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Dr. Alexey Root
CHESS AND ACADEMIC COMPETITIONS PRESENTATIONS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Dec 02 2014 (11:22)

Dr. Alexey Root will present twice at the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT) annual conference. Her presentations, both on Thursday, December 4, are Why Academic Competitions for G/T Students? Insights from Coaches, Parents, and Students (with Dr. Joseph Eberhard) from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and Chess for Elementary, Middle School, and High School Students (with Ann Boodt) from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. For the rest of Thursday, she will be at The University of Texas at Dallas booth (#419) in the exhibit hall, discussing her online courses and her books.

 
GREENHILL CHESS #10 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Nov 19 2014 (19:20)
The tenth and last meeting of the fall semester was for awards. A special cause for celebration was Greenhill School's first place finish November 15 at the "Fit for a King Chess Tournament" at the Episcopal School of Dallas, run by UT Dallas chess program volunteers. After the awards, Dr. Alexey Root supervised bughouse games.
 
GREENHILL CHESS #9 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Nov 11 2014 (19:51)
This week, students continued with the fork problem worksheet begun last week. Most pairs completed three or four more problems. A couple of pairs of advanced players finished the worksheet and played Battleship Chess, an exercise from Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators.
 
GREENHILL CHESS #8 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Thu, Nov 06 2014 (08:08)

Dr. Alexey Root taught forks using problems from Bruce Pandolfini’s Beginning Chess (New York: Fireside, 1993). Dr. Root demonstrated a sample fork position and had students define what a fork is in chess. Then pairs of students set up positions following instructions such as “W: Kf1, Qd1, B: Ke8, Ne4, Pe7. White to move.” After studying the position, students wrote the answer in algebraic notation. Then students raised their hands for Dr. Root to check their answers. Students understood that it was best not to show the answer (correct move) on the board, because then a neighboring pair could copy that answer. Also, visualizing the answer without touching the chessmen was good practice for the upcoming November 15 tournament. Two pairs in the advanced group were able to complete six of the 10 problems. Most pairs completed three or four problems. Next week’s lesson will continue with the remaining fork problems.

 
GREENHILL CHESS #7 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Oct 28 2014 (20:05)

Dr. Alexey Root gave one example of a checkmate and one of a stalemate on the demonstration board. Then she asked Greenhill School students to pair up and then create four checkmates and two stalemates. Beginner and intermediate students got to use a white king, white queen, and black king. Advanced students used a white king, white rook, and black king. For example, white king g6, white queen g7, black king g8 would meet the checkmate criteria for the beginner and intermediate pairs. As each checkmate position was created, Dr. Root checked the position. The pair that finished first over all six positions was acknowledged and given the “reward” of getting to practice getting to a checkmate position from the starting position of the defending king in the center and the attacking king and major piece on the first rank. Teams worked very hard to finish, be acknowledged by Dr. Root, and then cheerfully practiced their basic checkmates.

 
JOURNAL OF CHESS RESEARCH (ST. LOUIS LAUNCH) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Mon, Oct 27 2014 (21:25)

Dr. Alexey Root traveled to St. Louis for the launch of the Journal of Chess Research. While there, she got to visit the chess tourist sites (Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis and the World Chess Hall of Fame). Also, Grandmaster Susan Polgar showed her around Webster University, home of the national collegiate chess champions. A personal thrill for Alexey was seeing Fide Master Loren Schmidt, PhD, at the launch dinner. Loren was Alexey’s first chess teacher, back in Lincoln, NE when Alexey was nine years old. Her parents paid Loren $3 for an hour lesson, which was followed by an evening at the Lincoln Chess Club (another couple of hours). Today’s chess parents would not be able to get three hours of high quality chess instruction and play for $3! Loren and Alexey wrote letters for years after Alexey moved away at age 11. Alexey considers Loren a friend and an inspiration. She dedicated her Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators to Loren and to Dr. Tim Redman, who was instrumental in Alexey’s career at The University of Texas at Dallas.

 
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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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