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DENTON HIGH SCHOOL CHESS CLUB PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Aug 17 2010 (07:32)
The sponsor of our new Denton High School (DHS) chess club, Mr. Fred Mueller, has created a fantastic Web page for the club. Check it out to get ideas for your own scholastic chess club. Also, if you are a DHS student, come to chess club on Fridays, starting September 3. DHS chess club is also looking to play matches with other North Texas high schools. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are interested.
 
CHESS ONLINE COURSES FALL 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Aug 14 2010 (23:15)

Registration is now open for the Chess Online courses for Fall 2010. You can find course descriptions at The University of Texas at Dallas Chess Program Web site. Right now, I have two International Masters andĀ 12 chess beginners registered. You may start when the semester begins (August 19) or at the second 8 weeks session (begins October 18). The courses are for students eligibleĀ to take college credit courses and interested in how the game of chess might help K-12 students reach educational goals. For more information, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
BORDERS BOOK STORE CHESS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Thu, Aug 05 2010 (10:43)

Today I attended the Borders Book Store Chess Club in Lewisville, Texas. FIDE Master Keith Hayward has run the club every Thursday night for 14 years. It's a great place to play a casual game of chess and enjoy a treat from the Seattle's Best Coffee. I invited my MOSAIC chess course students to try out the chess club, and four of them showed up. More than half the Borders players are under 18 years old, so my MOSAIC students fit right in.

 
LIVING CHESS GAME: NEW BOOK! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sun, Jul 11 2010 (09:50)

living chess gameMy fifth book The Living Chess Game: Fine Arts Activities for Kids 9-14 is now available for pre-order online. If you've been wondering how to stage a living chess game so that the human chessmen and the audience experience both fine arts and chess, this is the book for you!

 
COPPELL CHESS COURSE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Mon, Jun 14 2010 (01:47)

Every summer since 2007 I have taught chess at the Coppell Gifted Association's MOSAIC (Marvelous Opportunities Scheduled as Individual Courses). This year, I taught June 7-11 and will teach again August 2-6. Courses are open to rising fourth through eighth graders. (Rising means that is the grade the student will be in this coming fall). For chess, younger students may also take the class if a parent signs up with them. From June 7-11, I had 10 students from 9-10:30 a.m. and 9 students (including a six-year-old and his parent) from 10:30 to noon. Student surveys at the end of the week indicated that the daily tournament game (where students played each other at the end of each session Monday-Thursday) and Simon Says (where I took students to the gym to follow commands such as "Simon Says move like a rook two squares towards me") were the favorite activities. In 2009, the camp director made me a living chess board. Having that board set up in the gym made Simon Says even more fun, but it's also possible to play the game without any props. Registration is still open for the August session.

 
ODESSA CHESS SUMMARY PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sun, Jun 06 2010 (04:30)

I was one of the presenters at the ECISD (Ector County Independent School District) Math and Science Institute. I presented activities from my book Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving. Since roughly half of participants over the two days of workshops did not have prior experience with playing chess, I chose activities that did not require previous chess knowledge. Through participating in the activities, educators learned how the chessmen moved, check, and checkmate. And they also understood how the chess activities met national standards in math and science.

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