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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.
 
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.
 
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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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