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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).

 

 
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.

 
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