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THINKING WITH CHESS: FREE SEMINARS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Jan 31 2014 (23:25)

Dr. Alexey Root is presenting two free seminars, sponsored by the Texas Chess Association, at the State Scholastic in Houston Feb. 8 and 9. The seminars are at 12:45 each day and in room 329. Ten participants in each seminar will each win a free copy of Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Jan 31 2014 (19:17)

Dr. Alexey Root showed the video of Bill Gates losing to Magnus Carlsen. Then the Denton High School chess club students analyzed the game in pairs to figure out where White’s mistakes were. Then Dr. Root led a whole class discussion which included points from the Chess Improver blog posting about this game.

 
ST. VINCENT'S CHESS #14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Jan 29 2014 (23:08)

Dr. Alexey Root had each group (beginner, intermediate, advanced) work on worksheets and basic endgame checkmates while she tested one or two students at a time on basic endgame checkmates (such as king and queen vs. king). The worksheets for the beginners and intermediates were from Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14. The advanced students solved checkmates in one from kidchess.com.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #13 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Jan 24 2014 (20:09)

Eleven students attended Denton High School chess club on Friday, January 24, 2014. Eight students solved the “three-on-three” pawn problem from Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving then played chess for fun. Three students went across the hall to train for the State tournament, coming up Feb. 8-9. 2014.

 
ST. VINCENT'S CHESS #13 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Jan 15 2014 (22:31)

Dr. Alexey Root asked the beginners if a black rook on a8 could stop five white pawns, on White’s second rank, from promoting if White moved first. The beginners thought not, so Dr. Root called on them to make the pawn moves and she made the rook moves. Then the beginners experimented in pairs with pawns all on the third rank, all on the fourth rank, all on the fifth rank, and with pawns adjacent to each other or not. After experimenting, Dr. Root led a discussion about where to position a rook to stop pawns and that pawns were stronger the further up the board that they progressed.

For the intermediates and advanced groups, Dr. Root allowed students to play in pairs or solo against her in a simultaneous exhibition. The students chose the start position for each individual simul game and had to notate the game.

 
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