Here is my talk summary posted 2/1/09 http://metroplexmathcircle.wordpress.com/2009/02/01/chess-and-math-recap/
And here is the initial press release:
Metroplex Math Circle Announces Dr. Alexey Root’s Lecture on Chess and Mathematics, Dallas, TX, January 31, 2009. Dr. Alexey Root will present on chess applications of graph theory to secondary math education. She will highlight the concepts of domination and independence and show how they can be illustrated through chess problems.
“The concept of domination is one of the central ideas in graph theory, and is especially important in the application of graph theory to the real world” according to Watkins in Across the Board: The mathematics of chessboard problems. Dr. Root’s lecture will be held on January 31st at 2:00 PM in ROOM CHANGE: FN2.102 (Founder's North 2.102), at the University of Texas at Dallas.