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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.

 
GREENHILL CHESS #3 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Sep 24 2013 (18:54)

Dr. Alexey Root showed a position where a queen and rook checkmated a lone king (just the final checkmate position). Then she asked pairs of students to try to set up a checkmate position using the White (Q, R, and K) against a lone black king. Some beginner misconceptions were revealed, such as putting a king next to a king or thinking that if you put an undefended queen next to a king that would be checkmate.

Intermediate students were shown how to checkmate with a king and queen against king which pairs then practiced. Dr. Root continued testing individual students (on King and two rooks vs. King checkmate from last week). 

Advanced students were shown how to checkmate with a king and rook against king which pairs then practiced. Dr. Root tested individual students on the king and rook vs. king checkmate. 

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #3 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Sep 20 2013 (18:34)

Dr. Root showed one example each of a fork, a pin, and a skewer to members of Denton High School chess club. Vice President Shawn J. wrote definitions of those tactics. Tactics are good for winning material, which then can lead to having a decisive advantage. Then Dr. Root showed the end of a game from Bronco night, where Black was ahead a queen and several pawns against a lone king but (instead of checkmating) promoted a pawn causing a stalemate. The moral was to finish off a game instead of promoting to extra queens.

 
ST. VINCENT'S CHESS #1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Sep 18 2013 (19:22)

Dr. Alexey Root taught the beginners from 3:30 to 3:50, the intermediates from 3:50 to 4:25 and the advanced from 4:25 to 4:55.

The Beginners completed the "Classify" activity from Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14.

The Intermediate students completed the Scholar's Mate activity from Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities. The students notated as part of the activity.

For the Advanced class, Dr. Root showed the moves and wrote the notation for this line of the Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation. Students followed along on their boards and also kept up scoresheets.

1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Bxc6 dxc6

(At this point, we paused so that chess club members could play out on their boards what would happen if 5. Nxe5.)

5 0-0 Bg4 6 h3 h5 (With another break for students to figure out, by working with their partners, how this move 6…h5 worked) 7 d3

(At this point, we had to wrap up class so students were asked to research what might happen in moves 7-10 for next time).

 
GREENHILL CHESS #2 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Sep 17 2013 (19:25)

1) Rook mazes for beginners. After Dr. Root gave a sample maze on the demonstration board, students set up a mazes for each other then captured each chessman in the maze with a rook. From Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving.

2) Two-rook checkmate for intermediates. This lesson plan is in Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators. Tested to make sure children learned this checkmate. About half were tested and the rest can be tested next week.

3) En passant rule and set up a "White to move and en passant for checkmate" position for advanced group. This “Create a Checkmate” lesson plan is from Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving.

 

 
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