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HIGH SCHOOL CHESS TOURNAMENT PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, May 14 2011 (09:12)

Homeschooled students joined students from Denton High School, Ryan High School, and Immaculate Conception Catholic School for a tournament on May 14, 2011 at the Denton Public Library, North Branch. In all, fourteen players from ninth grade to twelfth grade participated in this event. Between the four-round Swiss system non-rated tournament and the awards ceremony, participants played a bughouse tournament.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #30 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, May 13 2011 (08:18)
Friday, May 13, was the last Denton High School chess club meeting for spring semester 2011. There was food, bughouse, and chess.
 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #29 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, May 06 2011 (11:25)
There are now 10 advance entries for the May 14, 2011 tournament at North Branch Library. More are expected by mail. Postmarked by May 7 gets the early entry fee price of $10! Form for entering is at the Denton High School Chess Club Web site. Goals for the 2011-2012 school year were discussed. Then elections were held. The only contested office was for President. Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer were elected by acclamation.
 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #28 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Apr 29 2011 (11:48)
Dr. Alexey Root (me!) had students try the following Bruce Pandolfini problems: White: Ke6 and Qe2 vs. Black: Ke8 mate in 2, White to move. Then White: Ke6 and Re2 vs. Black: Ke8 mate in 3, also White to move. Then I showed the YouTube video where Pandolfini explains how to solve these type of problems (Chess Now, Episode 41, about 19 minutes into the episode.) Then I had students try Giambattista Lolli, 1763, White: Kc6, Qd6 Black: Ka7, Rb7, White to move. Themes: Defender has few moves (like in the Pandolfini problems), zugzwang, separate K and R to win rook, and checkmate. 

 

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #27 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Apr 22 2011 (10:27)
How to appeal to high-rated and to beginner students in one high school chess club? At the April 22, 2011 Denton High School chess club meeting, it was rumored that one rated player didn’t attend because he didn’t want to play a ladder game against someone who could not give him a good contest. I also heard that a beginner, who visited once, thought the level of the club members was too high and didn’t want to return. Definitely will discuss ideas on May 6, when we elect officers and plan for next year. Ideas, anyone? In the meantime, the seven students who did show up played ladder games, with two of those three games being notated for later review.
 
CHESS POSTER MAKES FINAL EIGHT PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Thu, Apr 21 2011 (13:01)
 chess research posterThirty-seven undergraduate research award winners presented posters today at UT Dallas. Saheli Nath’s “Effects of Playing Chess on Self-esteem among College Students: A Case-Control Pilot Study” qualified for the top eight. Those eight posters will be judged on April 27 by a panel of judges from outside UT Dallas. I am Saheli Nath’s faculty advisor for her research.
 
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