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UT DALLAS CHESS CAMPS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Jul 03 2012 (06:18)

I am teaching July 9-13 (mornings) at the UT Dallas Chess Camp. (My name is Alexey Root and I am a WIM, which means Woman International Master). The camps also have a GM (Valentin Iotov), an IM (Rade Milovanovic), and another WIM (Cheradee Camacho) as teachers, in addition to Rheanna English, David Phillips, and Julie Blasingame. The camp director is Jim Stallings, head of the UT Dallas Chess Program. If your child is between 7 and 13, sign up for July 9-13 or July 16-20. I also taught at this camp last month (June 2012) and last year (June 2011).

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #28 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, May 18 2012 (08:04)

For the last meeting of the year, Denton High School chess club students ate and played bughouse. Bughouse is a chess variant. Since 15 attended, there were three bughouse games (12 players), one regular chess game (2 players), and one substitute when a spot opened in one of the games.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #27 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, May 11 2012 (10:23)

Denton High School chess club sponsor Fred Mueller ran the elections today. Prospective officers for 2012-2013 made speeches, votes were taken, and the new officers are Luis (President), Alex (Vice President), William (Secretary), Dimitrios (Treasurer), and Will (Historian). Then students played touch move chess with clocks, to get ready for the May 19 tournament at North Branch Library in Denton. If you are in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Denton area, please contact me for entry fee information for this event.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #26 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, May 04 2012 (08:27)
Denton High School chess club sponsor Fred Mueller ran nominations for next week’s election. Chess Club Secretary William presented the ending of the last game of the 1927 World Championship match between Alekhine and Capablanca.The starting position (Black to move) was White: Pawns f2, g3, h4, a5, Kg2, Rd4 Black: Pawns h6, g6, f7, Kg7, Rf6. William gave principles for playing the position and called on his fellow students for moves.
 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #25 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Apr 27 2012 (08:07)

At Denton High School chess club on April 27, 2012, I mentioned that I.S. 318 had won the National High School Chess Championship first place trophy, on tiebreak over Hunter College High School. And that the top scorer from I.S. 318 was Justus Williams, who appeared in the film Brooklyn Castle. My students had seen Brooklyn Castle on April 14. I said that we would watch Justus Williams (White) versus Kevin Wang (Black) in episode one of the Xtreme Chess Championships. Only four students were at chess club today, as there were several competing activities on this particular Friday. But they all knew how to read chess notation, which helped them succeed with this lesson plan. From YouTube, I showed the video from 7:58 up to where White has the choice of Bxf3 or exf3, at 11:22 (move 19).  1.c4 d5 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 dxc4 5.Qa4+ Nbd7 6.Qxc4 a6 7.Qc2 c5 8.0-0 b5 9.d3 Bb7 10.Nbd2 Be7 11.b3 0-0 12.Bb2 Rc8 13.Rad1 Qb6 14.Qb1 Rfd8 15.h3 h6 16.g4 Nd5 17.Ne4 Nf4 18.Ng3 Bf6 19.Rfe1 Bxf3 Then I paused the video. The students replayed the game (using the notation above, which I had photocopied for them). They discussed how the game had gone so far and what might happen next. Three of the four students thought Justus would win, even though he was behind on time. Perhaps they were influenced by my talking about his National High School result. Then I showed the end of the video. The students clapped when checkmate was delivered. I handed the students the notation for the rest of the game. SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read on if you don’t wish to know who won,

 

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HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #24 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Apr 13 2012 (08:04)

Dr. Root reviewed with the Denton High School chess club students the procedure for tomorrow, April 14, at the NorthPark Center Family Day (Dallas International Film Festival event). First Denton High School students will play each other at NorthPark. Dr. Root will make general comments about chess at this time, explaining tactics such as pins and forks, and concepts such as check and checkmate. Then six of them at a time will play the public. When a Denton High School chess club student meets someone from the public, he or she says, "My name is ...I am from Denton High School chess club. Would you like to play a chess game with all the chessmen or would you like to learn a chess drill?" Each student has a specific chess drill (suitable for teaching chess to a beginner) that they practiced with each other (along with their introductory speech) today, Friday the 13th. At NorthPark, on the 14th, six of them will be on duty at a time to interact with the public during this part of the NorthPark day. The other six can answer questions about chess or stay close to the chess area. 

 
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