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GREENHILL CHESS #5 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Oct 14 2014 (21:22)

For October 14, Dr. Alexey Root taught the Tandem Chess exercise from People, Places, Checkmates: Teaching Social Studies with Chess. Students in the A group partnered with students in the C group. B group students partnered together. Thus teams were balanced to play one tandem game as White and one tandem game as Black against another team. For example, a team of a A and C player played two tandem games versus a team of two B players. Since usually students only interact with students in their own group, this exercise gave students an opportunity to get to know others in the Greenhill School Chess Club.

 
GREENHILL CHESS #4 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Thu, Oct 09 2014 (06:54)

The beginners learned the values of the chessmen, for example a queen is worth nine pawns. Then the beginners played Exercise 7 “Queen versus Rook and Bishop.” from Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities.

Dr. Root tested the handful of intermediate and advanced students on their knowledge of en passant who had not been previously tested. While Dr. Root tested those students individually, the rest of the students played Battleship Chess, a drill from Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators.

 
EL PASO CHESS PRESENTATIONS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Oct 04 2014 (07:43)

Dr. Alexey Root will present about “Chess in Libraries and Schools” on Friday, October 10 (2-4 p.m., Dorris Van Doren Branch Library) and Saturday, October 11 (10 a.m. to noon, Ysleta Branch Library). These El Paso, Texas presentations are free and open to the public. The October 11 presentation is followed by a chess tournament.

 
GREENHILL CHESS #3 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Sep 30 2014 (21:52)

For Beginners:

Dr. Root asked how to move a bishop from one location to another in the fewest number of moves. For example, "How can you move a bishop from f1 to f5?" (Similar drill will be done for capturing on f5). The student should respond either, "Bf1-d3-f5" or "Bf1-h3-f5." After one of those possible best responses, Dr. Root moved the bishop as indicated.

Practice: Then students partnered up to try this with each other. One student chose a place for the bishop to be and a place for it to move to. Then that second student moved the bishop in the fewest number of moves. Then students set up bishop mazes for each other. The mazes lesson plan is in more detail in Dr. Root’s book Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving, Mazes and Monsters lesson activity.

For Intermediate and Advanced Players:

Students tried Exercise 7 “Queen versus Rook and Bishop.” from Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities. Then students practiced the king and queen against king checkmate. 

While students were practicing those drills, Dr. Root called individual students over to her to have them show how en passant works.

 
GREENHILL CHESS #2 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Sep 23 2014 (22:03)

Dr. Root taught mazes to the beginners. After Dr. Root presented a sample maze on the demonstration board, students set up a mazes for each other then captured each chessman in the maze with a rook. From Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving.

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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.

 
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