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HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #9 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Nov 11 2011 (11:19)
Friday, November 11, 2011, was our Denton High School chess club field trip to UT Dallas for its Scholastic Affiliates program. Mr. Mueller (Denton High School chess club sponsor) and I drove 12 Denton HS students to UT Dallas. We met members of the chess team, toured the Activity Center and Student Union, and played chess with members of the UT Dallas “Student Chess Society” (chess club).  At the Student Chess Society, there were refreshments. It was fun for me to have my volunteering (with Denton HS chess) and my work (teaching UT Dallas courses) intersect. The UT Dallas students enjoyed playing chess with the HS students, and vice versa. A member of the Student Chess Society, Carlos, asked when we would be back. I said probably a year from now. Carlos replied that we should visit every month! One of the HS students told me that she wished she had a photo of the chess club member she played against.
 
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.

 
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