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ST. VINCENT'S CHESS #12 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Jan 08 2014 (21:30)

For beginners, Dr. Root reviewed on the demonstration board how to checkmate with a king and two rooks against a king. Then Dr. Root played a simultaneous exhibition (simul) against them where they had two rooks and a king and Dr. Root had a king. Students were in groups of two against Dr. Root and were told to decide together on their next move as they were waiting for Dr. Root.

The intermediate students acted out the king and pawn against king win while Dr. Root showed it on the demonstration board. Those who were not actors had to develop the theme of the show (cat vs. mice) and answer questions about what move was next. Then they played the ending against each other AND had to go all the way to checkmate when they promoted to a queen.
The advanced students played out a position that Dr. Root had against an expert player. The students notated their game fragments. Then there was a discussion of what actually happened in that game and how it related to king and pawn and king and rook endgames.

 
CHESS MATCH DENTON HIGH SCHOOL vs. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Dec 21 2013 (14:53)

The match was played December 21, 2013 at the Denton Public LIbrary, North Branch. Time control was G/75. The first name listed played White. 1-0 means White won. 0-1 means Black won. 1/2-1/2 means draw.
Official Games (where a UNT student played a DHS student) resulted in a 3.5-1.5 win for UNT
Mark Fincher (UNT, Junior, Math) 0-1 William Root (DHS, 12th grade)
Bryan Scott Stevens (UNT, Master's Music Theory) 1-0 Tony Gao (DHS, 9th grade)
Daniel Frohlich (UNT, B.S. Math December 2013) 1-0 Shawn Joss (DHS, 12th grade)

Tyler Joss (DHS, 12th grade) 0-1 Christopher Pride (UNT, Junior, English)
Caitlyn Vann (UNT, Junior, Forensic Science) 1/2-1/2 Noor Jebbeh (DHS, 12th grade)

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HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #12 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Dec 14 2013 (07:21)

Eight students attended the last Denton High School chess club meeting of 2013, which meant two games of bughouse during the party. There was food and soda available too. Next event is the Denton High School chess match against the University of North Texas, December 21, North Branch Library.

 
ST. VINCENT'S CHESS #11 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Dec 04 2013 (19:59)

Dr. Alexey Root taught the two-rook checkmate to the beginners. Then children partnered up to practice the checkmate or to be tested on it against Dr. Root. As children passed a two-rook test against Dr. Root, they became "testers" and tested/taught the others. Then Dr. Root reviewed the notated chess games of two pairs of intermediate/advanced chess players. Then Dr. Root organized a game of chess “Simon Says” to take advantage of the 78 degree weather (since ice is expected tomorrow). While Simon Says was in progress, the advanced students rehearsed their plays teaching the K and P against K win, which was taught last week. The advanced students presented their plays and then Dr. Root reviewed the pattern once more.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #11 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Nov 22 2013 (19:43)

On Friday, November 22, Denton High School students reviewed games played at Dallas Chess Club, practiced basic endgame checkmates, and played chess for fun.

 
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