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GREENHILL CHESS #3 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Mar 03 2015 (19:56)

Dr. Alexey Root individually tested beginners on the king and two rooks checkmate. While she was testing, students practiced that checkmate. Since about half of them successfully tested, she showed the king and queen versus king mate to them at the end of their 20 minutes. Dr. Root individually tested the intermediate students on the king and queen versus king checkmate and the advanced students on the king and rook versus king checkmate.

 
GREENHILL CHESS #2 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Feb 17 2015 (19:51)

Dr. Alexey Root set up the king and two rook checkmate on the demonstration board for the beginners at Greenhill School. She played the White side and called on individual students to tell legal moves for the black king (using algebraic notation). After she checkmated, she played the Black side (the lone king) and called on individual students to state moves for White in notation. After the students checkmated, they practiced the checkmate with each other and four of the eight students had time to individually test with Dr. Root. For the intermediate students, Dr. Alexey Root set up the king and queen checkmate on the demonstration board and called on individual students to call out moves in notation for the lone king. When there was a mate in one (three different ways), she asked students to try to solve it then called on them for their solutions. Then students practiced the checkmate with each other. For the advanced students, Dr. Alexey Root set up the king and one rook checkmate on the demonstration board. She called on individual students to state moves for both White and Black, offering suggestions occasionally. When mate in two was imminent, she asked students to try to solve it then called on them for their solutions. Then students practiced the checkmate with each other.

 
GREENHILL CHESS #1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Feb 10 2015 (19:31)

Dr. Alexey Root reviewed the en passant and promotion rules. Then pairs of students played Pawn Games, with a king and eight pawns per side. Students raised their hands if they were about to play an en passant capture so that Dr. Root could check to see if the e.p. rule was being applied correctly. After promoting a pawn or pawns, students tried to checkmate with their additional material.

 
CHESS IN DESERET NEWS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Thu, Jan 22 2015 (18:26)

Dr. Alexey Root was interviewed for an article about chess in the January 22, 2015 Deseret News. The article’s author, Eric Schulzke, wrote, “One educator who has taken this head on is Alexey Root, a former U.S. women's chess champion who teaches a chess education class at the University of Texas at Dallas.

In addition to her online education courses, Root's six books offer curriculum planning ideas for integrating chess into language and writing; math and science; visual arts; and the study of history, culture and geography.” There is more about Root, and about chess, in the article. Go to the link to read more.

 

 

 
CHESS AND ACADEMIC COMPETITIONS PRESENTATIONS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Dec 02 2014 (11:22)

Dr. Alexey Root will present twice at the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT) annual conference. Her presentations, both on Thursday, December 4, are Why Academic Competitions for G/T Students? Insights from Coaches, Parents, and Students (with Dr. Joseph Eberhard) from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and Chess for Elementary, Middle School, and High School Students (with Ann Boodt) from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. For the rest of Thursday, she will be at The University of Texas at Dallas booth (#419) in the exhibit hall, discussing her online courses and her books.

 
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