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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. 

 
CHESS BOOKS AT TEXAS LIBRARY ASSOCIATION PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Thu, Apr 12 2012 (20:55)

Dr. Alexey Root will be signing her books in booth 1503 (ABC-CLIO) at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference on  Wednesday, April 18 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
and Thursday, April 19 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. The conference is at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #23 BROOKLYN CASTLE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Mar 30 2012 (08:35)

Denton High School chess club members will be participating in a chess exhibition 12:00-1:30 p.m. April 14 at NorthPark Center, hosted by Brooklyn Castle and the Dallas Film Society. The exhibition is free. There is also a showing of Brooklyn Castle at 4 p.m. that day, $10/ticket, at the Angelika Film Center. Dr. Root showed the clip of Brooklyn Castle available at its Web site. Plans for the trip were discussed and the students are excited about it.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #22 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Mar 16 2012 (11:14)

Dr. Alexey Root presented a page about “loss aversion” from Andrew Soltis’s forthcoming book What it takes to become a chess master to Denton High School chess club members. In chess, as in life, “people have stronger feelings about losing than about winning.” Both class players and masters fight when losing. As in the game presented last week, however, class players tend to relax when they are winning. In contrast, masters keep pressing. Students examined a position from the Soltis book that accompanied the loss aversion text. There was also time for some chess games for fun. No chess club next week, due to Spring Break.

 
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.

 
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