club. I saw two of my current Chess Online students, Mihail Bantic and IM Marko Zivanic. I also saw former students IM John Bartholomew, IM Drasko Boskovic, WFM Lilia Doibani, FM Keaton Kiewra, FM Igor Schneider, and WFM Bayaraa Zorigt. Although

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TEXAS CHESS ASSOCIATION MEETING PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sun, Aug 31 2008 (10:12)

I attended the Texas Chess Association business meeting this morning. The TCA meeting was at 10 a.m., before the 12:30 fourth round of the Southwest Open. After the election results were reported, the four new board members took their places: President Clemente Rendon, Vice President Lakshmana Viswanath “Vish,” Treasurer Barbara Swafford, and Secretary Robert Sturgeon. Luis Salinas had several motions, mostly bids for upcoming events and recognition and stipends for Texas scholastic players in international events. Bids were accepted, recognition passed, and stipend requests were referred to the TCA board. Clemente Rendon made a motion for the Texas Knights editor's salary to rise from $300 to $400 per issue. That motion passed. Most of the rest of the meeting was discussion. Around 10 people, in addition to the four-person board, attended.

 
CHESS AND MARCHING BAND PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Aug 30 2008 (11:34)
Friday night was the first football game of the season for Denton HS, and therefore also the first outing for the marching band. My daughter Clarissa is Marching Officer for the trombones. She pointed out that there are at least two similarities between marching and algebraic notation. First, marchers find their spots on the field by a combination of file-first, then rank. Second, marchers are identified by letter and number. Unlike chess, though, the letter and number stay with the marcher throughout. Clarissa is b1, and the other four trombones are b2-b5. More chess and band connections: At the last band party, chess and scrabble (and some video games) were played.
 
CHESS TOURNAMENT RESULTS AND A GAME PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Mon, Aug 25 2008 (13:45)

My son William and I played in the Denton Sunday Frolics #16 yesterday. William was the top-rated player in the intermediate (under 1300) section, and he won 3-0. Now he is rated 1318. I was the top-rated player in the Open section. After winning my first two games, I played the following game against 1884-rated Jonathan Cearley in

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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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