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GREENHILL CHESS #19 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Apr 09 2013 (22:11)

Each group spent about 15 minutes with me. When not with me, each group played chess games supervised by the Chess Program Director.

Basic Endgame Checkmates, part four (part 3 was 4-3-13). White to move.

For Beginners: White: Ke1 + Qd1 + Rh1 vs. Black Ke5 checkmate and also White Ke1 + Ra1 + Rh1 vs. Black Ke5 checkmate.

For Experienced: White Ke1 + Ra1 + Rh1 vs. Black Ke5 checkmate and also White Ke1 + Qa1 vs. Black Kd5 checkmate.

For Advanced: White Ke1 + Qa1 vs. Black Kd5 checkmate and also White Ke1 + Rh1 vs. Black Ke5.

For all groups, I demonstrated the second listed checkmate on the demonstration board. That checkmate is a new checkmate to that group. Then students partnered up to practice and to be tested by me. Students who were proficient moved on to more challenging basic checkmates.

 

 
DENTON HIGH SCHOOL CHESS AT SUPERNATIONALS V PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Apr 09 2013 (09:21)

Read about Denton High School chess club in the April and June issues of Chess Life for Kids. Here are the ratings gains by Denton High School chess club members who went to SuperNationals V.
In the Championship section (K-12): William Root went from 1696 to 1716 (a record high rating for him by 1 point). He scored 3.5 of 7 (3 wins, 1 draw).
In the Under 1600 section (K-12): Austin McGregor went from 1385 to 1517. He scored 5 of 7 (4 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss).
Luis Guevara went from 1269 to 1272. He scored 2 of 7 (2 wins, 5 losses).
In the Under 800 section (K-12): Alex Elizalde went from 661 to 679. He scored 4 of 7 (4 wins, 3 losses).
Jason Van Horn went from 675 to 719. He scored 4 of 7 (3 wins, 2 draws, 2 losses).

 
GREENHILL CHESS #18 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Apr 02 2013 (18:12)

Each group spent about 15 minutes with me. When not with me, each group played chess games supervised by the Chess Program Director.

Basic Endgame Checkmates, part three (part 2 was 10-16-12). White to move.

For Beginners: White: Ke1 + Qd1 + Rh1 vs. Black Ke5 checkmate.

For Experienced: White Ke1 + Ra1 + Rh1 vs. Black Ke5 checkmate.

For Advanced: White Ke1 + Qa1 vs. Black Kd5 checkmate.

For the Beginner and Experienced groups, I demonstrated the checkmate on the demonstration board first. Since this was the third time this academic year on these basic checkmates (though the first time for newcomers to the spring program), I called on students to play moves for both sides and just gave guiding comments to them. Then students partnered up to practice and to be tested by me. Students who were proficient can move on to more challenging basic checkmates (such as K and R vs. K).

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #25 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Mar 22 2013 (20:36)

Dr. Alexey Root had Denton High School students try to solve a ninth-century chess problem, published in her book People, Places, Checkmates: Teaching Social Studies with Chess. While experienced students worked on that problem, Dr. Root taught two beginners the two-rook checkmate, the Pawn Game, and the knight’s tour. Among other places, lesson plans for those chess drills can be found in Dr. Root’s Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators and Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving.

 
ST. VINCENT'S CHESS #10 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Mar 20 2013 (22:12)

March 20, 2013 was the last day for St. Vincent’s School chess club for the 2012-2013 academic year. Two students at a time visited me, for about 8 minutes per pair, for me to review their notated games with them. Each pair visiting brought a game that they had played against each other. The student who had played White sat on the White side of the board. The student who had played Black sat on the Black side of the board. I sat on the sidelines. The students made moves for their own sides, following the notation on their

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GREENHILL CHESS #17 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Mar 19 2013 (21:16)

All groups practiced pins similar to those found in Beginning Chess by Bruce Pandolfini.

Beginner Group: I announced just one pin problem at a time, putting the problem on the demonstration board and writing it on the notepad. Students did not set up the problem on their boards. They were asked to write their answers and then we discussed them.

Adaptation for Experienced Group: After two example problems, I did not put the problem on the demonstration board. Students set up each problem on their own boards. Then they wrote their answers before discussing with their partners.

Adaptation for Advanced Group: Same as for Experienced Group but they solved more pin problems.

 
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