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CHESS MERIT BADGE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Jul 29 2015 (07:27)

Dr. Alexey Root taught at the UT Dallas chess camp and the Coppell Gifted Association MOSAIC program this summer. Next on her schedule is a Chess merit badge workshop (August 8) and tournament (August 15) at the National Scouting Museum. Registration is available at http://www.bsamuseum.org/Programs/Advancement/BoyScoutPrograms.aspx and you do not need to be a Boy Scout to register and attend.  However, Boy Scouts looking to earn their Chess merit badges are the target audience.

 
TALKSTEM CHESS INTERVIEW PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, May 19 2015 (22:38)

Koshi Dhingra of talkSTEM posted her interview with Dr. Alexey Root.

 
GREENHILL CHESS #9 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Apr 21 2015 (19:08)

April 21, 2015 was the last session of Greenhill School “Chess-Playing for the Enjoyment” for spring semester 2015. Dr. Alexey Root handed out awards. Then children and parents enjoyed refreshments. Cathleen Garcia, organizer of the club, missed the last session due to suffering a broken wrist earlier in the day. Cathleen Garcia is taking a new position in Madagascar this fall. She will be missed at Greenhill School chess club, where she inspired the children with her enthusiasm. She also kept everyone paired in chess games and organized all the supplies too.

 
CHESS MERIT BADGE TOURNAMENT PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Apr 18 2015 (22:49)
On April 18, 2015, Dr. Alexey Root directed a Chess merit badge tournament from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (12:30-1:00 p.m. lunch break) at the National Scouting Museum. Requirement 6 was covered. (Previously, on April 11, Requirements 1, 2, 4, and 5 were covered and Requirement 3, the part about teaching chess to another Scout, was done by the Scouts on their own between April 11 and 18.) As on April 11, Dr. Root was very impressed with the Scouts. They took playing, notating, and analyzing their games seriously. Scouts were required to do a post mortem with each opponent after each game, with Dr. Root overseeing and commenting on those post mortems.
 
GREENHILL CHESS #8 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Apr 14 2015 (19:07)

For April 14, Dr. Root taught the beginners how to play "bughouse," which is the partner chess game that we usually have time for after the awards ceremony on April 21.

For April 14, the intermediate students finished on the King and Queen vs. King checkmate, which they studied before April 14 at http://www.chesskids.org.uk/level2/l2e.htm (Lesson/Quiz: King & Queen Mate). Some intermediate students have passed their King and Queen vs. King tests, and tested on the Advanced students' checkmate instead.
The Advanced students' checkmate is the King and Rook vs. King checkmate, which they studied at http://www.chesskids.org.uk/level2/l2e.htm (Lesson/Quiz: King & Rook Mate). The Advanced students who have already passed the King and Rook vs. King checkmate studied the King and Two Bishops vs. King checkmate, found here: http://www.chess.com/article/view/basic-checkmates-two-bishop-mate

The reasons for learning these basic checkmates are:

1) If you are ahead in an endgame, you need to know how to win. For example, if you have a king and pawn and your opponent has a king, you should promote your pawn (to a queen) and know how to checkmate with your king and queen vs. the opponent's king.

2) Practicing these checkmates helps students learn the differences among check, checkmate, and stalemate.

3) Practicing these checkmates helps students understand the mobility of the chessmen and how that relates to the value of each chessman.

 
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