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GREENHILL CHESS #1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Sep 18 2012 (22:25)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 was my first day of teaching chess at the extended day program at Greenhill School, Addison, TX. Chess runs from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. each Tuesday through November 13. Three groups (beginner, experienced, and advanced) rotated to me during the hour. Before I began teaching each group, I explained my expectation of their raising hands before they speak to allow everyone a chance to think without the answers being given away. I also mentioned that I will give a warning for inappropriate classroom behavior and that a second instance will mean that they need to go see the Chess Program Director. I had a demonstration board and, nearby, one chess set for every two children for the “practice” parts of my lesson plan. I had a pad to write my name and the agenda for Rook Day for each of the three groups. Each group spent about 15 minutes with me. When not with me, each group played chess games supervised by the Chess Program Director.

Rook Day for Beginners

How does a rook move and capture? (lecture format at demonstration board, calling on children to answer questions)

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BRONCO NIGHT CHESS TABLE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Sep 14 2012 (19:45)

Two chess club officers and three chess club members volunteered at Bronco Night. They took turns playing each other and playing students and adults who stopped by our table during open house. Dr. Root believes that there will be a bigger attendance this Friday at Denton High School chess club because of the successful Bronco Night chess table.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #3 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Sep 14 2012 (19:44)
On September 14, 2012, Denton High School students practiced basic checkmates (such as king and queen against king) and openings before Dr. Alexey Root’s lecture on Material versus Activity. Then there were a series of announcements about upcoming events, such as Bronco Night (Open House on Monday, September 17), where Chess Club will have a table.
 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #2 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Sep 07 2012 (19:15)
For the September 7, 2012 meeting, the first general meeting of the 2012-2013 academic year, 12 students showed up. They paired up to play casual games, renew acquaintances, and meet new members. Dr. Alexey Root announced the October 13 Scott Watson Memorial Chess Tournament, November 16 visit to UT Dallas and Dallas Chess Club, Bronco night/Open House (including possible T-shirt sales), and the on-going Monday night chess club (North Branch Library). Secretary William Root announced that he is continuing to teach chess lessons on Sundays at the North Branch Library. Chess Club sponsor Fred Mueller was applauded for securing vans from the DHS principal for the October 13 and November 16 trips.
 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Aug 31 2012 (18:38)

For the first meeting of the Denton High School chess club for 2012-2013, on August 31, the club’s five officers met with sponsor Fred Mueller and volunteer coach Alexey Root. We discussed finances, wrote thank you letters to donors, reviewed our fall 2012 tournament schedule, and planned publicity. The first general meeting for this academic year is Friday, September 7, 2012.

 
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).

 
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