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HUMMINGBIRD CHESS CAMP PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Sep 23 2014 (20:44)

For four years (1991, 1996, 2004, and 2005) I taught at Hummingbird Chess Camp, held during one week of the Hummingbird Music Camp (Jemez Springs, NM). The founder of the chess camp, Elliott Higgins, passed away today. Hummingbird is a magical place. I am grateful to Elliott for hiring me to teach at the camp. He also gave wonderful tours, told great stories, and had a passion for music and for chess. I would like to express my condolences to the Higgins family.

 
GREENHILL CHESS #1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Sep 16 2014 (18:23)
For the first meeting of Greenhill Chess for the fall of 2014, chess club sponsor Cathleen Garcia went over the rules and procedures. Alexey Root taught the Classify activity (from Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14) to the beginner group. She taught the Scholar’s Mate activity (from Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities) to the intermediate and advanced groups.
 
GREENHILL SCHOOL CHESS CAMP PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Jul 26 2014 (07:57)

Dr. Alexey Root taught at the Greenhill School Chess Camp July 14-18 and July 21-25, 12:30-3:30 p.m. each day. The first week she had 12 students and the second week 10 students. Two other coaches had other groups: One had a less advanced group and the other a more advanced group. In Dr. Root's group, most students (ages 5-8; entering grades 1-4 this fall) started the week knowing the names of the chessmen and how some of them moved but not knowing en passant, promotion, or castling. She taught (and tested on) the two-rook checkmate and the king and queen versus king checkmate. (A couple students each week passed those tests and were working on king and rook versus king by week’s end). After discussing that these basic checkmates are like sports drills, students practiced for their tests (how many moves to checkmate from a start position where the defending king was in the center) even during free-play chess time. Students also loved the chess “Simon Says” game introduced during a restroom break time on day one. They would play it in the hallway outside the restrooms (with one of them being Simon) on every subsequent day’s restroom break. To teach castling and en passant, Dr. Root used the “Game Theory” and “Create” challenges from her latest book Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14.

 
MAY 24 CHESS TOURNAMENT PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, May 21 2014 (10:27)

Thanks to those who joined Denton High School chess club players and tournament director Alexey Root at a non-rated tournament for middle and high school students on Saturday, May 24.

UPDATED: Results are at this link.


 

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #23 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, May 09 2014 (19:24)

Ten Denton High School chess club students welcomed 20 students (and their parents and chess sponsor) from Newton Rayzor Elementary. The high school students taught small groups (2-4 students) the two-rook checkmate, the Pawn Game (or Battleship Chess), and UIL Chess Puzzle solving. The elementary students had time to practice. Dr. Alexey Root dismissed the elementary school students with a game of chess Simon Says. The activities taught today can be found in Dr. Root’s books.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #22 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Apr 25 2014 (19:14)

Denton High School students played bughouse. Three new members learned chess from the Chess Club Secretary. There was food, particularly lots of cookies. This was the last regular meeting of the 2013-2014 year. However, two more important events are coming up May 9 (visit of elementary school students) and May 24 (tournament at Denton Public Library).

 
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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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