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Dr. Alexey Root
GREENHILL CHESS #1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Feb 10 2015 (19:31)

Dr. Alexey Root reviewed the en passant and promotion rules. Then pairs of students played Pawn Games, with a king and eight pawns per side. Students raised their hands if they were about to play an en passant capture so that Dr. Root could check to see if the e.p. rule was being applied correctly. After promoting a pawn or pawns, students tried to checkmate with their additional material.

 
CHESS IN DESERET NEWS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Thu, Jan 22 2015 (18:26)

Dr. Alexey Root was interviewed for an article about chess in the January 22, 2015 Deseret News. The article’s author, Eric Schulzke, wrote, “One educator who has taken this head on is Alexey Root, a former U.S. women's chess champion who teaches a chess education class at the University of Texas at Dallas.

In addition to her online education courses, Root's six books offer curriculum planning ideas for integrating chess into language and writing; math and science; visual arts; and the study of history, culture and geography.” There is more about Root, and about chess, in the article. Go to the link to read more.

 

 

 
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.

 
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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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