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HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Dec 07 2012 (20:15)
Denton High School chess club students set up a position from the UT Dallas Grandmaster Invitational (Round 8, Calugar vs. Chirila) and tried to find Black's 28th move. Round 8. White: IM Arthur Calugar. Black: GM Cristian Chirila. All games are on MonRoi under “2012 Fall UTD GM Invitational.” White: Kh3; Qe2; Rooks f2 and a1; Bf3; Pawns on c2, b3, and a2. Black: Kg8, Qe3, Rooks on g5 and f8; Pawns on e6, c6, b7, a7, h7, and g7.  Black to move. Then President Luis had students plan for a party next week and Dr. Root talked about this weekend's showings of Brooklyn Castle. Click on "Read More" for the solution to the given position.

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BROOKLYN CASTLE: WHERE ARE CHESS STUDENTS NOW? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Thu, Dec 06 2012 (08:21)

Dr. Alexey Root will be presenting a “Q & A” after the 7:15 p.m. showing of Brooklyn Castle this Saturday, December 8, at the Cinemark West Plano. To prepare for the Q & A, she researched what has happened to the I.S. 318 students profiled in Brooklyn Castle in the almost three years since the filming wrapped.

Pobo Efekoro, a junior at Forest Hills High School in Queens, is close to being an expert chess player (rated 1948, as of 12-6-12), top 1.6% of USCF-rated juniors under age 21. Expert is 2000-2200 under the United States Chess Federation (USCF) ratings. Master is over 2200.

Alexis Paredes, a junior at Edward R. Murrow HS, is a chess expert, rated 2067, is in the top .8% of USCF-rated juniors.

Rochelle Ballantyne, a senior at Brooklyn Tech, top .9% at 2057. Rochelle was just awarded a full scholarship to Stanford University, according to Elizabeth (Vicary) Spiegel’s Facebook posting.

Justus Williams, a freshman at the Bronx Center for Science and Math, last weekend (November 30-December 2, 2012) won the 9th grade championship of the U.S. His USCF rating as of 12-6-12 is 2348. Top .1% of USCF-rated juniors.

Patrick Johnston is a sophomore at Neptune High School in New Jersey. After a break from chess playing, Patrick is now playing "first board" for his high school. His USCF rating is 667.

Dr. Root's latest book, Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14, has an appendix about Brooklyn Castle.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #13 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Nov 30 2012 (19:57)

Students reviewed their games from the November 16, 2012 Dallas Chess Club Friday night G/30 tournament. Then Dr. Alexey Root announced an upcoming tournament that Denton High School students could travel to as individuals and three tournaments that Denton High School chess club will travel to as a team. Those three team events are Region 3 on January 19 (held at UT Dallas), Region 2 on February 2 (held at Hidden Lakes Elementary in Keller)….and SuperNationals V on April 5-7! For SuperNationals V, we will likely take only five students. All students were told to start training hard at chess now. A round robin tournament to determine who will go to SuperNationals V will be scheduled for Fridays during late January and early February.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #12 (UT DALLAS, DALLAS CHESS CLUB) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Nov 17 2012 (13:27)

Twelve Denton High School chess players, sponsor Fred Mueller, and volunteer chess coach Alexey Root visited the opening ceremony Fall 2012 UTD GM Invitational. The games are available, live, at MonRoi. The tournament runs from November 16-20 and Alexey Root will cover it for Chess Life magazine. The most spectacular part of the opening ceremony was the two game, two-minute match between Alexander Onischuk and Valentin Yotov. Onischuk won the Richardson Cup, winning both games. Speeches were made by Richardson Mayor Pro Tem Laura Maczka and John Jacobs, Sr. the Vice President of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce. After a stop for dinner, the Denton High School chess group continued to Dallas Chess Club where most of the students participated in the Friday night four-round tournament.

 
GREENHILL CHESS #9 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Nov 13 2012 (21:57)

Today was the awards day for the 10-week Greenhill School chess class. (I taught 9 of the 10 sessions). Director Cathleen Garcia handed out awards. I presented her with a copy of my sixth book Thinking With Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14. I also had all six of my books on display for parents and children. Greenhill School chess will resume February 5, 2013.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #11 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Nov 09 2012 (19:52)

At Denton High School chess club today, Club President Luis G. showed a game that he won at the Scott Watson Memorial Tournament. Luis paused the game at several points so that pairs of his fellow chess club members could analyze those positions. Alexey Root, volunteer chess coach, and Fred Mueller, chess club sponsor, made announcements about the trip next week (November 16) to the UT Dallas Grandmaster Invitational and Dallas Chess Club.

 
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