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HIGH SCHOOL CHESS MEETING TWENTY TWO PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Mar 04 2011 (12:47)
On Friday, March 4, only five students attended, due to a tennis tournament and Calculus Bowl being held at the same time. Nevertheless, it was a productive chess club meeting. I worked with two students on the "king and pawn versus king win" from People, Places, Checkmates: Teaching Social Studies with Chess while two other students completed a ladder game. When the fifth student arrived, he helped the two groups solve the Eight Queens problem featured in my book Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving.
 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS MEETING TWENTY ONE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Feb 26 2011 (03:06)
On Friday, February 25, 2011, I divided the Denton High School chess club students into four teams of three students for two games of team chess. Here’s some more information on how to implement team chess, which I first learned about at Jim Liptrap’s Klein Chess Camp (where it had previously been introduced by Brownsville chess coach J.J. Guajardo). Summary: A two- to three-person student team consults at their analysis board. Then one

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CHESS RATINGS RISE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Feb 19 2011 (12:16)
Today five Denton High School chess club members participated in the high school open section of the Region II tournament at Fort Worth Academy. All club members will see their USCF ratings rise, which indicates they’re improving from the Region III tournament they played in last month at Lovejoy High School. Also, Denton High School took first place team and first, third (tiebreak; was tied for second), and fourth place individual trophies.
 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS MEETING TWENTY PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Feb 18 2011 (10:12)
Before volunteering for Denton High School chess club today, I was at UT Dallas to receive The President’s Volunteer Service Award, Bronze level. That award recognized that I volunteered between 100 and 249 hours in 2010, much of it teaching chess! I sat next to Saheli Nath, who was also receiving a Bronze-level award. The high school chess club meeting today was mostly casual games. I played against two students, who reached a playable endgame by consulting with each other on every move. That is, every move they played was carefully weighed and options considered. In their case, two heads were better than one. We ran out of time to finish the game.
 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS MEETING NINETEEN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Feb 11 2011 (09:50)
I presented "Battleship Chess" from Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators and "Wolf and Sheep" from Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities. Chess club students practiced these two drills, which will also be shown to the public at the March 19 Barnes & Noble Chess in Education event.
 
CHESS AT BARNES AND NOBLE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Feb 01 2011 (13:23)
Barnes & Noble Chess in Education event: 1989 U.S. Women's Chess Champion Dr. Alexey Root and Denton High School Chess Club officers host an all-ages FREE chess event including a book signing, activities like "Pawn Game" and "Battleship Chess," and chess information for educators and parents. Saturday March 19, 2011 1:00 PM
Barnes & Noble store in the Golden Triangle Mall
2201 I-35, Denton, TX 76205, 940-383-9261
 
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