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COPPELL GIFTED ASSOCIATION CHESS CAMP PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Mon, Dec 24 2012 (11:58)

The Coppell Gifted Association chess camp is December 26-28. Information is at http://coppellgifted.org/register/ 

and spaces are still available. Dr. Alexey Root will be teaching at the chess camp.

The camp is for ages 5-12.
Camp description: Chess campers are divided into three groups so that each camper has instruction and competition at an appropriate level. For beginners, instruction includes the rules of chess, including castling, en passant, and pawn promotion. Instruction for the experienced campers includes basic checkmates, such as the two-rook mate. Some of the activities for the advanced campers include reading and writing algebraic chess notation and solving chess puzzles. In addition to instructional time with Dr. Alexey Root, a former U.S. Women's Chess Champion, all campers will have multiple opportunities to play chess games with fellow campers. Dr. Root's latest book is Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #15 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Dec 14 2012 (19:30)

Think Like A King donated chess software to Denton High School students training for SuperNationals V! Chess club today also featured a “white elephant” gift exchange, bughouse, and food.

 
BROOKLYN CASTLE: CHESS MOVIE SCREENING PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sun, Dec 09 2012 (00:07)

At least five students from my Chess Online courses plus the Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies from UT Dallas (my boss!) and around 35 other people showed up for the 7:20 p.m. screening of Brooklyn Castle on Saturday, December 8, 2012. The audience clapped for the film as the credits rolled. The post-film Q & A went well. I answered 20 questions before I thought I’d better say, “Just one more question” as I knew the theater had to be prepared for the final show of the night. The last question was, “What do you think is the main message of this movie?” I replied, “I agree with what I have heard director Katie Dellamaggiore say. Students will work hard and can succeed if their schools have resources. Support public schools and teachers.”  Earlier questioners DID ask what had happened to the students in the movie. So my research paid off when answering those questions! The Brooklyn Castle film also is showing Sunday the 9th through Thursday the 13th at Cinemark West Plano.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Dec 07 2012 (20:15)
Denton High School chess club students set up a position from the UT Dallas Grandmaster Invitational (Round 8, Calugar vs. Chirila) and tried to find Black's 28th move. Round 8. White: IM Arthur Calugar. Black: GM Cristian Chirila. All games are on MonRoi under “2012 Fall UTD GM Invitational.” White: Kh3; Qe2; Rooks f2 and a1; Bf3; Pawns on c2, b3, and a2. Black: Kg8, Qe3, Rooks on g5 and f8; Pawns on e6, c6, b7, a7, h7, and g7.  Black to move. Then President Luis had students plan for a party next week and Dr. Root talked about this weekend's showings of Brooklyn Castle. Click on "Read More" for the solution to the given position.

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BROOKLYN CASTLE: WHERE ARE CHESS STUDENTS NOW? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Thu, Dec 06 2012 (08:21)

Dr. Alexey Root will be presenting a “Q & A” after the 7:15 p.m. showing of Brooklyn Castle this Saturday, December 8, at the Cinemark West Plano. To prepare for the Q & A, she researched what has happened to the I.S. 318 students profiled in Brooklyn Castle in the almost three years since the filming wrapped.

Pobo Efekoro, a junior at Forest Hills High School in Queens, is close to being an expert chess player (rated 1948, as of 12-6-12), top 1.6% of USCF-rated juniors under age 21. Expert is 2000-2200 under the United States Chess Federation (USCF) ratings. Master is over 2200.

Alexis Paredes, a junior at Edward R. Murrow HS, is a chess expert, rated 2067, is in the top .8% of USCF-rated juniors.

Rochelle Ballantyne, a senior at Brooklyn Tech, top .9% at 2057. Rochelle was just awarded a full scholarship to Stanford University, according to Elizabeth (Vicary) Spiegel’s Facebook posting.

Justus Williams, a freshman at the Bronx Center for Science and Math, last weekend (November 30-December 2, 2012) won the 9th grade championship of the U.S. His USCF rating as of 12-6-12 is 2348. Top .1% of USCF-rated juniors.

Patrick Johnston is a sophomore at Neptune High School in New Jersey. After a break from chess playing, Patrick is now playing "first board" for his high school. His USCF rating is 667.

Dr. Root's latest book, Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14, has an appendix about Brooklyn Castle.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #13 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Nov 30 2012 (19:57)

Students reviewed their games from the November 16, 2012 Dallas Chess Club Friday night G/30 tournament. Then Dr. Alexey Root announced an upcoming tournament that Denton High School students could travel to as individuals and three tournaments that Denton High School chess club will travel to as a team. Those three team events are Region 3 on January 19 (held at UT Dallas), Region 2 on February 2 (held at Hidden Lakes Elementary in Keller)….and SuperNationals V on April 5-7! For SuperNationals V, we will likely take only five students. All students were told to start training hard at chess now. A round robin tournament to determine who will go to SuperNationals V will be scheduled for Fridays during late January and early February.

 
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