Chess Program

Office of the Executive Vice President

Contact Us

Chess Program The University of Texas at Dallas 800 West Campbell Road, FO55 Richardson, Texas 75080-3021

Our office and team room are located on the ground floor of Founders Building, rooms F0 1.506 and 1.508.

Phone: 972-883-2898

Fax: 972-883-2896

 
Jim Stallings – Director

Jim StallingsJames “Jim” Stallings became director of the UT Dallas Chess Program in 2006. His current responsibilities include team recruiting, expanding chess in the greater Dallas area and administering the program components: the team, the club and the chess in education initiatives. He joined the program in 2004 as associate director for chess and education. In this capacity, Stallings’ primary focus was outreach to the local area and state school districts in assisting them with chess instruction to improve their students’ academic performance. A Dallas native, Stallings has played successfully in Texas and at collegiate chess events. He received his MBA in marketing from DePaul University in Chicago.

Contact Information

Office: 972-883-4899 Fax: 972-883-2896 Cell: 214-793-4967 [email protected] Student Recruitment Chess and Education Community Engagement

Luis Salinas – Assistant Director

staff-luis-salinas-2.jpgLuis Salinas joined the UT Dallas Chess Program in 2002. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. While at TAMU, Salinas was president of the university’s chess club.

Contact Information

Office: 972-883-2898 Fax: 972-883-2896 [email protected] Administration

Julio Catalino Sadorra – Coach

Julio Catalino Sadorra was named coach of the UT Dallas chess team in 2019. Previously, he was a member of the UT Dallas chess team where he achieved the title of Grandmaster and helped the UT Dallas chess team win numerous collegiate championships. After graduating from UT Dallas with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2013, Sadorra completed in numerous chess tournaments, including the World Cup Chess Championships and the world Chess Olympiad.

Contact Information

Office: 972-883-2898 Fax: 972-883-2896 [email protected] Chess Team

Alexey Root – Senior Lecturer


Alexey Root - Senior LecturerDr. Alexey Root is the author of Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators (Teacher Ideas Press, 2006). Root has a PhD in education from the University of California, Los Angeles (1999). Since joining UT Dallas in 1999, Root has taught education classes, tutored prospective teachers for certification exams, supervised student teachers and created and taught online education courses that explore the uses of chess in classrooms. Root teaches chess at elementary and middle schools, and at summer chess camps. Root was the winner of the 1989 U.S. Women’s Chess Championship.

Contact Information

Office: 972-883-2323 [email protected] Online Chess Courses

Tim Redman – Program Founder


Tim Redman - Program FounderTim Redman is a professor of literary studies in the School of Arts and Humanities and the founder of the UT Dallas Chess Program. He was twice president of the U.S. Chess Federation and played as a member of the Pan American Intercollegiate Championship University of Chicago Chess Team in the 1970s. He organized the Koltanowski Memorial International Conferences on Chess and Education in 2001 and 2011 and is a member of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) Chess in Schools Committee. After 10 years as program director, Redman stepped down in August 2006.

Contact Information

Office: 972-883-2775 [email protected] Program History

Phil Roth – Communications Manager


Phil Roth - Communications ManagerPhil Roth is the current media contact for the UT Dallas Chess Program.

Contact Information

Office: 972-883-2193 [email protected] Media Relations