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Written by Alexey W. Root on Mon, Aug 08 2016 (12:38)

Dr. Root taught eight chess campers, ages 6-8 years old, who had some (but not much) experience at chess, from August 1-5 at Greenhill School. Here are her outlines for each camp day.

Monday:

Classify Challenge, from Thinking With Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14.

The Knights Can’t Wait, from Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving

Discussion of drills in sports, music, and chess, so campers realize that in all sports/hobbies/games one isolates and practices specific basic skills.

Endgame Checkmate Drills: Two Rook Checkmate (One Queen Checkmate for those who tested successfully on the two-rook checkmate)

Pawn Game

Play for fun

Tuesday:

Rules of castling (explained by Dr. Root)

Game Theory Challenge, about castling, from Thinking With Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14, one side of room versus other then played against one-on-one against other classmates

Battleship Chess, from Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators

Pawn Game

Play for fun

Wednesday:

Fool’s Mate

Scholar's Mate, how to stop it, introduction to notation, from Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy With Chess Activities

What are tactics? Answer: Usually ways to win material, which can then help us win games (see Endgame Checkmate drills for one example of why being a rook ahead is good).

What is a fork? A pin? A skewer? (etc.) (examples on demonstration board)

10 tactics problems from Pandolfini's Beginning Chess

Basic Endgame Checkmates (practicing and testing)

Play for fun

Thursday:

en passant

Create Challenge, about en passant, from Thinking With Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14

Basic Endgame Checkmates (practicing and testing)

Play for fun

Friday

Six checkmate-in-one problems with partners (set up on boards after reading notation on dry erase board; writing answers in notation), testing on drills, play for fun

final exam:

Demonstrate castling, en passant, the two-rook checkmate, one-queen checkmate, and one-rook checkmate, depending on how far the camper got on these drills earlier in the week. After Friday's final exams, three campers had mastered the two-rook mate, two had passed the one-queen mate, and three had passed the one-rook mate.

 

 

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