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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.
 
FREE CHESS SEMINARS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Feb 10 2012 (05:39)
Free seminars, sponsored by the Texas Chess Association, with door prizes (books) from the UT Dallas Chess Program! Two Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14 seminars will be presented by Dr. Alexey Root. Times are Saturday, February 18, 7:00-8:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 19, 1:15-2:15 p.m. in the Seminar Room at Texas State Scholastic, Dallas Sheraton, 400 North Olive Street, Dallas, TX 75201. You can attend both seminars, as they will not be the same.
 
BRUCE PANDOLFINI, CHESS EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Mon, Feb 06 2012 (01:58)
Bruce Pandolfini will accept the Chess Educator of the Year award on February 23, 2012 at UT Dallas. Go to the UT Dallas Chess Program Web site for more information about this free event. Dr. Alexey Root will interview Mr. Pandolfini for Chess Life magazine. Do MonRoi blog readers have questions that you would like Alexey to ask Bruce? Post your questions in the Comments by February 23, 2012.
 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #16 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Feb 03 2012 (09:48)

Dr. Alexey Root showed a position from 1...d6 move by move (Cyrus Lakdawala, Everyman Chess, 2011, p. 13) to the Denton High School chess club students.

White: Kg3, Rooks a1, b4; Pawns b5, f3, g2, h4. Black: Kg8, Rook at c5, Ns c5, c8, Pawns a7, b6, g7, h6. Black to move and eventually tie White down to defending b5. Pairs of students worked out Black's dream position and then actual lines of black moves and white moves before Dr. Root showed the game continuation.
 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #15 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Jan 27 2012 (14:13)
Today Dr. Alexey Root showed a notated game played last week between two Denton High School students. Dr. Root stopped the game at various points so that chess club members, following along on their own boards, could figure out the best move or best plan. 
 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sun, Jan 22 2012 (23:20)
At the club meeting on Friday, January 20, Denton High School chess club members played notated games with each other. For the last 15 minutes of class, Dr. Root showed one of those games to the class, using the demonstration board. She pointed out good moves and mistakes. The students followed along on their own chess boards. Dr. Root had them pause at four different positions to find the best move.
 
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