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CHESS MERIT BADGE TOURNAMENT PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Apr 18 2015 (22:49)
On April 18, 2015, Dr. Alexey Root directed a Chess merit badge tournament from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (12:30-1:00 p.m. lunch break) at the National Scouting Museum. Requirement 6 was covered. (Previously, on April 11, Requirements 1, 2, 4, and 5 were covered and Requirement 3, the part about teaching chess to another Scout, was done by the Scouts on their own between April 11 and 18.) As on April 11, Dr. Root was very impressed with the Scouts. They took playing, notating, and analyzing their games seriously. Scouts were required to do a post mortem with each opponent after each game, with Dr. Root overseeing and commenting on those post mortems.
 
GREENHILL CHESS #8 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Apr 14 2015 (19:07)

For April 14, Dr. Root taught the beginners how to play "bughouse," which is the partner chess game that we usually have time for after the awards ceremony on April 21.

For April 14, the intermediate students finished on the King and Queen vs. King checkmate, which they studied before April 14 at http://www.chesskids.org.uk/level2/l2e.htm (Lesson/Quiz: King & Queen Mate). Some intermediate students have passed their King and Queen vs. King tests, and tested on the Advanced students' checkmate instead.
The Advanced students' checkmate is the King and Rook vs. King checkmate, which they studied at http://www.chesskids.org.uk/level2/l2e.htm (Lesson/Quiz: King & Rook Mate). The Advanced students who have already passed the King and Rook vs. King checkmate studied the King and Two Bishops vs. King checkmate, found here: http://www.chess.com/article/view/basic-checkmates-two-bishop-mate

The reasons for learning these basic checkmates are:

1) If you are ahead in an endgame, you need to know how to win. For example, if you have a king and pawn and your opponent has a king, you should promote your pawn (to a queen) and know how to checkmate with your king and queen vs. the opponent's king.

2) Practicing these checkmates helps students learn the differences among check, checkmate, and stalemate.

3) Practicing these checkmates helps students understand the mobility of the chessmen and how that relates to the value of each chessman.

 
CHESS MERIT BADGE WORKSHOP PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sun, Apr 12 2015 (09:38)

On April 11, 2015, Dr. Alexey Root taught a Chess merit badge workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (12-12:30 p.m. lunch break) at the National Scouting Museum. Sixteen Scouts attended. Requirements 1, 2, 4, and 5 were covered. Between now and April 18, Scouts will teach someone else chess (Requirement 3). And on April 18, Scouts will play a tournament, notating three games, fulfilling Requirement 6.

 
GREENHILL CHESS #7 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Apr 07 2015 (19:01)

For April 7, the Greenhill School chess beginners notated the four moves of the Scholar's Mate and learned how to defend against it. The Scholar’s Mate lesson plan is in Dr. Alexey Root’s book Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities.

The intermediate and advanced played the queenside castling (that is, 0-0-0, castling on the "queenside" of the board files a-d) version of the Game Theory challenge from Dr. Root’s book Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14. They notated their games. Dr. Root had pairs show her their notated Game Theory (castling) games and tested students on the K and Q vs. K checkmate (intermediate) and K and R vs. K checkmate (advanced).

 
GREENHILL CHESS #6 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Mar 31 2015 (20:55)

Dr. Alexey Root had Greenhill School chess students try the Game Theory challenge from Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14. The beginners were not required to notate, so they were able to complete both the kingside and queenside castling versions of the challenge. The intermediate and advanced were required to notate, and to demonstrate (by replaying their notation for Dr. Root) their kingside challenges. Thus they realized one important aspect of notation: It’s evidence of what was played.

 
INVEST IN CHESS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Mar 24 2015 (22:57)

Dr. Alexey Root was interviewed for the Invest in Chess blog.

 
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