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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.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS MEETING SEVEN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Oct 16 2010 (12:51)
Alejandro Ramirez with DHS chess clubOn October 15, 2010, 15 Denton HS students, chess club sponsor Fred Mueller, math teacher Joe Rozell, and I went on a field trip to The University of Texas at Dallas. We got to meet the chess team, tour the library and campus, eat a snack, have a chess lesson from our tour guide National Master Artur Safin, and play chess for fun. The photo is of the DHS students posing with one of UTD’s Grandmaster team members, Alejandro Ramirez Alvarez (seated), and Safin (far right).
 
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).
 
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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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