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HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #21 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Feb 15 2013 (19:01)

Denton High School chess club students played notated games to prepare for tomorrow’s match against the University of North Texas chess club.

 
ST. VINCENT'S CHESS #6 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Feb 13 2013 (22:24)

I taught the “Coco Can’t Wait” activity from my book Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving (Libraries Unlimited, www.lu.com, 2008, pp. 69-71)

The plan was taught to the Beginning and Intermediate groups. The beginners were called on individually to provide moves (verbally, in notation) for Coco and Grandma, which I made on the demonstration board and wrote in notation on the chalkboard. Some students copied that notation into their scorebooks.

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GREENHILL CHESS #11 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Feb 12 2013 (22:44)

I borrowed Coco can't wait by Taro Gomi (1993) from the Blagg-Huey Library (Texas Woman’s University) Denton - Children's Collection - Big Books to teach the “The Knights Can’t Wait ” activity from my book Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving (Libraries Unlimited, www.lu.com, 2008, pp. 69-71) In its most straight-forward form, the plan The Knights Can’t Wait can be taught to first- through fifth-grade classrooms. It could also be a library story time for primary or upper elementary children. In those grade levels, students will comprehend the story, learn life lessons from discussing it, and learn how a knight moves.

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HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #20 (AND RECENT RESULTS) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Feb 08 2013 (19:34)

Denton HS chess team finished second at Region 3 (1-19-13) and finished first at Region 2 (2-2-13). Denton High School is located in the Texas Chess Association Region 2 so is now the Region 2 chess team champion. Both tournaments were covered by the Denton Record-Chronicle, the local newspaper. In the Region 3 tournament, William was first individual and Luis was tenth individual. Six Denton High School chess players competed. At the Region 2 tournament, three Denton High School players competed. William was second individual, Austin was third individual, and Luis was fourth individual. Alex showed one of his games from the Region 3 tournament. When showing the game on the Smart Board (demonstration board on a screen), he paused it at critical points so his classmates could analyze (on their boards) what should happen next.

 
ST. VINCENT'S CHESS #5 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Feb 06 2013 (22:12)

Square of the Pawn for Beginners (20 minutes) and for Intermediate Players (35 minutes)

Chess Etiquette and the Square of the Pawn from Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators.

Because there was more time for their class, Intermediate players got to try both the roles (problem creator and problem solver). Both beginner and intermediate students rotated to others, to try out their problems.

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GREENHILL CHESS #10 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Feb 06 2013 (00:04)

Square of the Pawn and Passed Pawns for Beginners and Experienced Players (2 separate groups of 20 minutes each)

Chess Etiquette and the Square of the Pawn, though with just one partner rather than rotating, from Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators.

Discussed passed pawns. Reprise of Battleship Chess from Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators.

K and Pawn on seventh rank versus Q for Advanced Players (20 minutes)

As of the end of last semester, some students could checkmate with a K and Q vs. K others could not. The exercise of K and P on the seventh rank versus K and Q provided new material for all students but also included (inherent in the exercise) a review of checkmating and stalemating positions with K and Q vs. K. The activity is in Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving and is called “Stalemate Surprise.”

 
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