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HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #10 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Nov 13 2013 (14:32)

Upcoming event: On November 16, 2013 the public can play against (and learn from) Denton High School chess club students at International Games Day @your library, 1:00-5:00 p.m., Denton Public LIbrary (North Branch).

Denton High School chess club participated on November 2 in the Turkey Tournament hosted by the Lovejoy Leopard Chess Booster Club. On November 8, Denton High School chess club had a “free play” chess day. On November 15, Denton High School chess students will visit UT Dallas and play at the Dallas Chess Club.

 
GREENHILL CHESS #10 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Nov 13 2013 (14:27)

For the last chess session for fall 2013, Greenhill School students received awards, ate food, and played bughouse and regular chess games. Dr. Alexey Root talked with parents and students, supervised games, and helped with clean up.

 
ST. VINCENT'S CHESS #8 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Nov 06 2013 (22:05)

All three St. Vincent’s chess groups tried the Game Theory lesson from Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14. Basically, the challenge is "whoever castles first wins." Dr. Root reviewed the rules of castling with the beginner and intermediate students beforehand. The advanced students already know the rules of castling.

With the advanced group, Dr. Root taught the king and pawn vs. king draw, which is like a dance. Three girls volunteered to demonstrate the dance. The king and pawn versus king draw is related to the Philidor’s rook and pawn vs. rook lesson scheduled for next week. The advanced group concluded with solving four mate-in-one problems created by their classmate, Luke.

 
GREENHILL CHESS #9 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Nov 06 2013 (14:13)

Dr. Alexey Root taught Greenhill Chess Club students how to play bughouse chess. The first group of four to set up their chessmen became the models for how bughouse is played. Without clocks, all players playing White move, then all Blacks move, etc. As captures were made, Dr. Root explained that captured pieces could be placed on any empty square in lieu of a move. Captured pawns may not be placed on the first or eighth ranks. Promoted pawns revert to being pawns if captured. Next Tuesday is the last session for fall. Now the students are prepared for next week’s chess party with the “party” chess game of bughouse.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #9 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Nov 01 2013 (18:25)
Alexey Root holding People, Places, Checkmates

Today at Denton High School chess club, Dr. Alexey Root taught the Benjamin Franklin lesson from People, Places, Checkmates: Teaching Social Studies with Chess to three students. Four students played timed and notated games in a separate room. Seven students played chess for fun.

 
ST. VINCENT'S CHESS #7 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Oct 30 2013 (20:07)

Beginners and Intermediates: After Dr. Root gave four examples on the demonstration board, the beginners and intermediates created positions for each other. The positions had to either be check, checkmate, stalemate, or none of the above. After creating the positions in small groups, one “visitor” from each group visited the other groups to figure out their positions and rate the groups visited on politeness. Then roles were changed, so the visitors stayed at their home position to welcome others and new students got to be visitors.

 

Advanced: Luke presented his best game from the October 26 tournament, pausing the game at key moments so that pairs of students (following along on their boards) could decide what might be played next.

 
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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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