16 September 2016
  I (Alexey Root) saw the Disney film Queen of Katwe today. I really enjoyed it. The film has a heart-warming story and the actors are convincing in their roles. Queen of Katwe also has plenty of chess scenes to satisfy the chess players in the audience. One game featured a three-on-three pawn position (like the 3-on-3 activity in my book Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving).  Another game has a smothered mate, like a game I have in Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators.
  Dr. Alexey Root gave a simultaneous exhibition (a "simul") at the Audelia Road Branch Library, Sunday, August 28, at 2 p.m. Fifteen players initially faced Dr. Root. After three players finished and their spots were refilled, a total of 18 players participated. Dr. Root won 17 games and drew one game. She had no losses. Dr. Root sold six copies of Prepare With Chess Strategy. Her toughest game was the draw against Courtenay Thompson, who told Dr. Root before the event that he was about 1400-rated chess strength. Thanks to Librarian Liz Kwan, Library Associate Martin Moomaw, and Branch…
  Dr. Alexey Root taught a Chess merit badge workshop and ran a tournament from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (12-12:30 p.m. lunch break) at the National Scouting Museum. Thirteen Scouts attended. One Scoutmaster adult participated so that the day had an even number.  Requirements were covered but only 10 of the 13 Scouts were able to complete their badge on August 27. The hardest requirements were 5a (explaining four elements of strategy), 5b (explaining five tactics), and 5d (solving five direct-mate problems, which in this case were checkmate-in-one-move problems). The two rook checkmate (5c) was also challenging for some Scouts initially…
  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 SolvingDiscussion 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 GamePlay for fun…
  Dr. Alexey Root wrote an article for ChessBase News on simultaneous chess exhibitions (simuls).


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