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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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GREENHILL CHESS #14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey Root on Wed, Feb 27 2013 (12:58)

Beginners

Taught the K and Q vs. K mate (knight’s-move-away method) on the demonstration board and then gave the students time to practice it.

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

Continued the lesson plan from Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities (Chapter 3), which is to have students nominate alternative third moves for Black. Dr. Root wrote the recommended third moves and the recommending students’ names on a pad of paper. Then Dr. Root had students, in pairs, test and debate which move was the BEST defending move. Then had a whole class discussion about it with a recommendation for one overall best move.

 

 

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #22 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey Root on Fri, Feb 22 2013 (21:04)

The Denton High School chess club’s twenty-second meeting of 2012-2013 came on February 22. Some students played their round robin games to try to qualify to be on our traveling team to SuperNationals V. For the others, Dr. Root taught the activity “Move Order Mystery,” about the Petroff Defense, from Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving.

 
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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