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HIGH SCHOOL CHESS MEETING ELEVEN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Nov 12 2010 (12:21)
cover of The Living Chess Game bookOn November 12, Denton High School chess club sponsor Fred Mueller announced that we might acquire a living chess board. I talked about the importance of scripting living chess games, a topic covered in my forthcoming book The Living Chess Game: Fine Arts Activities for Kids 9-14. Then students who had ladder games to finish went to another room. Other students had a post mortem, played tandem chess, and watched the YouTube video “Denton Living Chess Game.”
 
CHESS FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Nov 06 2010 (23:40)
Alexey Root with her booksExplore Chess for Academic Success on Sunday, November 14, 2010, 2-4 p.m. at New Tech High School (113 Samuel Blvd Coppell, TX 75019). The Coppell Gifted Association provides more details at this link. I will be presenting activities from my four books.
 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS MEETING TEN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Nov 05 2010 (11:57)
At Denton High School (DHS) Chess Club today, I talked about a possible upcoming tournament. One problem in deciding on date to participate in a tournament is that the high school students have so many other activities: UIL (University Interscholastic League) competitions, orchestra, choir, and tennis are especially popular with DHS chess club members. Do my blog readers think this is why participation in chess tournaments declines by high school? DHS also had ladder chess games, which were notated to analyze next Friday.
 
CHECKMATE FOR CHILDREN: A BOOK REVIEW PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Mon, Nov 01 2010 (04:10)
New in Chess (Alkmaar, The Netherlands) sent me a review copy of its 2010 book Checkmate for children: Mastering the most important skill in chess by Kevin Stark (translated from the German by Peter Boel). Beginners must know how all the chessmen move before starting this book. This book could be helpful for beginners ages ten and older (or younger children with an adult’s help) for three reasons. First, I think the chess content is arranged logically. The book begins with the board and notation. Other early sections teach mates in one with king and one or two chessmen, for example king and rook versus a

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HIGH SCHOOL CHESS MEETING NINE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Oct 29 2010 (11:38)
On Friday, October 29 (4-5 p.m.), I gave a 30-minute lecture about chess ratings and international titles. The handouts "Calculating ratings" and "International Titles and USCF ratings" are available on the Denton High School Chess Club Web site. One question we discussed is whether an amateur chess player has a better chance to defeat a Grandmaster at chess than an amateur swimmer has to beat an Olympic swimmer in a swim race. This question reprised a 1998 debate I had with my sister Sarah, who swam in the Olympic Trials back in the 1980s. What do you think? I also showed the 6-minute long University of Texas at Dallas Chess Program DVD, obtained on our October 15 field trip.Our next field trip will be to participate in a chess tournament at the beginning of 2011. The second half of today’s chess club was for leftover ladder games or playing chess for fun.
 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS MEETING EIGHT PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Oct 22 2010 (10:52)

On October 22, 2010 Denton High School chess club members quickly settled into completing leftover ladder games, starting new games, or analyzing previously-played games. For analyzing previous games, students followed post mortem guidelines from pages 5-7 of People, Places, Checkmates: Teaching Social Studies with Chess.

Despite playing for almost the whole club time, two ladder games leftover from October 8 still need one more session to finish. One of the players involved asked what the world’s record was for the longest chess game. That player is ahead lots of material, but I guess he plans to take his time winning! More details are at the Denton High School Web site; search for Activities and then Chess Club.

 
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