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CHESS AND MARCHING BAND PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Aug 30 2008 (11:34)
Friday night was the first football game of the season for Denton HS, and therefore also the first outing for the marching band. My daughter Clarissa is Marching Officer for the trombones. She pointed out that there are at least two similarities between marching and algebraic notation. First, marchers find their spots on the field by a combination of file-first, then rank. Second, marchers are identified by letter and number. Unlike chess, though, the letter and number stay with the marcher throughout. Clarissa is b1, and the other four trombones are b2-b5. More chess and band connections: At the last band party, chess and scrabble (and some video games) were played.
 
CHESS TOURNAMENT RESULTS AND A GAME PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Mon, Aug 25 2008 (13:45)

My son William and I played in the Denton Sunday Frolics #16 yesterday. William was the top-rated player in the intermediate (under 1300) section, and he won 3-0. Now he is rated 1318. I was the top-rated player in the Open section. After winning my first two games, I played the following game against 1884-rated Jonathan Cearley in

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CHESS JOBS IN TEXAS CLASSOOMS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Thu, Aug 14 2008 (08:06)
Michael Bowden of Lewisville I.S.D. emailed that his district has approved chess as one of the “specials” rotation areas. In elementary school, students rotate to a different special area everyday of the school week. Currently, choices for the five special areas include art, music, creative dramatics, library, Spanish, Science Enrichment, and mandatory PE. For the 2009-2010 academic year and beyond, principals will have the option to have chess as one of the special areas. According to Mr. Bowden, many librarians want to

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MY CHESS BOOKS REVIEWED PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Aug 13 2008 (23:10)

On my Amazon page for Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators, I noticed a review excerpt from Chessville. A Chessville review excerpt was also on the Amazon page for Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving. From that information, I located reviews of my books at Chessville. Thanks to the reviewer, Rick Kennedy.

 
U.S. OPEN CHESS RESULTS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Aug 12 2008 (04:09)
Last night the dry erase board stated, “Denton Chess Club: Home of IM Doug Root, 4th place U.S. Open.” Results of the U.S. Open are here. During the week of August 4-8, Doug went to work at the University of North Texas, then drove 45 minutes to the tournament site, and then played chess from 7 p.m. until around midnight. As another player pointed out, though, Doug had the advantage of staying at home rather than in a hotel room. For all competitors, nine rounds of chess is a challenging task. Congrats to the 381 participants in the U.S. Open!

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COPPELL CHESS COURSE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Aug 08 2008 (19:05)
Today (Friday, August 8) was the final day of my chess teaching week at MOSAIC, summer courses by the Coppell Gifted Association. From 9-10:30, my son William assisted me with my 16 students, grades 4-7. After pairs of students finished practicing, and getting tested on, a basic checkmate such as king and queen against king, William would teach them five moves of a chess opening. Students wrote down the five moves, thus learning notation too. From 10:30 to noon William went to engineering.

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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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