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CHESS ON FIELD TRIPS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, May 30 2008 (16:53)
On Thursday, May 29th, I was one of the parent chaperones on a sixth grade field trip to a local park. I brought along two chess sets and boards, and set them up on a picnic table. The table was one of many in the pavilion, which had a roof for shade and a view of the playground. Except for lunch, when I packed up the chess

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CHESS AND PETS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Mon, May 26 2008 (06:45)
RabbitMy rabbit Abba keeps me company while I write this blog, articles, and books (Children and Chess, and Science, Math, Checkmate). He was adopted from a shelter, and is litter-box trained. See the House Rabbit Society Web site for how to keep a rabbit as an indoor pet. In this photo, Abba poses next to a MonRoi flyer. I usually do not write poetry, but will share my poem about Abba.

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YURY SHULMAN, CHESS AUTHOR PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, May 21 2008 (19:49)
Before I recommend Grandmaster Yury Shulman's book, I congratulate him on his 2008 U.S. Chess Championship. I met Yury when he was a student at The University of Texas at Dallas. He was the chess team captain: intelligent, well-spoken, and interested in helping others. Now Yury has a chess school and has written Shulman, Y.

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NON-RATED CHESS TOURNAMENTS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, May 20 2008 (19:23)
Dana Mackenzie asked, after holding a non-rated tournament, “Should I be happy with running the one tournament a year and seeing the kids have a good time? Should I aim higher? Should I steer them into rated tournament chess, and if so, how?” I run one non-rated tournament a year too,

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PANDOLFINI FOR CHESS CLASSES PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Mon, May 19 2008 (13:05)

Taking problems from Bruce Pandolfini, Chessercizes, 1991, New York: Fireside and Bruce Pandolfini, Beginning Chess, 1993, New York: Fireside, I developed tactics worksheets for small groups (2-4 students) in my Strickland Middle School classes and my summer chess camps. I group problems by type of tactic. For example, one page of 10 problems might be all forks. At the beginning of class, I define and give one or

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