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HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #5 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Oct 04 2013 (19:00)

Dr. Alexey Root listed five types of draws: by agreement, stalemate, three time repetition, 50-move rule, and insufficient material. For the stalemate, 50-move rule, and insufficient material types she had students, in pairs, come up with examples of these draws. Then students played for fun and there were announcements about T-shirts and the upcoming Scott Watson Memorial Chess Tournament on October 12.

 
ST. VINCENT'S CHESS #3 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Oct 02 2013 (19:29)

For the St. Vincent’s Chess Club meeting on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, Dr. Alexey Root taught the "Mazes and Monsters" lesson plan from Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving to the beginners. While students set up mazes for each other, Dr. Root retaught and tested the two-rook checkmate with students.

For the intermediate students, Dr. Root individually tested students on the king and queen versus king checkmate while the others played Battleship Chess. (The Battleship Chess lesson plan is in Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators).

For the advanced students, Dr. Root asked if students had researched Max Euwe's analysis of the king and seven pawns versus king and seven pawns endgame that they practiced with each other last week. A couple of students shared their own analysis of that ending. Then students played Battleship Chess with each other while I tested a few students individually on the king and queen versus king checkmate.

 
GREENHILL CHESS #4 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Oct 01 2013 (21:01)

Dr. Root had all three groups play "the pawn game" which is simply king and 8 pawns versus king and 8 pawns. It is featured in Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving. When pawns promoted, players tried to use what they know about checkmating to try to checkmate their opponent.

While students were playing the pawn game, I individually taught:

1) beginners how to do the two-rook checkmate vs. a lone king

2) test (and reteach) intermediates the one-queen checkmate vs. a lone king

3) test (and reteach) the one-rook checkmate vs. a lone king to the advanced players.

Before the beginners played the pawn game, Dr. Root reviewed the normal pawns moves, captures, and promotion but did not cover en passant yet.
With the other two groups, Dr. Root reviewed en passant and ask them to raise their hands if it came up in their Pawn Games so that Dr. Root could double check that they were using that rule correctly.
Dr. Root also reviewed promotion rules with all three groups.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #4 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Sep 28 2013 (14:54)

Denton High School Chess Club President Alex presented about passed pawns and the square of the pawn. Then students played the “Battleship Chess” drill, from Dr. Alexey Root’s book Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators. Then students played for fun and listened to announcements about upcoming tournaments and activities. 17 students attended.

 
ST. VINCENT'S CHESS #2 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Sep 25 2013 (19:36)

Beginners: Dr. Root demonstrated the two rook checkmate and students practiced it. (Lesson plan is in Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators).

Intermediate: Dr. Root demonstrated the king and queen vs. king checkmate and students practiced it. Dr. Root tested half the students on it, individually. (More testing next week.)

Advanced: Showed the last three moves of a 10-move Ruy Lopez Exchange Variation opening. Then students played out an endgame that results from the Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation pawn structure. We discussed how the pawn structure choices you make in the opening have effects that stretch into the endgame.

 
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