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GREENHILL SCHOOL CHESS CAMP PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Jul 26 2014 (07:57)

Dr. Alexey Root taught at the Greenhill School Chess Camp July 14-18 and July 21-25, 12:30-3:30 p.m. each day. The first week she had 12 students and the second week 10 students. Two other coaches had other groups: One had a less advanced group and the other a more advanced group. In Dr. Root's group, most students (ages 5-8; entering grades 1-4 this fall) started the week knowing the names of the chessmen and how some of them moved but not knowing en passant, promotion, or castling. She taught (and tested on) the two-rook checkmate and the king and queen versus king checkmate. (A couple students each week passed those tests and were working on king and rook versus king by week’s end). After discussing that these basic checkmates are like sports drills, students practiced for their tests (how many moves to checkmate from a start position where the defending king was in the center) even during free-play chess time. Students also loved the chess “Simon Says” game introduced during a restroom break time on day one. They would play it in the hallway outside the restrooms (with one of them being Simon) on every subsequent day’s restroom break. To teach castling and en passant, Dr. Root used the “Game Theory” and “Create” challenges from her latest book Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14.

 
MAY 24 CHESS TOURNAMENT PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, May 21 2014 (10:27)

Thanks to those who joined Denton High School chess club players and tournament director Alexey Root at a non-rated tournament for middle and high school students on Saturday, May 24.

UPDATED: Results are at this link.


 

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #23 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, May 09 2014 (19:24)

Ten Denton High School chess club students welcomed 20 students (and their parents and chess sponsor) from Newton Rayzor Elementary. The high school students taught small groups (2-4 students) the two-rook checkmate, the Pawn Game (or Battleship Chess), and UIL Chess Puzzle solving. The elementary students had time to practice. Dr. Alexey Root dismissed the elementary school students with a game of chess Simon Says. The activities taught today can be found in Dr. Root’s books.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #22 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Apr 25 2014 (19:14)

Denton High School students played bughouse. Three new members learned chess from the Chess Club Secretary. There was food, particularly lots of cookies. This was the last regular meeting of the 2013-2014 year. However, two more important events are coming up May 9 (visit of elementary school students) and May 24 (tournament at Denton Public Library).

 
GREENHILL CHESS #20 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Apr 23 2014 (06:35)
Greenhill chess students had their last meeting of spring 2014. Chess Director Cathleen Garcia passed out awards. Parents brought in food and took photos. Dr. Alexey Root supervised bughouse games.The club is for first through fourth grade students. Fifth grade students attend the middle school chess club.
 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #21 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Apr 18 2014 (21:18)
Denton High School chess students played Progressive Chess today (Scottish variation). White starts with one move, then Black plays two moves, then White plays three moves, and so forth. Dr. Root noted that a turn ends when check is given and that the checked king must use its first move to get out of check. And that it cannot move into check during its turn. The variant teaches students to make every move count and to plan ahead. Then students discussed the party for next Friday, the tournament April 26, and the visit of Newton Rayzor students on May 9.
 
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And for the chess-player the success which crowns his work, the great dispeller of sorrows, is named "combination."

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