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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.  

 
ST. VINCENT'S CHESS #19 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Apr 16 2014 (22:09)
This was the last chess day for spring 2014 for St. Vincent's chess. There was pizza and all the students stayed together rather than separating into three groups by level. Dr. Root taught Progressive Chess (Scottish variation). Briefly,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. Students played Progressive chess. Then some students switched from Progressive Chess to bughouse for the last 30 minutes.
 
GREENHILL CHESS #19 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Apr 15 2014 (21:03)
Greenhill chess students played Progressive Chess today (Scottish variation). Briefly,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.
 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #20 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Apr 11 2014 (22:01)

On another free day at Denton High School chess club, Dr. Alexey Root finished her game against a group of students. Two other students tried a UIL chess problem solving test. Three students planned activities for tomorrow’s outing at Arts in Bloom in McKinney. And four other students played a chess variant (Knightmare Chess).

 
CHESS WITH ALEXEY ROOT PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Apr 09 2014 (18:26)

Dr. Alexey Root will be appearing April 10 and April 12 at huge gatherings. On April 10, Dr. Root is signing her books about chess in education (and libraries!) at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference. Look for Alexey Root in the exhibit hall in the ABC-CLIO/Libraries Unlimited booths, 2122 and 2123, on Thursday, April 10. A complete list of authors at the conference can be found at this link. Thanks to ABC-CLIO and Libraries Unlimited for the invitation to present at 10 a.m. and then to sign books afterward.

On April 12, 5,000 people are expected for Arts in Bloom in McKinney. Look for Dr. Root and the Denton High School Chess Club at a chess booth featuring Dr. Root's books, a Giant Chess Game, and multiple chess games on regular boards too. Thanks to McKinney Chess and Susan Berger for inviting Dr. Root and Denton High School Chess Club to this festival.

 
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