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GREENHILL CHESS #16 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Mar 12 2013 (20:38)

All groups practiced forks from Beginning Chess by Bruce Pandolfini.

Beginner Group: I announced just one fork 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 fork problems.

 

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #24 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey Root on Fri, Mar 08 2013 (19:21)
On Friday, March 8, Dr. Alexey Root used 10 pin problems from Bruce Pandolfini, Beginning Chess, 1993, New York: Fireside. Her directions were to “Number your notebook paper from 1-10. Write your answer in

notation (i.e. 1. Be4) to each problem. After you and your partner have both written answers, you may discuss your answers and modify them as desired. Turn in your notebook paper, making sure your names are on it, to the teacher when you are done. DO NOT WRITE ON THIS PAPER!” The reasons to write down an answer before discussing (or touching the board) are so each student in the pair has a chance to figure out the answer and to mimic a game (where one should figure out the correct move before moving). The directive to not write on the paper was so that she could use these problems again with other chess groups. Here is a sample problem, with the page given from Pandolfini (1993) as a reference.

W: Kc4, Bf3, Pb3

B: Kf7, Qe6

White to move. (Answer: p. 205, #2)

After Denton High School chess club members finished all 10 pin (or putting pressure on a pinned piece) problems, Dr. Root corrected their written answers. If any were missed, the students went back to their chess boards to try again.

 
ST. VINCENT'S CHESS #9; CHESS EDUCATOR AT UT DALLAS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey Root on Thu, Mar 07 2013 (11:01)

For Dr. Root's March 6, 2013 chess lessons at St. Vincent's School, she taught Battleship chess from Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators. Once the pawn is promoted, the students tried to conduct the king and queen checkmate. For all groups, Battleship Chess was the default activity when not being tested. Battleship Chess involves a king and four pawns against a king and four pawns.

Adaptation for Beginner Group: Dr. Root assessed individual students on whether they knew how to castle (kingside and queenside) using the Game Theory challenge from Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14.

Adaptation for Intermediate Group: While the other pairs play Battleship Chess, Dr. Root tested one student at a time on the K and Q vs. K mate or K and R vs. K mate.

Adaptation for Advanced Group: While the other pairs play Battleship Chess,  Dr. Root tested one student at a time on K & P vs. K win (promotion to a Q). After teaching at St. Vincent's School, Dr. Root drove to UT Dallas to attend the Chess Educator of the Year award ceremony. Katie Dellamaggiore, director of Brooklyn Castle, was honored. Dr. Root will write about the Chess Educator evening for Chess Life magazine.

 
GREENHILL CHESS #15 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Mar 05 2013 (21:29)

All groups

Battleship chess from Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators. Once a pawn (or more than one pawn) has promoted, students tried to checkmate using the king and queen (or, sometimes, king and more than one queen).

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #23 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Mar 02 2013 (08:33)

March 1, 2013 was the last day of the round robin tournament to determine which five Denton High School chess players will travel to SuperNationals V (April 5-7, Nashville). Read the April 2013 issue of Chess Life for Kids to learn who qualified and how Denton High School raised funds to make the trip possible. Also on Friday, March 1, Dr. Alexey Root used 10 fork problems from Bruce Pandolfini, Beginning Chess, 1993, New York: Fireside. Her directions were to “Number your notebook paper from 1-10. Write your answer in

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ST. VINCENT’S CHESS #8 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Feb 27 2013 (22:40)

How to castle queenside for Beginners

How to castle queenside “PBJ” group writing exercise, as more time on castling rules (especially queenside castling) is needed.

Explanation: When my daughter was in fourth grade, students wrote essays about “How to make a PBJ” sandwich. It was important not to leave out a step, like “use a knife” or the teacher acting out the essay would spread the PB with hands instead. Students contributed sentences which I wrote on the board. When they were done, I played out the essay steps and we found that the king ended up the b-file. It should have ended up on the c-file. This gave me a chance to correct the misunderstanding. Then students notated a game until each side castled queenside successfully. This lesson was an adaptation of the “How to Castle” activity from Chapter 4 of my Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving.

 

Petroff Defense for Intermediates

Taught the first moves of the Petroff Defense (Russian Defense) from page 40 of Yasser Seirawan’s Winning Chess Openings (Seattle, WA: Microsoft Press). The plan is also part of my “Openings around the World” from Chapter 4 of my Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving. Students copied the moves into their scorebooks. Then they memorized those moves and were tested on their memories. When they passed, they continued by notating the game (from move 9 onwards) that began with the Petroff Defense.

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