WIM Alexey Root, PhD

Alexey Root is a Woman International Master and the 1989 U.S. Women's chess champion. Her peak US Chess rating was 2260. She has a PhD in education from UCLA. You can find her books on chess on Amazon.com.

The FIDE Women’s Candidates Tournament

Kazan Chess Tournament

Right now in Kazan, eight women are competing to become the challenger to the current Women’s World Chess Champion, Ju Wenjun.

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Where to host a chess club?

FIDE Master Keith Hayward (standing)

In most cities, rents are high. So a full-time, dedicated building or room for a chess club may be unaffordable. But there are free alternatives. Libraries usually have meeting rooms. Cafés are another choice. This article highlights chess at libraries and at two cafés. From this article, you may get ideas for where a chess club could meet in your city.

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Chess Vacation of the Year! Contest

Saikhanchimeg Tsogtsaikhan

The International Chess Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada is known as “The Chess Vacation of the Year!” With tournaments, simultaneous chess exhibitions, lectures, a chess camp, and side events such as blitz, there is enough chess to keep anyone entertained from June 11-16, 2019. By commenting on this article, you may win a $25 gift certificate, good toward a side event entry fee or for merchandise/food from on-site vendors.

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Girls, Chess, Money, and Careers

Girls, Chess, Money, and Careers

One initiative to encourage girls is already in place at all US Chess scholastic nationals, including the JHS. That initiative is the Girls Club Room, where girls, their teammates and coaches, and their families are welcomed. The special guests at the Girls Club Room for JHS will be me (WIM Alexey Root) and WGM Katerina Nemcova. We will give simultaneous exhibitions, teach chess, and provide game analysis.

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Final Four of College Chess won by UTRGV

UTRGV chess team

The Final Four of College Chess was won by The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), for the second year in a row. Webster University (Webster) was second. The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) was third. And Harvard University (Harvard) was fourth. This article provides round-by-round results and two chess problems, taken from games in rounds 2 and 3.

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Final Four of College Chess – and YOU could be a Winner!

Pep Rally March 28 at UT Dallas

New year, new contest! Read on for which colleges are competing in the 2019 Final Four, coming up April 6-7 at the Marshall Chess Club in New York City. Predict the winner and the order in which the four teams finish to win a SparkChess Premium Live Membership.

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