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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.

 
GREENHILL CHESS #8 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Nov 06 2012 (20:47)
Dr. Alexey Root taught bughouse, from People, Places, Checkmates: Teaching Social Studies with Chess. Luckily, the number of children (24) was divisible by 4, allowing for six bughouse tables. After playing two games against the same team (switching who played who for the second game), each team took on a new team. Not all games finished at the same pace, though. One set of teams was still on game one while the fastest team managed to play at five or six games against three different teams. After the chess sets and boards were put away, there was time for chess Simon Says, from The Living Chess Game: Fine Arts Activities for Kids 9-14.
 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #10 AND SPECIAL EVENTS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Nov 03 2012 (19:18)

At Denton High School Chess Club on Friday, November 2, 2012, Dr. Alexey Root taught an activity about Space. Mr. Fred Mueller, the club sponsor, left to pick up the club T-shirts. After he returned, Dr. Root had the students pose with Mr. Mueller for a photo. Just before taking the photo, Dr. Root announced she had a surprise for Mr. Mueller. She presented him with her latest book Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14. The book is dedicated to Mr. Mueller, which surprised and delighted him and the chess club members. After chess club on Friday, six chess club volunteers and Alexey Root traveled to the Lewisville, TX Barnes & Noble to play chess against the public and for Dr. Root to have a book signing for her new book and for People, Places, Checkmates: Teaching Social Studies with Chess. Saturday, Dr. Root, Mr. Mueller, and nine Denton High School volunteers participated in International Games Day @ Your Library. At the Lewisville and Denton Public Library events, Denton High School chess players interacted with many people of all ages.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #9 AND UPCOMING EVENTS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Oct 31 2012 (23:10)

I missed the October 26, 2012 Denton High School chess club meeting because I was presenting at the Texas Council for the Social Studies. Twenty people attended my talk on Teaching Social Studies with Chess, based on my book. In my absence, International Master Doug Root played a simultaneous exhibition against 10 Denton High School chess club members. Here are press releases about two upcoming events for me.

Friday, November 2, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. volunteers from the Denton High School chess club will play chess against the public at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 2325 Stemmons, Lewisville, TX 75067. The event is free. The high school students will be accompanied

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GREENHILL CHESS #7 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Oct 30 2012 (22:16)

Each group spent about 15 minutes with me. When not with me, each group played chess games supervised by the Chess Program Director. I taught the Game Theory Challenge from pages 41-43 of my just-published book Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14. For the Beginner and Experienced groups, I taught the rules of castling and we discussed why chess players castle. Then I called on students to answer whether or not one could castle in a given demonstration board position and, if so, what squares do the king and rook end up on. For the Advanced group, who were familiar with castling, I went straight to “why castle?” and the questions about specific demonstration board positions. After the lecture with questions, all groups had a chance to play the kingside and queenside versions of the Game Theory Challenge in pairs.

 
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