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HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #19 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Feb 01 2013 (19:58)

Since the Denton HIgh School students attending this week had not completed Task B from last week, they did so today. Task B: Black pawn on the second rank (vary the file), black king on first rank (in front of black pawn); White K on g5, White Q on g8. White to move and draw or win, depending on what file the black pawn is on.

After students experimented for about 25 minutes, Dr. Root showed the solution. The solution is available in many places, including in the activity "Stalemate Surprise" in Dr. Root's book Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving. 

 
ST. VINCENT'S CHESS #4 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Thu, Jan 31 2013 (09:41)

January 30, 2013

Queen Day for Beginners (20 minutes)

Explained the Wolf and Sheep Game from Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities. Black queen on d8, White pawns on original squares, White to move. If the pawn promotes (even if captured immediately after) the pawns win. If you are the wolf, you can say "yum" and rub your tummy when you take a pawn. If you are the sheep, remember to say “baah” if your pawn promotes!

Practice: Played Wolf and Sheep with partners.

Voted whether the wolf should win or the sheep should win, both before and after the exercise, and told to practice it at home. Pointed out that a queen is worth 9 pawns. Value is based on mobility. The queen (wolf) should indeed be able to win against the sheep with correct play.

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HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #18 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Jan 25 2013 (20:14)

Dr. Root had the following on the dry erase board today for Denton High School chess club students.

Notate your answers for 1-3 and play out Task A and/or Task B.

1)Using a black king and a white queen, create 8 positions where Black (to move) is stalemated.

2)Using a black king [not on any of the same squares as in 1)], white queen, and white king, create 6 positions where Black (to move) is stalemated.

3)Using a black king, white king, and white queen, create 10 positions where Black (to move) is checkmated.

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ST. VINCENT'S CHESS #3 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Jan 23 2013 (22:02)

January 23, 2013

Scholar’s Mate for Beginners and Intermediates (two separate classes; 20 minutes for the Beginners and 35 minutes for Intermediates)

How to defend against Scholar’s Mate lesson plan from Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities (chapter 3). Modification for intermediates: Had to notate the moves, 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Bc5 3. Qh5 Nc6 4. Qxf7#

Opening Principles for Advanced Players

Game Theory challenge from Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14. Notation was required. While students are paired up for the game challenge, I tested on K and P vs. K then promote to R (or Q) and win, K and R vs. K, and K and Q vs. K for those who had not yet been tested.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #17 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Jan 18 2013 (23:33)
Dr. Alexey Root reviewed what happens when the defending king can occupy the promotion square. That is, she reviewed last week’s lesson of king and pawn versus king draw and the Philidor’s rook ending. This week, students looked at what happens when the defender is driven away from the promotion square. Students tried white pawn e2, white king e4, black king d6, White to move. After students played through this ending on their own, Dr. Root showed what should happen. Then interested students tried the Lucena rook ending and then Dr. Root showed how to “build a bridge.” Other students not interested in the additional Lucena instruction, or who already knew that ending, played for fun.  
 
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