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HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #12 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Dec 14 2013 (07:21)

Eight students attended the last Denton High School chess club meeting of 2013, which meant two games of bughouse during the party. There was food and soda available too. Next event is the Denton High School chess match against the University of North Texas, December 21, North Branch Library.

 
ST. VINCENT'S CHESS #11 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Dec 04 2013 (19:59)

Dr. Alexey Root taught the two-rook checkmate to the beginners. Then children partnered up to practice the checkmate or to be tested on it against Dr. Root. As children passed a two-rook test against Dr. Root, they became "testers" and tested/taught the others. Then Dr. Root reviewed the notated chess games of two pairs of intermediate/advanced chess players. Then Dr. Root organized a game of chess “Simon Says” to take advantage of the 78 degree weather (since ice is expected tomorrow). While Simon Says was in progress, the advanced students rehearsed their plays teaching the K and P against K win, which was taught last week. The advanced students presented their plays and then Dr. Root reviewed the pattern once more.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #11 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Nov 22 2013 (19:43)

On Friday, November 22, Denton High School students reviewed games played at Dallas Chess Club, practiced basic endgame checkmates, and played chess for fun.

 
UTD GM/IM INVITATIONAL (CHESS) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Nov 22 2013 (15:55)

Follow the UT Dallas Grandmaster Invitational, which has a GM and an IM section, right here on Monroi.com. Also look for Dr. Alexey Root’s articles about the tournament on Chess Life Online and in Chess Life.

 
ST. VINCENT'S CHESS #10 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Nov 20 2013 (20:23)

At St. Vincent’s School chess club, beginners and intermediates notated the four-move checkmate (Scholar's Mate) as Dr. Root showed it on the demonstration board. Then they replayed it with a partner and came up with a different third move to avoid the checkmate.  The advanced group learned the King and Pawn vs. King win. Dr. Root showed it on the demonstration board (White: Ke3, Pe2; Black Ke5 and Black to move). Dr. Root told a story to help them remember to keep the white king in front of its pawn. Then the students worked in groups of three to come up with their own script (notation) and story. They will present their versions of the ending on the demonstration board or as living chess games next week. Both these lesson plans are in Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities.

 
ST. VINCENT'S CHESS #9 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Nov 13 2013 (21:55)

For the beginner and intermediate groups at St. Vincent's School, Dr. Alexey Root taught the Create challenge from Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14. In the Create challenge, children cooperatively create a 10-move chess game that includes three en passant captures. Both groups notated their games.

In the advanced group, students tried the Philidor rook and pawn vs. rook ending. Then Dr. Root taught the ending and showed how it can simplify to last week’s king and pawn versus king draw. Then students practiced it again, with what they learned from Dr. Root.

 
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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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