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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.
 
CHESS AT TEXAS LIBRARY CONFERENCE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Apr 13 2011 (21:51)
I am presenting twice this week at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference in Austin, Texas. Thousands of librarians and others attend this conference. You can download my presentation handouts. Look for the presentation titles “It’s All Games and Fun in the Library” and “Make a Bold Move: Chess in Public, Academic, and School Libraries.” The latter presentation is coming up Friday, April 15, 8 a.m. So if you are in Austin, come on by! I will also be signing my books 1-4 p.m. Thursday, April 14, 2011 and Friday, April 15, 2011, 10:30-11:30 a.m, booth #1756, Libraries Unlimited, TLA Exhibit Hall, Austin Convention Center.
 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #26 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Apr 08 2011 (08:37)
On April 8, the chess club members took a Sample UIL Chess Test. One student finished in 11 minutes with a perfect score; some were still finishing at 55 minutes. Most students missed around 3-5 questions out of 20, but remained challenged and engaged.
 
CHESS LIFE ONLINE ARTICLE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Thu, Apr 07 2011 (21:08)
As of April 8, 2011, I have a new article on Chess Life Online. It is an interview of author Robert Desjarlais.
 
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