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CHESS LESSON PLAN WEEK ONE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Jan 05 2010 (15:08)

This is the lesson plan I wrote for the January 5, 2010 first meeting of the after-school chess club at Strickland MS. In reality, the plan was followed. Clarifications about what actually happened compared to the plan or additional helpful comments on resources are added in [brackets]. Supplies used are in CAPS. The day went well for the 11 students that attended. A teacher also dropped by for the second half of the class.

Procedure:

I. I will introduce myself and emphasize that we are the SMS team. That is, we learn from each other through a rotating schedule of trainer-trainee days, ladder games,

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SCHOOL-DAY VERSUS AFTER-SCHOOL CHESS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Jan 01 2010 (10:45)
On Tuesday, January 5, 2010, I will begin my after-school chess club at Strickland Middle School. The club will be hosted by the Communities in Schools program. Chess club will be free and open to all Strickland Middle School students. For the previous five years, I volunteered teaching chess at Strickland during the school day from 1:15 to 1:55 p.m., known as advisory period. During the last two years (2007-2008 and 2008-2009), students had chess three days a week with me and study skills and character education with the paid teacher on the other two days. One advantage of chess advisory was regular, required attendance by students, which eased tracking progress and planning instruction. With advisory eliminated this year, I chose after-school for chess instead. What do blog readers see as the advantages and disadvantages of after-school chess club compared to school-day chess instruction?
 
LIVING CHESS GAME FOOTAGE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Dec 05 2009 (02:47)
Check out the video of the performance of the Living Chess Game, the culmination of 12 weeks of classes I taught at the Denton Public Library. Starting position, with White to play and draw: White: Kh8, pawn on c6. Black: Ka6, pawn on h5. Solution: 1. Kg7 h4 2. Kf6 Kb6 3. Ke5 h3 4. Kd6 h2 5. c7 Kb7 6. Kd7 h1(Q) 7. c8(Q)+ 1/2-1/2.
 
UTD GM AND IM CHESS INVITATIONALS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Nov 21 2009 (04:53)
I will be reporting on The University of Texas at Dallas tournaments, held November 21-29. Look for my first report on Chess Life Online at the mid-point of the event, and a wrap-up report in Chess Life. Jon Haskel has set up a Web site with pairings. Look for the link that says "UTD Invitational GM & IM Norm Tournaments." MonRoi will provide live coverage of the games.
 
NEWSPAPER CHESS COVERAGE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Thu, Nov 19 2009 (09:23)
Living Chess Game posterThe Denton Record-Chronicle covered the upcoming (November 24, 2009) Living Chess Game at the Denton Public Library. The online version does not include the photo at left, which is in the print version of the article with this caption, “Two participants of the Living Chess Game at North Branch Library pose recently in front of a poster advertising their finale at 4 p.m. Tuesday.” The nine-year-old on the right (in black and pink) drew the poster.
 
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