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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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CHESS LESSON PLAN WEEK THIRTEEN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Apr 14 2010 (02:47)

Last week (12th time I met with chess club) was our match with Sanger. For week thirteen, April 13, I congratulated the six boys and one girl who came to chess club on on our win the previous week. (Five of them had been part of that winning effort). Then I pointed out one area where we could have improved: Basic Checkmates (endgame mates with major pieces). One of our players stalemated with two queens against a lone king. Another of our players checkmated with a king and queen against a king, but it took a while. So for week thirteen trainers worked with trainees on basic checkmates. I tested each student individually about how many moves it took them to get to a checkmate from a starting position. The starting positions are listed in my book People, Places, Checkmates: Teaching Social Studies with Chess. But, to give you an idea, how many moves would it take you or your student to checkmate when white starts with a K on h1, Q on a1, and black has a K on d5 (white to move)?

 
STRICKLAND CHECKMATES SANGER PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Apr 06 2010 (18:49)
But, before I tell how many checkmates we inflicted on Sanger Middle School, here’s a brief recap of my Strickland chess club lesson plans for weeks ten through twelve. On March 9, week 10, we had only three students so we played bughouse. (I played too, to make it four players). On March 16, there was no chess due to Spring Break. On March 23, I was not there since I was presenting at UTD. March 30, week 11, was the after-school talent show, when two of our chess students performed Anthem from the musical Chess, another chess student was

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