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GREENHILL CHESS #8 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Oct 29 2013 (22:41)

At Greenhill School chess club on Tuesday, October 29, Dr. Alexey Root taught the Wolf and Sheep activity from Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities. For the beginner group, she taught the value of the pieces after the students experienced the power of the queen (9 points) against the eight pawns (each pawn is one point). For the intermediate and advanced groups, she added kings for both sides. Thus one side had a king and queen and the other had a king and eight pawns. Dr. Root had the students play until checkmate. While pairs were trying this drill, she also took individual students aside to test them on the two-rook checkmate, king and queen checkmate, and king and rook checkmate.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #8 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Oct 25 2013 (18:37)

William R. presented his final round game from October 12 at the Denton High School chess club meeting. His win in that game got him first place, and the $1000 scholarship, in the Scott Watson Memorial Chess Classic. As he presented the moves and commentary, pairs of students followed along on their own boards. William paused the game to allow pairs to figure out what might have happened next. At the end of club, Mr. Mueller and Dr. Alexey Root passed out permission forms for the November 15 trip to UT Dallas and to Dallas Chess Club.

 
ST. VINCENT'S CHESS #6 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Oct 23 2013 (19:17)

At St. Vincent’s School chess club, Dr. Alexey Root had the beginners play “Wolf versus Sheep,” a drill from Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities. The intermediates solved up to eight problems from worksheets from Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14. The advanced students took a “UIL Chess Test” and then Dr. Root reviewed the 20 answers of that test with them.

 
GREENHILL CHESS #7 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Oct 23 2013 (14:03)

All three Greenhill School groups (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) solved problems on different worksheets taken from Dr. Alexey Root’s book Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #7 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Oct 18 2013 (21:29)
At Denton High School chess club, Alex E. showed one of his games from the Scott Watson Memorial Chess tournament to other chess club members, who followed along on sets and boards. Alex paused the game at key moments so that the pairs following along could figure out the best continuations. Alex E. was one of 7 Denton High players at the tournament. The team result was third place and one Denton HS player, William R., took first individual and the $1000 scholarship.
 
ST. VINCENT'S CHESS #5 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Oct 16 2013 (21:01)
For the advanced and intermediate groups, Dr. Alexey Root taught the five types of draws: by agreement, stalemate, three-time repetition, 50-move rule, and insufficient material. For the stalemate, 50-move rule, and insufficient material types Dr. Root had students, in pairs, come up with examples of these draws.
The advanced group also participated in "The Knights Can't Wait" activity from Science, Math, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities. The beginners played a Queen versus Bishop and Rook exercise from Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities.
 
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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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