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Douglas Root
Number of games in database: 44
Years covered: 1979 to 1991
Last FIDE rating: 2465
Highest rating achieved in database: 2470

Overall record: +11 -14 =19 (46.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (8) 
    A46 D05 D04
 Sicilian (6) 
    B20 B40 B58
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (7) 
    E80 E92 E62 E97 E91
 English (6) 
    A10 A16
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Silman vs D Root, 1979 0-1
   D Root vs S Rubin, 1991 1-0
   D Root vs Silman, 1990 1/2-1/2
   D Root vs V J F Pablaza, 1980 1-0
   J Hudson vs D Root, 1986 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lone Pine (1980)

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(born Feb-12-1963, 58 years old) United States of America

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Douglas D. Root was born in Long Beach, California, USA. He was awarded the FM title in 1982 and the IM title in 1988. His wife Alexey Root is also a strong player.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 44  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Root vs G Ligterink  ½-½391979Lone PineE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
2. D Root vs H C van Riemsdijk  ½-½391979Lone PineA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
3. Soltis vs D Root  ½-½411979Lone PineC05 French, Tarrasch
4. Quinteros vs D Root  1-0271979Lone PineE91 King's Indian
5. D Root vs N Weinstein  ½-½381979Lone PineB20 Sicilian
6. Silman vs D Root 0-1381979Lone PineB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
7. D Root vs Browne ½-½421979Lone PineA46 Queen's Pawn Game
8. L Christiansen vs D Root  ½-½501979Lone PineE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
9. D Root vs Rajkovic 0-1221979Lone PineB20 Sicilian
10. D Root vs P Biyiasas  ½-½621980Lone PineC44 King's Pawn Game
11. Dzindzichashvili vs D Root 0-1461980Lone PineA05 Reti Opening
12. Gheorghiu vs D Root  1-0321980Lone PineE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
13. D Root vs Browne  0-1491980Lone PineE31 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, Main line
14. Liberzon vs D Root  1-0451980Lone PineB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
15. D Root vs V Frias Pablaza  1-0471980Lone PineD05 Queen's Pawn Game
16. E Michaelides vs D Root  0-1271980Lone PineA10 English
17. L Christiansen vs D Root ½-½761980Lone PineA16 English
18. D Root vs Reshevsky  ½-½281980Lone PineA46 Queen's Pawn Game
19. J Peters vs D Root  ½-½451981Lone Pine OpenC05 French, Tarrasch
20. D Root vs D H Campora  1-0551981Lone Pine OpenD04 Queen's Pawn Game
21. H Pfleger vs D Root  1-0431981Lone Pine OpenA10 English
22. D Root vs L Gutman  0-1461981Lone Pine OpenD77 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O
23. B M Kogan vs D Root  ½-½471981Lone Pine OpenE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
24. G Sigurjonsson vs D Root  1-0391981Lone Pine OpenA05 Reti Opening
25. D Root vs D Gurevich  ½-½541981Lone Pine OpenB20 Sicilian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-12-08  brankat: From Long Beach, CA! Mr.Root must <WannaBe>'s neighbor :-)
Aug-14-08  Prugno: He is apparently a university professor of biology, according to some American websites I looked up, and despite having played no tournament chess at all in the past 10 (!) years, this IM just came in 4th with 7.5\9 in the recent US Open, ahead of players such as Yermolinsky. Congratulations, an impressive feat!
Aug-14-08  euripides: As long as you haven't dug up your chess knowledge by the roots you can always come back.


Mar-02-09  crawfb5: Doug is indeed a professor at the University of North Texas. We were members of the Austin club together for a few years when he was doing postdoctoral work at the University of Texas.

I played him in one tournament game and lost (of course). I had better success against his wife, Alexey Root. If memory serves, I lost one and drew one.

Btw, when they got paired in tournaments they would usually agree to a quick draw in the interests of domestic tranquility. :-)

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  GrahamClayton: Academic achievements:

Here is a quick win not in the database:

[Event "?"]
[Site "Scottsdale, AZ"]
[Date "1981.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Root, Douglas"]
[Black "Adam, Bill"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 c5 2. b3 b6 3. ♗b2 ♗b7 4. ♘c3 ♘c6 5. f4 e6 6. ♘f3 ♘f6 7. e5 ♘d5 8. ♘xd5 exd5 9. d4 d6 10. ♗b5 a6 11. ♗xc6+ ♗xc6 12. O-O f6 13. exf6 gxf6 14. dxc5 dxc5

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15. ♘g5 1-0

Source: Bill Wall, "500 Sicilian Miniatures", Chess Enterprises Inc, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, 1983.

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  FSR: Surely we should be able to make a good Root pun. Root of All Evil? Root Beer? Rooted Out?
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  Phony Benoni: I will certainly root for you. Root-a-toot-toot.

I must send in the game he won vs. Anatoly Lein at the 1978 US Open.

Mar-29-12  cjrubiks: He was actually one of the "West Covina Whiz Kids" in the early to mid 70s, along with Perry Youngworth, and I think, one other, whose name escapes me. The West Covina club was one of the strongest in SoCal at the time, and regularly hosted some very competitive tournaments.
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  whiteshark: "Back in the 80's, I [ Cyrus Lakdawala ] asked my friend <IM Doug Root> why he played Classical French rather than the Winawer. He answered: <"I like my dark squares!">"

- Cyrus Lakdawala The Classical French - move by move

Apr-28-15  offramp: √64
Apr-22-18  wrap99: I remember Doug when he was about 13 or 14, a strong junior. He is now an academic, I think not biology but some engineering field. (Maybe some bio-engineering.) A very bright, quiet kid. Not the only good young chess player who has gone on to accomplish things outside of chess.

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