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GREENHILL SCHOOL: CHESS AUGUST 1-5 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Mon, Aug 08 2016 (12:38)

Dr. Root taught eight chess campers, ages 6-8 years old, who had some (but not much) experience at chess, from August 1-5 at Greenhill School. Here are her outlines for each camp day.

Monday:

Classify Challenge, from Thinking With Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14.

The Knights Can’t Wait, from Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving

Discussion of drills in sports, music, and chess, so campers realize that in all sports/hobbies/games one isolates and practices specific basic skills.

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SIMUL ARTICLE ON CHESSBASE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sun, Jul 31 2016 (08:45)

Dr. Alexey Root wrote an article for ChessBase News on simultaneous chess exhibitions (simuls).

 
DENTON PUBLIC LIBRARY CHESS SIMUL PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Jul 30 2016 (16:59)

Dr. Alexey Root gave a simultaneous exhibition (a "simul") at the Denton Public Library, North Branch, Saturday at 2 p.m. Ten players initially faced Dr. Root. After some lost, a total of 18 players participated. Dr. Root won 20 games, as two players played (and lost) twice. She had no draws and no losses. Dr. Root donated one copy of Prepare With Chess Strategy to the Denton Public Library and sold three books to the public. Her toughest game was against a seven-year-old girl. Thanks to Kerol Harrod, librarian, and the Denton Public Library for hosting this event.  45 people came to the event, as there were spectators and family members along with the chess players. The last game finished at about 3:30 p.m., so 1.5 hours for 20 games.

 
CHESS CAMP: MOSAIC WEEK TWO PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Jul 29 2016 (15:24)
Dr. Alexey Root taught at the Coppell Gifted Association’s MOSAIC from July 25-29, 2016. She had four students from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and a different four students from 10:30 a.m. to noon. All students were entering grades 4-8 this fall, which means that the age range was roughly nine years old to thirteen years old. Because none of the students had been in MOSAIC week one for chess, Dr. Root reused those plans from June 6-10 (see June 10th MonRoi blog posting for those lesson outlines). Since the groups were smaller, giving Dr. Root more one-on-one time to help each student on drills, the students were able to progress further on the basic endgame checkmate drills, with all students mastering up K and Q vs. K and a couple students making it as far as K + B + N vs. K. On the last day (Friday, July 29), Dr. Root played simuls. She lost to one parent-child combination but won the rest of the games and sold two books (donating $2 from each sale to Coppell Gifted Association).
 
CHESS CAMP: GREENHILL SCHOOL ADVANCED PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Jul 22 2016 (21:37)

Dr. Alexey Root taught the older and more chess-experienced campers July 18-22 at Greenhill School. Class size varied from five to eight campers as some campers had trips or other events scheduled during the week. Here is an outline of her plans for the week. Monday: Have campers play for fun and assess their chess levels. Discuss drills in chess and compare to drills in sports and music. Teach the two –rook checkmate and have campers practice in pairs. Test campers individually on the two-rook checkmate and, for those who have mastered it, teach the one-queen checkmate.

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CHESS CAMP: GREENHILL SCHOOL BEGINNERS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Jul 15 2016 (11:34)

Dr. Root taught six chess campers, ages 6-9 years old, who were beginners at chess, from July 11-15 at Greenhill School. Two campers had no prior knowledge of chess, and two others had a shaky knowledge, for example moving rooks like knights sometimes. Here are her outlines for each camp day.

Monday:

Classify Challenge, from Thinking With Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14.

Mazes and Monsters, from Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving

Discussion of drills in sports, music, and chess, so campers realize that in all sports/hobbies/games one isolates and practices specific basic skills.

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