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ST. VINCENT'S CHESS #7 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey Root on Wed, Feb 20 2013 (23:44)

February 20, 2013

Castling for Beginners and Intermediates

Taught the rules of castling while in a whole class setting at the demonstration board (called on students for whether castling is possible in certain situations). Then, “Game Theory” challenge from Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14. Notation was required from Intermediate group.

Petroff’s Defense for Advanced Players

Advanced group requested to study openings. For the opening, taught “Move Order Mystery” from Science, Math, Checkmate.

At the start of class, from last week, asked about White: Na1, Kh8 Black: Pawn a2, Ka3, Black to move. Ask: Where would the white king need to be to draw this position?

 

 
GREENHILL CHESS #13 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey Root on Tue, Feb 19 2013 (23:50)

February 19, 2013

Create-A-Checkmate

For the Beginners, I gave the students examples of what is stalemate and what is checkmate (using a King and Queen vs. King) as models first, on the demonstration board. Then I said, “You have a king and queen. Your partner has a king. Set up 5 different positions that are checkmates and two that are stalemates.” Then they showed me the 7 positions they created.

Scholar’s Mate for Experienced and Advanced (two separate classes)

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HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #21 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Feb 15 2013 (19:01)

Denton High School chess club students played notated games to prepare for tomorrow’s match against the University of North Texas chess club.

 
ST. VINCENT'S CHESS #6 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Feb 13 2013 (22:24)

I taught the “Coco Can’t Wait” activity from my book Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving (Libraries Unlimited, www.lu.com, 2008, pp. 69-71)

The plan was taught to the Beginning and Intermediate groups. The beginners were called on individually to provide moves (verbally, in notation) for Coco and Grandma, which I made on the demonstration board and wrote in notation on the chalkboard. Some students copied that notation into their scorebooks.

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GREENHILL CHESS #11 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Feb 12 2013 (22:44)

I borrowed Coco can't wait by Taro Gomi (1993) from the Blagg-Huey Library (Texas Woman’s University) Denton - Children's Collection - Big Books to teach the “The Knights Can’t Wait ” activity from my book Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving (Libraries Unlimited, www.lu.com, 2008, pp. 69-71) In its most straight-forward form, the plan The Knights Can’t Wait can be taught to first- through fifth-grade classrooms. It could also be a library story time for primary or upper elementary children. In those grade levels, students will comprehend the story, learn life lessons from discussing it, and learn how a knight moves.

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HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #20 (AND RECENT RESULTS) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Feb 08 2013 (19:34)

Denton HS chess team finished second at Region 3 (1-19-13) and finished first at Region 2 (2-2-13). Denton High School is located in the Texas Chess Association Region 2 so is now the Region 2 chess team champion. Both tournaments were covered by the Denton Record-Chronicle, the local newspaper. In the Region 3 tournament, William was first individual and Luis was tenth individual. Six Denton High School chess players competed. At the Region 2 tournament, three Denton High School players competed. William was second individual, Austin was third individual, and Luis was fourth individual. Alex showed one of his games from the Region 3 tournament. When showing the game on the Smart Board (demonstration board on a screen), he paused it at critical points so his classmates could analyze (on their boards) what should happen next.

 
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