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HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #18 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Jan 25 2013 (20:14)

Dr. Root had the following on the dry erase board today for Denton High School chess club students.

Notate your answers for 1-3 and play out Task A and/or Task B.

1)Using a black king and a white queen, create 8 positions where Black (to move) is stalemated.

2)Using a black king [not on any of the same squares as in 1)], white queen, and white king, create 6 positions where Black (to move) is stalemated.

3)Using a black king, white king, and white queen, create 10 positions where Black (to move) is checkmated.

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ST. VINCENT'S CHESS #3 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Jan 23 2013 (22:02)

January 23, 2013

Scholar’s Mate for Beginners and Intermediates (two separate classes; 20 minutes for the Beginners and 35 minutes for Intermediates)

How to defend against Scholar’s Mate lesson plan from Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities (chapter 3). Modification for intermediates: Had to notate the moves, 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Bc5 3. Qh5 Nc6 4. Qxf7#

Opening Principles for Advanced Players

Game Theory challenge from Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14. Notation was required. While students are paired up for the game challenge, I tested on K and P vs. K then promote to R (or Q) and win, K and R vs. K, and K and Q vs. K for those who had not yet been tested.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #17 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Jan 18 2013 (23:33)
Dr. Alexey Root reviewed what happens when the defending king can occupy the promotion square. That is, she reviewed last week’s lesson of king and pawn versus king draw and the Philidor’s rook ending. This week, students looked at what happens when the defender is driven away from the promotion square. Students tried white pawn e2, white king e4, black king d6, White to move. After students played through this ending on their own, Dr. Root showed what should happen. Then interested students tried the Lucena rook ending and then Dr. Root showed how to “build a bridge.” Other students not interested in the additional Lucena instruction, or who already knew that ending, played for fun.  
 
ST. VINCENT'S SCHOOL CHESS #2 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Jan 16 2013 (22:17)

I had a demonstration board and, nearby, one chess set for every two children for the “practice” parts of my lesson plan. The groups rotated to me (35 minutes each for Intermediate and Advanced and 20 minutes for Beginner) in the order of Intermediate, then Beginner, then Advanced. There was a parent volunteer in my classroom.

Pawn Day for Beginners and Intermediates (two separate classes)

Beginners: I taught the two-rook checkmate on the demonstration board, calling on students to make Black’s (the defender’s moves) and, after the pattern became clear, White’s moves. Battleship Chess (king and 4 pawns against king and 4 pawns) for the remainder

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HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #16 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Jan 11 2013 (23:50)

Today's topic at Denton HIgh School chess club was the King and Pawn vs. King draw and the Philidor's rook endgame. In each case, students tried the positions with partners then Dr. Root showed the correct patterns on the demonstration board. She also showed how the endgames are related to each other. This chess content is covered in People, Places, Checkmates: Teaching Social Studies with Chess. After learning these endgames, students had 15 minutes to play for fun.

 
ST. VINCENT'S SCHOOL CHESS #1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Jan 09 2013 (21:32)

Before I began teaching each group, I explained my expectation of their raising hands before they speak, in the lecture setting, to allow everyone a chance to think without the answers being given away. For the beginner group, I also stated that hands need to be in laps during lectures (rather than playing with chessmen).  I also mentioned that I will give a warning for inappropriate classroom behavior and that a second instance will mean that they need to go see the Chess Program Director. I had a demonstration board and, nearby, one chess set for every two children for the “practice” parts of my lesson plan. The groups rotated to me (30 minutes each) in the order of Intermediate, then Beginner, then Advanced. There was a parent

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