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GREENHILL CHESS #15 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Mar 18 2014 (19:12)
For the Beginners, Dr. Root gave the students examples of what is stalemate and what is checkmate (using a King and Queen vs. King) as models first, on the demonstration board. Then Dr. Root said, “You have a king and queen. Your partner has a king. Set up 4 different positions that are checkmates and two positions that are stalemates.” Then they showed Dr. Root (one position at a time) the six positions they created.

For the intermediate and advanced, Dr. Root taught the Criteria Challenge activity from Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving (2008, pp. 28-30). The intermediate and advanced groups finished two of the four challenges and will finish the other two next week.
 
GREENHILL CHESS #14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Mar 05 2014 (14:20)

Dr. Alexey Root tested pairs of students on basic checkmates. Beginners were tested on king and two rooks versus king. Intermediates were tested on king and queen versus queen. There was not time to test some of the intermediate students and all of the advanced students. Before each test, Dr. Root offered to either show how to do the checkmate or go immediately to the test. More than half picked to go straight to being tested rather than having one-on-one instruction on how to do the checkmate first.

 
DENTON HIGH SCHOOL VISITS UNT CHESS CLUB PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Thu, Feb 27 2014 (23:33)

Five Denton High School students, a parent, and volunteer chess coach Dr. Alexey Root visited the University of North Texas Chess Club on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. All of the high school students are seniors and this visit gave them a chance to meet UNT students. One senior is definitely going to UNT next year and the others are still considering their options. Everyone played chess for fun. That is, we did not keep track of wins and losses.

 
ST. VINCENT'S CHESS #16 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Feb 26 2014 (20:59)

For the Beginners, Dr. Root gave the students examples of what is stalemate and what is checkmate (using a King and Queen vs. King) as models first, on the demonstration board. Then Dr. Root said, “You have a king and queen. Your partner has a king. Set up 5 different positions that are checkmates and two positions that are stalemates.” Then they showed Dr. Root (one position at a time) the 7 positions they created.

For the intermediate and advanced, Dr. Root taught the Criteria Challenge activity from Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving (2008, pp. 28-30). In each group, a mother came in asking for her child to leave early. In both cases, the child asked to stay to finish the challenge being worked on with a partner. The intermediate group finished two or three of the four challenges working in pairs. The advanced group pairs each finished all four challenges.

 
GREENHILL CHESS #13 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Feb 25 2014 (18:24)
Dr. Alexey Root taught the beginners how to checkmate with a king and two rooks against a king. The students volunteered the legal moves for the black king while Dr. Root maneuvered the white rooks on the demonstration board. Then students practiced the checkmate pattern with partners. The intermediate students learned the king and queen checkmate from one of their colleagues, who taught it the same way Dr. Root had in the fall. The advanced students learned the king and rook checkmate. Both the intermediate and advanced groups practiced the checkmates with partners. Dr. Root was able to test a couple of students from each group. With the students volunteering answers from their extracurricular experiences, Dr. Root also compared these basic endgame checkmates to the drills that students must practice in music (such as scales) and sports (such as dribbling in basketball). 
 
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