Richardson Public Librarian Vrena Patrick organized Chess Puzzles and Play from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, 2016. 44 library patrons attended, including eight students from Dr. Root’s ED 4358 and ED 4359 courses at UT Dallas. Dr. Alexey Root supervised the Chess Puzzles. Each puzzle sheet had four to six checkmate problems on it.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Alexey Root taught a Chess merit badge workshop and ran a tournament from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (12-12:30 p.m. lunch break) at the National Scouting Museum. Thirteen Scouts attended. One Scoutmaster adult participated so that the day had an even number. Requirements were covered but only 10 of the 13 Scouts were able to complete their badge on August 27.
Dr. Root taught eight chess campers, ages 6-8 years old, who had some (but not much) experience at chess, from August 1-5 at Greenhill School. Here are her outlines for each camp day.
Dr. Alexey Root gave a simultaneous exhibition (a "simul") at the Denton Public Library, North Branch, Saturday at 2 p.m. Ten players initially faced Dr. Root. After some lost, a total of 18 players participated. Dr. Root won 20 games, as two players played (and lost) twice. She had no draws and no losses.
Dr. Alexey Root taught at the Coppell Gifted Association’s MOSAIC from July 25-29, 2016. She had four students from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and a different four students from 10:30 a.m. to noon. All students were entering grades 4-8 this fall, which means that the age range was roughly nine years old to thirteen years old.
Dr. Alexey Root taught the older and more chess-experienced campers July 18-22 at Greenhill School. Class size varied from five to eight campers as some campers had trips or other events scheduled during the week. Here is an outline of her plans for the week.
Dr. Root taught six chess campers, ages 6-9 years old, who were beginners at chess, from July 11-15 at Greenhill School. Two campers had no prior knowledge of chess, and two others had a shaky knowledge, for example moving rooks like knights sometimes. Here are her outlines for each camp day.