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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.
 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #13 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Jan 13 2012 (09:28)
The thirteenth Denton High School chess club meeting of the 2011-2012 school year fell on Friday the thirteenth. At the meeting, I introduced progressive chess. Lior Lapid mentioned that chess variant to me at the Second Koltanowski International Conference on Chess and Education. In progressive chess, White moves once, Black moves twice, White moves three times, Black moves four times, and so forth. I showed the game White: e4 Black: c5 Nc6 White to move and win in three moves. One student found the Scholar’s Mate solution. Then we played progressive chess, which was fun and forced us to think several moves ahead.
 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #12 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Jan 06 2012 (09:44)
Dr. Root showed a position from Fischer-Sherwin (U.S. Championship, 1957), which was reprinted in the December 2011 Chess Life on page 43. She explained (and demonstrated) definitions of double check and discovered check. Then students had a choice of whether to solve the Fischer-Sherwin position or four easier discovered checkmate and double checkmate puzzles from her forthcoming book Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14. Two students of the 12 chose the easier puzzles. The rest worked on the Fischer combination, with everyone getting at least the first move right.
 
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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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