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ST. VINCENT'S CHESS #16 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Feb 26 2014 (20:59)

For the Beginners, Dr. Root gave the students examples of what is stalemate and what is checkmate (using a King and Queen vs. King) as models first, on the demonstration board. Then Dr. Root said, “You have a king and queen. Your partner has a king. Set up 5 different positions that are checkmates and two positions that are stalemates.” Then they showed Dr. Root (one position at a time) the 7 positions they created.

For the intermediate and advanced, Dr. Root taught the Criteria Challenge activity from Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving (2008, pp. 28-30). In each group, a mother came in asking for her child to leave early. In both cases, the child asked to stay to finish the challenge being worked on with a partner. The intermediate group finished two or three of the four challenges working in pairs. The advanced group pairs each finished all four challenges.

 
GREENHILL CHESS #13 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Feb 25 2014 (18:24)
Dr. Alexey Root taught the beginners how to checkmate with a king and two rooks against a king. The students volunteered the legal moves for the black king while Dr. Root maneuvered the white rooks on the demonstration board. Then students practiced the checkmate pattern with partners. The intermediate students learned the king and queen checkmate from one of their colleagues, who taught it the same way Dr. Root had in the fall. The advanced students learned the king and rook checkmate. Both the intermediate and advanced groups practiced the checkmates with partners. Dr. Root was able to test a couple of students from each group. With the students volunteering answers from their extracurricular experiences, Dr. Root also compared these basic endgame checkmates to the drills that students must practice in music (such as scales) and sports (such as dribbling in basketball). 
 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #16 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Feb 21 2014 (19:24)

Dr. Alexey Root informed Denton High School chess club students that this coming Thursday, February 27, there will be a visit to the University of North Texas chess club. Then two of the students who played in the Texas Scholastic Championship showed their games to their fellow club members.

 
ST. VINCENT'S CHESS #15 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Feb 19 2014 (22:01)

Dr. Alexey Root taught Battleship Chess from Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators to all three St. Vincent’s School chess groups, as each group visited her at different times. The advanced students additionally guessed what moves were played in a classmate’s tournament game.

 
GREENHILL CHESS #12 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Feb 18 2014 (23:26)

Dr. Alexey Root taught the beginners how the Q, R, and B moved. Then the beginners tried this exercise from Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities.

Have pairs of students get out a board, a white queen, a black rook, and a black bishop. Each piece should be placed on its starting square. Start the white queen on d1, the black rook on h8 or a8, and the black bishop on f8 or c8. White moves first. . . . After trying this from both sides, ask students whether it was easier to play white or to play black.

Then we discussed the values of the Q, R, and B chessmen. The intermediate group also tried this exercise and additionally discussed the values of the K, N, and P.

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HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #15 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Feb 18 2014 (00:10)

Three of the five players who participated in the Texas Scholastic February 8-9 showed chess games from that tournament to one or two other students. The Denton High School students analyzed the games together and with the help of Dr, Alexey Root.

 
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