Chess Experts

 Dr. Alexey Root interviewed Dr. Kenneth A. Kiewra for ChessBase. Kiewra has researched the development of chess prodigies. Dr. Root was interviewed for Games World of Puzzles magazine, December issue. Since the interview was done before the Olympiad, Dr. Root predicted the US team would medal there. The US team took gold in the Open division of the Olympiad. Dr. Alexey Root was also featured in a Denton Public Library blog posting for her July 30th simultaneous chess exhibition at that library.
16 September 2016
  I (Alexey Root) saw the Disney film Queen of Katwe today. I really enjoyed it. The film has a heart-warming story and the actors are convincing in their roles. Queen of Katwe also has plenty of chess scenes to satisfy the chess players in the audience. One game featured a three-on-three pawn position (like the 3-on-3 activity in my book Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving).  Another game has a smothered mate, like a game I have in Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators.
  Dr. Alexey Root gave a simultaneous exhibition (a "simul") at the Audelia Road Branch Library, Sunday, August 28, at 2 p.m. Fifteen players initially faced Dr. Root. After three players finished and their spots were refilled, a total of 18 players participated. Dr. Root won 17 games and drew one game. She had no losses. Dr. Root sold six copies of Prepare With Chess Strategy. Her toughest game was the draw against Courtenay Thompson, who told Dr. Root before the event that he was about 1400-rated chess strength. Thanks to Librarian Liz Kwan, Library Associate Martin Moomaw, and Branch…


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