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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.

 
DENTON HIGH SCHOOL AT STATE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Feb 12 2014 (00:05)

Dr. Alexey Root and chess sponsor Fred Mueller took five Denton High School players to the Texas Scholastic Championship in Houston Feb. 8-9. Results are posted here.

 
GREENHILL CHESS #11 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Feb 11 2014 (23:58)

Dr. Alexey Root taught how pawns move and capture to the beginners at Greenhill School. She did not cover en passant. Then the beginners played the Pawn Game from Dr. Root’s book Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving. For the intermediate and advanced groups, Dr. Root had the students play Battleship Chess, a drill from her first book Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators.

 
THINKING WITH CHESS: FREE SEMINARS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Jan 31 2014 (23:25)

Dr. Alexey Root is presenting two free seminars, sponsored by the Texas Chess Association, at the State Scholastic in Houston Feb. 8 and 9. The seminars are at 12:45 each day and in room 329. Ten participants in each seminar will each win a free copy of Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Jan 31 2014 (19:17)

Dr. Alexey Root showed the video of Bill Gates losing to Magnus Carlsen. Then the Denton High School chess club students analyzed the game in pairs to figure out where White’s mistakes were. Then Dr. Root led a whole class discussion which included points from the Chess Improver blog posting about this game.

 
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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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