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DENTON HS CHESS: ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Thu, May 20 2010 (13:03)
Today (May 20, 2010) was the first meeting of the Denton High School chess club. This was an organizational meeting for next fall. Eleven students attended (10 boys and one girl). When we were chatting informally during the chess games, one of the students, Luis, remembered my lessons from Strickland Middle School on Benjamin Franklin and chess etiquette (from People, Places Checkmates: Teaching Social Studies with Chess) and on the ABCD principles of chess (from Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities).  I recognized several students from the middle school chess tournaments I’d run over the past six years. Before we started chess games, we covered

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CHESS MARQUEE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, May 11 2010 (18:25)

Welcome Alexey Root marqueeWhen I presented to educators, parents, and children May 6 at Hedrick Elementary in Lewisville, TX, my name was on the marquee. What fun! The presentations went well, and I sold several of my books.

 
STRICKLAND CHESS WINS AGAIN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, May 01 2010 (09:01)

May 1, 2010  I ran the fifth annual middle school chess tournament for Denton ISD. It should have been the sixth annual, but last year's was not held due to the swine flu scare.  On May 4, a front page story appeared with results from the event. This year, only one other team (Calhoun Middle School) sent players to compete. I am the volunteer chess teacher at Strickland Middle School, and Strickland hosted the tournament this year. The 13 players played four rounds, and Strickland Middle School players finished in the top three individual places. We also won 18.5-9.5 in points accumulated by our team's individual players. We had a one player advantage, as Calhoun sent six players and we had seven players. Congrats Strickland!

 
CHESS LESSON PLAN WEEK FIFTEEN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Apr 28 2010 (02:21)

Tuesday, April 27, was our last chess club meeting of this 2010 spring semester. Two girls and five boys attended. To warm up for our May 1, 2010 tournament, we played touch-move ladder games. For more about how I run ladder games see the appendix to Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities. Or read Elizabeth Vicary interviewed by Jennifer Shahade (June 26,

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CHESS ON YOUTUBE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Apr 21 2010 (17:39)

Here is a YouTube video of me talking about my four books on chess in education.

 
CHESS LESSON PLAN WEEK FOURTEEN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Apr 20 2010 (14:13)
Five boys and two girls showed up for after school chess club at Strickland Middle School today. I taught how the mobility of the chessmen relates to their point values. In other words, how is it decided that a pawn is 1 point, a knight is 3 points, and so forth? Students calculated the mobility of every chessman from the corner and from the center and drew conclusions. We

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And for the chess-player the success which crowns his work, the great dispeller of sorrows, is named "combination."

-Emanuel Lasker (1868-1941)



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