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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).

 

 
GREENHILL CHESS #5 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Oct 16 2012 (20:19)

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: Taught 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).

 

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #7 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Oct 12 2012 (19:12)

Dr. Alexey Root gave a lecture based on the handouts Calculating Ratings and Guidelines for Post Mortems. The Handouts are available at the Denton HS chess club Web site. Then the Denton High School students played notated chess games, stopped them with 10 minutes left to go in class, and did post mortems on the games.

 

 
AUTHOR EVENTS: ALEXEY ROOT (CHESS) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Oct 10 2012 (09:12)

My presentation “Teaching Social Studies with Chess” is scheduled for Friday, October 26, 2012, 1:30p.m. to 2:45p.m. at the annual conference for the Texas Council For the Social Studies. I will feature lesson plans from my book People, Places, Checkmates: Teaching Social Studies with Chess. The conference is in Irving, Texas. Then on Friday, November 2, 2012 I will be signing books at the Barnes & Noble in Lewisville, Texas. That free event is from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and features members of the Denton High School chess club playing against the public.

 
GREENHILL CHESS #4 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Oct 09 2012 (20:17)

Basic Endgame Checkmates

Asked students what they remembered about last week's Wolf and Sheep. Pointed out that a queen is worth 9 pawns. Value is based on mobility. The queen (wolf) should indeed be able to win against the sheep with correct play.

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HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #6 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Oct 05 2012 (19:51)

On October 5, 2012, Dr. Alexey Root taught the Game Theory Challenge, a castling exercise from her forthcoming book Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14. Some students also played notated games, with chess clocks, in preparation for our forthcoming tournament on October 13.

 
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