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ROOT'S CHESS BOOKS AT LIBRARY CONFERENCE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sun, Mar 23 2014 (09:07)

Dr. Alexey Root will be signing her books about chess in education (and libraries!) at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference. Look for Alexey Root in the exhibit hall in the ABC-CLIO/Libraries Unlimited booths, 2122 and 2123, on Thursday, April 10. A complete list of authors at the conference can be found at this link.

Dr. Root hopes to see you in San Antonio!

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #17 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Mar 21 2014 (18:55)
After a brief review of the en passant rule, Dr. Root taught the Criteria Challenge activity from Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving (2008, pp. 28-30) to Denton High School students. The five high school students attending were able to solve all four challenges, working in groups of 2 and of3.
 
ST. VINCENT'S CHESS #17 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Mar 19 2014 (22:25)

Dr. Root taught en passant to the Intermediate and Advanced groups. After showing the rule on the demonstration board, each group tried the Create challenge from Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14. This challenge involves creating a 10 move, notated game with three en passant captures.

For the beginners, who were still putting kings next to kings, Dr. Root taught an exercise with White king on e1, Black king on e8, and each side tried to get his or her king legally to the other king’s square first. Dr. Root also re-taught, and tested students on, the two rook checkmate to this group.

 

 
GREENHILL CHESS #15 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Mar 18 2014 (19:12)
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 4 different positions that are checkmates and two positions that are stalemates.” Then they showed Dr. Root (one position at a time) the six 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). The intermediate and advanced groups finished two of the four challenges and will finish the other two next week.
 
GREENHILL CHESS #14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Mar 05 2014 (14:20)

Dr. Alexey Root tested pairs of students on basic checkmates. Beginners were tested on king and two rooks versus king. Intermediates were tested on king and queen versus queen. There was not time to test some of the intermediate students and all of the advanced students. Before each test, Dr. Root offered to either show how to do the checkmate or go immediately to the test. More than half picked to go straight to being tested rather than having one-on-one instruction on how to do the checkmate first.

 
DENTON HIGH SCHOOL VISITS UNT CHESS CLUB PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Thu, Feb 27 2014 (23:33)

Five Denton High School students, a parent, and volunteer chess coach Dr. Alexey Root visited the University of North Texas Chess Club on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. All of the high school students are seniors and this visit gave them a chance to meet UNT students. One senior is definitely going to UNT next year and the others are still considering their options. Everyone played chess for fun. That is, we did not keep track of wins and losses.

 
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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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