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HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #9 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Nov 01 2013 (18:25)
Alexey Root holding People, Places, Checkmates

Today at Denton High School chess club, Dr. Alexey Root taught the Benjamin Franklin lesson from People, Places, Checkmates: Teaching Social Studies with Chess to three students. Four students played timed and notated games in a separate room. Seven students played chess for fun.

 
ST. VINCENT'S CHESS #7 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Oct 30 2013 (20:07)

Beginners and Intermediates: After Dr. Root gave four examples on the demonstration board, the beginners and intermediates created positions for each other. The positions had to either be check, checkmate, stalemate, or none of the above. After creating the positions in small groups, one “visitor” from each group visited the other groups to figure out their positions and rate the groups visited on politeness. Then roles were changed, so the visitors stayed at their home position to welcome others and new students got to be visitors.

 

Advanced: Luke presented his best game from the October 26 tournament, pausing the game at key moments so that pairs of students (following along on their boards) could decide what might be played next.

 
GREENHILL CHESS #8 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Oct 29 2013 (22:41)

At Greenhill School chess club on Tuesday, October 29, Dr. Alexey Root taught the Wolf and Sheep activity from Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities. For the beginner group, she taught the value of the pieces after the students experienced the power of the queen (9 points) against the eight pawns (each pawn is one point). For the intermediate and advanced groups, she added kings for both sides. Thus one side had a king and queen and the other had a king and eight pawns. Dr. Root had the students play until checkmate. While pairs were trying this drill, she also took individual students aside to test them on the two-rook checkmate, king and queen checkmate, and king and rook checkmate.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #8 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Oct 25 2013 (18:37)

William R. presented his final round game from October 12 at the Denton High School chess club meeting. His win in that game got him first place, and the $1000 scholarship, in the Scott Watson Memorial Chess Classic. As he presented the moves and commentary, pairs of students followed along on their own boards. William paused the game to allow pairs to figure out what might have happened next. At the end of club, Mr. Mueller and Dr. Alexey Root passed out permission forms for the November 15 trip to UT Dallas and to Dallas Chess Club.

 
ST. VINCENT'S CHESS #6 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Oct 23 2013 (19:17)

At St. Vincent’s School chess club, Dr. Alexey Root had the beginners play “Wolf versus Sheep,” a drill from Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities. The intermediates solved up to eight problems from worksheets from Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14. The advanced students took a “UIL Chess Test” and then Dr. Root reviewed the 20 answers of that test with them.

 
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