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HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #21 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Mar 09 2012 (09:05)

At 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, at Central Services (1307 North Locust, Denton), the Denton Independent School District Board of Trustees will recognize Denton High School chess club sponsor Fred Mueller, coach Alexey Root, and the four students who represented Denton High School at the Texas Scholastic Chess Championships. One of the students who played at that tournament showed his seventh round game. See previous blog posting (High School Chess #20) for how students present their games to the chess club.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #20 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Mar 03 2012 (08:46)

Using the demonstration board, Alex showed one of his losses from the Texas Scholastic Chess Championships to the Denton High School chess club. As is usual when presenting chess games, pairs of students followed the game on their boards. Alex paused his showing of the game at several points so that student pairs could analyze what should happen next at each of those junctures. As Alex said, about students presenting games, "We're working on our public speaking skills too, right?"

 
STEVEN DOWD DONATES TO CHESS CLUB PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Mar 02 2012 (04:58)

Thanks to Dr. Steven Dowd for donating 20 software titles and 4 books to the Denton High School chess club. His donation just arrived today, so chess club students will get to view it this afternoon.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #19 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Feb 25 2012 (00:36)
Denton High School chess team competed in the Texas Scholastic Chess Championships February 18-19, finishing as the sixth-highest team in the high school championship section. At Friday’s chess club, February 24, William Root showed one of his games from the event.
 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #18 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Feb 17 2012 (09:29)
Today was Darwin Yang day at Denton High School chess club, since Dr. Alexey Root found out today that International Master Yang would be participating in the Texas State Scholastic High School Championship section this weekend. Yang is the top player under 16 years of age in the U.S. and the number 6 player in that age category in the world. Since four Denton High School players will also be in Yang's section this weekend, chess club members played over annotated Yang games during club today.
 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #17 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Feb 10 2012 (09:32)
Dr. Alexey Root showed the first five moves of a game featuring the London System (chess opening) to Denton High School chess club students. The moves were 1. d4 d5 2. Bf4 Nf6 3. e3 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nd2 Qb6. The game was V. Sergeev vs. L. Cernousek, Jirasek Memorial, Rakovnik 2008 featured on pages 49-53 of Cyrus Lakdawala's Play the London System (Everyman Chess, 2010). Then pairs of students continued with move 6 and notated through move 20. Then Dr. Root analyzed the games with each pair after each pair's 20th move. Because most students played slowly, only one pair had time to try the opening again (another 20 moves, with switched colors), to see which side they liked playing more.
 
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And for the chess-player the success which crowns his work, the great dispeller of sorrows, is named "combination."

-Emanuel Lasker (1868-1941)



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