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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.

 
GREENHILL CHESS #6 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Oct 23 2012 (23:38)

Each group spent about 15 minutes with me. When not with me, each group played chess games supervised by the Chess Program Director.

Pawn Game activity from Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving, including explanations of en passant and promotion but with time for only one trial. Also, continued Pawn Game after promotion to try to checkmate.

For Beginners and Experienced: Called on students to say pawn moves in algebraic as I made those moves on the demonstration board Pawn Game. Showed what en passant is and discussed promotion. Partners played Pawn Game and tried to finish the game with a checkmate we’ve practiced. For Advanced: Testing on White Ke1 + Qa1 (or Ral) vs. Black Kd5 checkmate.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #8 AND SCOTT WATSON TOURNAMENT RESULTS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Oct 19 2012 (22:53)

For the Denton High School Chess Club today, William Root showed his loss versus expert Dion Su. Su won the October 13, 2012 Scott Watson Memorial Tournament. William Root tied for 2nd through 5th and got 2nd on tiebreak. Denton High School was top high team. Seven Denton High School students participated on October 13. When showing his 32-move long game on the demonstration board (Smart Board), William paused three times (moves, 7, 19, and 27) for five minutes each time. During those five minutes, partnered up students used their boards and pieces to figure out what might have been played. William explained what was actually played and why.

 
GREENHILL CHESS #5 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Oct 16 2012 (20:22)

Each group spent about 15 minutes with me. When not with me, each group played chess games supervised by the Chess Program Director.

Basic Endgame Checkmates, part two

For Beginners: White: Ke1 + Qd1 + Rh1 vs. Black Ke5 checkmate.

For Experienced: White Ke1 + Ra1 + Rh1 vs. Black Ke5 checkmate.

For Advanced: White Ke1 + Qa1 vs. Black Kd5 checkmate.

In all cases, I demonstrated the checkmate on the demonstration board first. Since this is the second week on these basic checkmates, I called on students to play moves for both sides and just gave guiding comments to them. Then students partnered up to practice and to be tested by me, except for the advanced group which ran out of time for testing. Students have been told to practice these checkmates at home during the week. Students who are proficient can move on to more challenging basic checkmates (such as K and R vs. K).

 

 
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