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HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #8 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Nov 04 2011 (08:48)
Chess club members learned how to draw with black from this position: White: Ke3, Pe4 Black: Ke5. For those who missed the previous week, I taught how to win when White has a Ke3, Pe2, Black has a Kf5 and it is White to move. After promoting, then White checkmates with a king and queen against king. After learning the king and pawn against king endgames, chess club members tried a problem from "Developing Chess Talent: Creating a chess culture by coaching, training, organization and communication" by Karel van Delft and IM Merijn van Delft, with a foreword by GM Artur Yusupov. The problem is White to move and win: White has a Kh2 and pawns on e4 and g4. Black has a Kf2 and Pf6. The problem combines some ideas from what we practiced last week and this week. 
 
DEVELOPING CHESS TALENT (BOOK REVIEW) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Nov 04 2011 (00:22)

I recommend the book "Developing Chess Talent: Creating a chess culture by coaching, training, organization and communication" by Karel van Delft and IM Merijn van Delft, with a foreword by GM Artur Yusupov. As I read this book, I keep sticky notes handy to mark passages. Here are four of those, paraphrased by me:

 

1      A chess training program is only effective if the trainee realizes its use and helps design it.

2      If a young chess player gets restless waiting for you to set up chess positions, have the youngster set up the positions.

3      Beginning young players play quickly because they don’t know what to think about during a game. It does not help, therefore, to simply tell them to slow down.

4      If a youth or school chess club has two groups of different levels, have the non-chess playing parent supervise a chess-playing session and the chess trainer teach the other group. Then the two groups can switch places.

 

Long before I read this book, I implemented these four ideas in my own teaching

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CHESS AND EDUCATION CONFERENCE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Nov 02 2011 (11:56)

The Second Koltanowski International Conference on Chess and Education will be held in Dallas, at the Hilton Anatole, November 18-19, 2011. For more information, read my article on Chess Life Online.  I am Associate Chair for the conference.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #7 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Oct 28 2011 (08:09)
Three of my Denton High School USCF-rated players know how to win king and pawn versus king, where White’s pawn is on e2, White's king is on e3 and Black’s king is on f5 with White to move. Each of them taught one small group (three to four other students) how to go from that starting position all the way to checkmate. I worked with one late-arriving student one-on-one on the same task. The rated players seemed to enjoy training the others in this important endgame.
 
DENTON HIGH SCHOOL TAKES FIRST PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Oct 22 2011 (09:50)
Denton HS chess team takes first

Denton High School (DHS) chess club members participated in the High School Open and non-rated sections of the Fort Worth Academy Scholastic Tournament on October 22, 2011. In the High School Open, the DHS team took first. Individual students’ results were: William Root, first place individual, 4.5 points out of 5; Austin McGregor, 3 points, Luis Guevara, 2 points, Alex Elizalde, 1 point. A win is worth one point and a draw is worth .5 points. In the non-rated section, DHS student Shawn Joss took second place individual with 4 out of 5. On the left in the photo are Chess Club sponsor Fred Mueller and Chess Coach Alexey Root.

 
HIGH SCHOOL AND LIBRARY CHESS #6 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Oct 21 2011 (09:40)
I presented a problem featured in my forthcoming book Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14 (Mongoose Press, 2012). Here’s the problem, which I borrowed from Guliev, S. (2003). The manual of chess endings. Moscow, Russia: Russian Chess House: White: Kg6, Ne6, Nd6. Black: Kh8. What is the result with White to move? Now insert a black pawn on a6, with all other chessmen the same and White to move. What is the result now? Denton High School students especially liked working on this problem.
 
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