Chess Experts

  Dr. Alexey Root gave a simultaneous exhibition (a "simul") at the Denton Public Library, North Branch, Saturday at 2 p.m. Ten players initially faced Dr. Root. After some lost, a total of 18 players participated. Dr. Root won 20 games, as two players played (and lost) twice. She had no draws and no losses. Dr. Root donated one copy of Prepare With Chess Strategy to the Denton Public Library and sold three books to the public. Her toughest game was against a seven-year-old girl. Thanks to Kerol Harrod, librarian, and the Denton Public Library for hosting this event.  45 people…
  Dr. Alexey Root taught at the Coppell Gifted Association’s MOSAIC from July 25-29, 2016. She had four students from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and a different four students from 10:30 a.m. to noon. All students were entering grades 4-8 this fall, which means that the age range was roughly nine years old to thirteen years old. Because none of the students had been in MOSAIC week one for chess, Dr. Root reused those plans from June 6-10 (see June 10th MonRoi blog posting for those lesson outlines). Since the groups were smaller, giving Dr. Root more one-on-one time to help…
  Dr. Alexey Root taught the older and more chess-experienced campers July 18-22 at Greenhill School. Class size varied from five to eight campers as some campers had trips or other events scheduled during the week. Here is an outline of her plans for the week. Monday: Have campers play for fun and assess their chess levels. Discuss drills in chess and compare to drills in sports and music. Teach the two – rook checkmate and have campers practice in pairs. Test campers individually on the two-rook checkmate and, for those who have mastered it, teach the one-queen checkmate. Pairs of…


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