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LIBRARY CHESS WEEK TWO PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Sep 24 2011 (12:04)
On Friday, September 23, five children and three adults attended the second meeting of "Thinking with Chess" for ages 5-14. One of the adults did not bring a child, but said he was attending because he wants to avoid losing to five year olds at the Monday night Denton Chess Club. He said my instruction on how to restrict the king in endgame checkmates was helpful.
 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Sep 16 2011 (08:41)
Friday, September 16, was the first meeting of the Denton High School chess club for the 2011-2012 academic year. There were mostly returning chess club members among the 16 students who attended. There were also three former Denton High School students, now at Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS), who decided to drop in for a few games. I gave the students a choice of whether to play serious, notated games or play chess for fun. Six students chose the notated games, and went to another room for a quiet session. The others talked and played chess for fun.
 
LIBRARY CHESS WEEK ONE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Sep 16 2011 (08:29)
Friday, September 16, was the first afternoon of my free chess classes at the Denton Public Library. The youngest students were six-year-old twins, and the oldest were two moms who stayed and participated. In all, nine students practiced two challenges (Classify and Pattern Recognition) from my upcoming book Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14 (Mongoose Press, 2012). I also taught how to checkmate with two rooks, then paired students to practice that drill.
 
CHESS AT OPEN HOUSE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Thu, Sep 15 2011 (21:52)
Chess gamesAt the Denton High School Open House Night on September 12, 2011, known as “Bronco Night,” teachers opened their classrooms to parents. Since chess club sponsor Fred Mueller was busy meeting parents of his pre-Calculus and Calculus students, I volunteered to be the responsible adult for his math and chess club table in the main hallway. Chess club (and math club) positioned our table near Tennis and Choir. Traffic was lively all evening, with teachers, parents, and students stopping by our table to play chess and learn about upcoming chess and math club meetings.
 
FREE CHESS CLASSES AT LIBRARY PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Mon, Sep 05 2011 (22:27)
Alexey Root with bookI am teaching another series of chess classes at the Denton Public Library, North Branch. Classes are for children ages 5-14, start September 16 (2-3:30 p.m.), and run for six Fridays. This series of classes is called Thinking with Chess. The challenges and puzzles in the Thinking with Chess classes emphasize skills important for academics, such as classifying, pattern recognition, decoding, creating, and predicting. Children will try challenges such as "four in a row" and guessing a mystery chessman. They will also solve checkmates in one move. There will be time to play games of chess too. No previous chess experience is required to participate.

Activities from the chess classes that I previously taught at the Denton Public Library in are now part of my book The Living Chess Game: Fine Arts Activities for Kids 9-14 (Libraries Unlimited, 2011).

 
UT DALLAS CHESS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Aug 26 2011 (12:46)

I attended the first meeting of the UT Dallas chess club for 2011-2012. I spoke about the Chess Online courses. There is still time to register, as the courses officially begin October 24. Although many students who take the Chess Online courses are not chess players, each semester I have a handful of chess team members as students too. When chess team members take the courses, they analyze games for their classmates (as suggested by IM Salvijus Bercys.) I enjoyed seeing my former students Bercys, GM Julio Sadorra, GM Cristian Chirila, and FM Tyler Hughes; as well as WFM Saheli Nath, whose research I supervised. I also liked meeting my current student WFM Patrycja Labedz.

 
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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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