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CHESS IN HIGH SCHOOL; CHESS WORKSHOP PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Jul 22 2008 (05:55)
Last night at Denton Chess Club, Justin, a physics teacher and football/basketball/tennis coach at Whitesboro high school, visited. He wanted ideas for his club, in which 20 students have expressed an interest. Although Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators and Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving are written for educators of grades 3-8, adaptations of ideas from those books for high school students are easily made. I also recommended a chess ladder. My favorite article about how to run a ladder is in Jennifer Shahade's interview of Elizabeth Vicary. I forgot to tell Justin about the August 7, 2008 USCF Chess in Education workshop. The deadline for early registration for the

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CHESS SELF-EFFICACY PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Jul 16 2008 (04:49)
Monday night, July 14th, at Denton Chess Club only four children ages 12 and under attended. The teenagers and adults were stronger at chess than all but one of the children. Though the children occasionally played with the older folk, in the end they wanted to play against each other for competitive and social reasons. Among the children, the eleven-year-old (the one who can compete

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AUSTIN CHESS CLUB PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Mon, Jul 07 2008 (12:11)
My son William and I are in Austin, Texas for the week so that William can attend Camp Half-Blood. We got in Sunday night, and went to the Austin Chess Club. Just after we arrived, one player from the G/15 event withdrew. So William got to play rounds 4 and

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CHESS MATCH-MAKING PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Mon, Jun 30 2008 (18:44)
I didn’t play chess tonight at Denton Chess Club, but did a lot of match-making. That is, I recommended opponents for new casual games based on what I had seen of their levels of play. I also liked to match similar-aged opponents, but would pair an adult and a child if their chess skills were similar. My technique does not involve

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SPECIAL SERVICES AWARD-CHESS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Jun 28 2008 (15:11)
I received the following from USCF Executive Director Bill Hall, "On behalf of the United States Chess Federation, I am pleased to inform you that you have been selected to receive a Special Services Award for 2008. This award is being given in

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WILLIAM DRAWS ME PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Jun 27 2008 (07:57)
boy playing chessMy son William and I played chess this morning. Thanks to his thirty minutes of chess a day with his Dad (International Master Doug Root), William has reviewed many games connected with his opening repertoire. I played an Advanced French against him, including an ill-fated g4. William had a commanding position, and drew. I thought

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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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