Hello fellow Texas chess fans,

I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season. I want to thank all of our contributors for this edition, especially Dr. Alexey Root, PhD, WIM for her new book review column as well as NM Christopher Toolin for his new Texas chess history column. Texas Knights does not survive without submissions from our contributors so I cannot thank them both enough for their willingness to add to the rich tapestry of Texas Knights content. Of course, we want your submissions too. If you have an article, photo, tournament result, story or an interesting game for publication, please send it to txknightsed@gmail.com. For photos, please include pertinent information such as date, event, who’s in the photo and who should get credit for taking it. Texas Knights is your magazine so the more contributions, the better. Thank you!

December kicked off the 2019-2020 US Chess national scholastic chess tournament season with the National K-12 Grade Championship held in Orlando, FL at the Walt Disney World’s Coronado Springs Resort.

I was onsite as a floor TD working the kindergarten and first grade sections as well as the eighth and ninth grade sections. With 1,783 players (including 48 from Texas) it was truly a magnificent sight. The organizers did such an outstanding job and the players were fantastic! Thank you to all the parents and coaches for helping to make the event such a huge success.

I even got to meet someone very cool after the awards ceremony. GM Varuzhan Akobian was on hand at the tournament and participated in multiple events including a 20 board simul and an all comers blitz challenge, just to name a couple.

I hope you that all have an outstanding new year, and I hope to see as many of you as possible over the upcoming months! Until next time, happy chess!

Louis Reed