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DENTON HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMAN WINS $500 SCHOLARSHIP PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Oct 13 2010 (00:23)

On October 9, 2010, Denton High School freshman William Root won a $500 college scholarship for winning the high school open section of the Scott Watson Memorial Chess Tournament, held at Jack E. Singley Academy (Irving ISD). Root is Secretary of the Denton High School Chess Club, coached by Dr. Alexey Root (parent volunteer) and sponsored by math teacher Fred Mueller. News coverage of Root's victory is in the Denton Record-Chronicle (In the Schools section, page 4A, October 13, 2010), on the Denton ISD's Web site, on the Denton HS Web site, and as part of the National Chess Day Roundup on Chess Life Online. Alexey Root is also writing a follow up article for the December 2010 issue of Chess Life for Kids.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS MEETING SIX AND ENCYCLOMEDIA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Oct 08 2010 (11:22)
Alexey Root at Encyclo-Media 2010I spent the afternoon of October 7 and the morning of October 8 talking about my books to educators, librarians, administrators, and counselors at Encyclo-Media. Sales were brisk, so I got to autograph many books! After I left the ABC-Clio/Libraries Unlimited Booth at Encyclo-Media, I drove to Denton, Texas to volunteer at the Denton High School chess club from 4-5 p.m. Today the students played a ladder game. 21 students attended; more information is at the Denton High School Web site (go to Activities, then to Chess Club).
 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS MEETING FIVE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Oct 01 2010 (12:03)
On page 9 of People, Places, Checkmates: Teaching Social Studies with Chess is a chart of basic checkmates (endgames). For chess club on October 1, 2010, I had one student teach K and Q vs. K, another teach K and R vs. K and a third teach K and P vs. K and force promotion to a R or Q. When each teacher had trained another student sufficiently well to take over his teaching job, the teacher moved on to teach a harder checkmate on the chart. For more details about today’s meeting of the Denton High School chess club see the meeting minutes.
 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS MEETING FOUR PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Sep 24 2010 (09:42)

For September 24, 2010, chess club participants analyzed the ladder games that they played on the previous Friday. Since there were several people attending on the 24th that were not present on the 17th, they were spectators for the post mortems of the ladder games. For guidance, students followed post mortem guidelines from pages 5-7 of People, Places, Checkmates: Teaching Social Studies with Chess. For even more information about how to analyze chess games and post mortems, see chapter 4 (Write Like a Grandmaster) in Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities.

Meeting minutes typed by our Secretary are here.

 
ALEXEY ROOT AT ENCYCLO-MEDIA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Thu, Sep 23 2010 (01:39)
Alexey Root holding People, Places, CheckmatesI will be at Encyclo-Media, Oklahoma City, OK. Free chess set and board with purchase of one of my books! Signing books on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and Friday, Oct. 8, 2010 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, booth #1004. My most recent book is People, Places, Checkmates: Teaching Social Studies with Chess.
 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS MEETING THREE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Sep 17 2010 (09:17)
Today, September 17, was our first ladder game.  All students were required to take notation. I asked those who had taken notation before to challenge those who are new to notation. That way, the experienced chess players were able to help their opponents keep up their score sheets. The player who won in the least amount of moves got first place on the ladder, the second fastest winner (in terms of moves played) earned the second spot on the ladder, and so forth. Now that the ladder is established, the next time we have a ladder game it will proceed as documented in Read, Write, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving. Minutes are posted here.
 
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And for the chess-player the success which crowns his work, the great dispeller of sorrows, is named "combination."

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