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T. H. ROGERS CHESS CAMP PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Jun 07 2008 (06:00)
From June 2-6, T. H. Rogers public school hosted a chess camp. The organizer was chess parent Martha Jenkinson. As usual, she provided fantastic snacks and lunches for campers and instructors. After each of the four classes per day, students ate snacks of string cheese/yogurt/cookies/granola bars (or lunches of pizza/tacos/nuggets/veggies/fruit) and drank juice/soda/water, then headed to the gym for basketball or went to the

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CHESS ON FIELD TRIPS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, May 30 2008 (16:53)
On Thursday, May 29th, I was one of the parent chaperones on a sixth grade field trip to a local park. I brought along two chess sets and boards, and set them up on a picnic table. The table was one of many in the pavilion, which had a roof for shade and a view of the playground. Except for lunch, when I packed up the chess

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CHESS AND PETS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Mon, May 26 2008 (06:45)
RabbitMy rabbit Abba keeps me company while I write this blog, articles, and books (Children and Chess, and Science, Math, Checkmate). He was adopted from a shelter, and is litter-box trained. See the House Rabbit Society Web site for how to keep a rabbit as an indoor pet. In this photo, Abba poses next to a MonRoi flyer. I usually do not write poetry, but will share my poem about Abba.

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YURY SHULMAN, CHESS AUTHOR PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, May 21 2008 (19:49)
Before I recommend Grandmaster Yury Shulman's book, I congratulate him on his 2008 U.S. Chess Championship. I met Yury when he was a student at The University of Texas at Dallas. He was the chess team captain: intelligent, well-spoken, and interested in helping others. Now Yury has a chess school and has written Shulman, Y.

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NON-RATED CHESS TOURNAMENTS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, May 20 2008 (19:23)
Dana Mackenzie asked, after holding a non-rated tournament, “Should I be happy with running the one tournament a year and seeing the kids have a good time? Should I aim higher? Should I steer them into rated tournament chess, and if so, how?” I run one non-rated tournament a year too,

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PANDOLFINI FOR CHESS CLASSES PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Mon, May 19 2008 (13:05)

Taking problems from Bruce Pandolfini, Chessercizes, 1991, New York: Fireside and Bruce Pandolfini, Beginning Chess, 1993, New York: Fireside, I developed tactics worksheets for small groups (2-4 students) in my Strickland Middle School classes and my summer chess camps. I group problems by type of tactic. For example, one page of 10 problems might be all forks. At the beginning of class, I define and give one or

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