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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.
 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #2 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Sep 24 2011 (12:12)
Eleven students attended Denton High School chess club on Friday, September 23. Dr. Root taught material from her forthcoming book Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14. Specifically, she covered patterns in back-rank and smothered checkmates and provided practice problems.
 
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.
 
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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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