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HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #23 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, May 09 2014 (19:24)

Ten Denton High School chess club students welcomed 20 students (and their parents and chess sponsor) from Newton Rayzor Elementary. The high school students taught small groups (2-4 students) the two-rook checkmate, the Pawn Game (or Battleship Chess), and UIL Chess Puzzle solving. The elementary students had time to practice. Dr. Alexey Root dismissed the elementary school students with a game of chess Simon Says. The activities taught today can be found in Dr. Root’s books.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #22 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Apr 25 2014 (19:14)

Denton High School students played bughouse. Three new members learned chess from the Chess Club Secretary. There was food, particularly lots of cookies. This was the last regular meeting of the 2013-2014 year. However, two more important events are coming up May 9 (visit of elementary school students) and May 24 (tournament at Denton Public Library).

 
GREENHILL CHESS #20 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Apr 23 2014 (06:35)
Greenhill chess students had their last meeting of spring 2014. Chess Director Cathleen Garcia passed out awards. Parents brought in food and took photos. Dr. Alexey Root supervised bughouse games.The club is for first through fourth grade students. Fifth grade students attend the middle school chess club.
 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #21 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Apr 18 2014 (21:18)
Denton High School chess students played Progressive Chess today (Scottish variation). White starts with one move, then Black plays two moves, then White plays three moves, and so forth. Dr. Root noted that a turn ends when check is given and that the checked king must use its first move to get out of check. And that it cannot move into check during its turn. The variant teaches students to make every move count and to plan ahead. Then students discussed the party for next Friday, the tournament April 26, and the visit of Newton Rayzor students on May 9.
 
UIL CHESS PUZZLE: MATH PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Thu, Apr 17 2014 (19:23)

book coverUIL stands for University Interscholastic League.Thanks to UIL and Texas Tech University Chess Program, Chess Puzzle is now an official event for UIL A+ Academics. Dr. Alexey Root is writing an article about Chess Puzzle for Chess Life magazine. Her book Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving provides activities that UIL Chess Puzzle sponsors can share with students to help them succeed at the UIL Chess Puzzle event. Here is one example. Some of the Chess Puzzle questions ask "Which side has the greater value of material left on the the board?" The chess and math activity "Balancing Chess Equations" helps UIL Chess Puzzle sponsors prepare students. The activity teaches students the values of the chessmen, how to add and subtract those those values, and how to determine the value of a group of chessmen.  

 
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