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UTD GM/IM INVITATIONAL (CHESS) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Nov 22 2013 (15:55)

Follow the UT Dallas Grandmaster Invitational, which has a GM and an IM section, right here on Monroi.com. Also look for Dr. Alexey Root’s articles about the tournament on Chess Life Online and in Chess Life.

 
ST. VINCENT'S CHESS #10 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Nov 20 2013 (20:23)

At St. Vincent’s School chess club, beginners and intermediates notated the four-move checkmate (Scholar's Mate) as Dr. Root showed it on the demonstration board. Then they replayed it with a partner and came up with a different third move to avoid the checkmate.  The advanced group learned the King and Pawn vs. King win. Dr. Root showed it on the demonstration board (White: Ke3, Pe2; Black Ke5 and Black to move). Dr. Root told a story to help them remember to keep the white king in front of its pawn. Then the students worked in groups of three to come up with their own script (notation) and story. They will present their versions of the ending on the demonstration board or as living chess games next week. Both these lesson plans are in Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities.

 
ST. VINCENT'S CHESS #9 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Nov 13 2013 (21:55)

For the beginner and intermediate groups at St. Vincent's School, Dr. Alexey Root taught the Create challenge from Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14. In the Create challenge, children cooperatively create a 10-move chess game that includes three en passant captures. Both groups notated their games.

In the advanced group, students tried the Philidor rook and pawn vs. rook ending. Then Dr. Root taught the ending and showed how it can simplify to last week’s king and pawn versus king draw. Then students practiced it again, with what they learned from Dr. Root.

 
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.

 
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