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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.
 
HIGH SCHOOL AND LIBRARY CHESS #5 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Oct 14 2011 (09:27)
For the fifth meeting of the 2011-2012, on Friday, October 14, Denton High School chess club, I taught about Scholar’s Mate using an activity from Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities. Sixteen students attended the high school meeting from 4:10-5:10 p.m. I also used that Scholar’s Mate activity with the four-person (including one adult) Denton Public Library chess class from 2-3:30 p.m.
 
HIGH SCHOOL AND LIBRARY CHESS #4 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Oct 07 2011 (09:04)

For the fourth meeting of the 2011-2012 Denton High School chess club, I taught about castling using ideas from Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities and from my forthcoming book Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14. Fifteen students attended. Earlier that afternoon, I taught en passant to my Denton Public Library class, which had 11 students today (including four adults). For the endgame checkmates part of the lesson, most worked on the king and two rooks against king checkmate. Boy Scouts must learn that checkmate for the Merit Badge for Chess. One adult and one eleven-year-old worked on king and queen versus king and then king and rook versus king instead.

 
UT DALLAS CHESS PRESS RELEASE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Thu, Oct 06 2011 (21:10)
The October 7, 2011 press release by UT Dallas discusses the chess team's most recent results, including a tournament win by Grandmaster Julio Sadorra (who took the Chess in Education courses which I teach). There is also a sidebar about those courses, my books, and the upcoming Koltanowski conference. Press release link: http://www.utdallas.edu/news/2011/10/7-13251_Chess-Grandmaster-Records-Back-to-Back-Wins_article.html
 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #3 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Sep 30 2011 (10:26)
For the third meeting of the 2011-2012 Denton High School chess club, I taught about en passant using ideas from Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving and from my forthcoming book Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14. I planned to also teach en passant to my Denton Public Library class, but only three students (six year old twins and their mom) showed up. And they could only stay 30 minutes of the 1.5 hour class. So the twins got a small exposure to en passant, but I will repeat that lesson for the library group next Friday. The twins could use more time on en passant, and the other library students may not have heard of that rule.
 
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