14 April 2015
  For April 14, Dr. Root taught the beginners how to play "bughouse," which is the partner chess game that we usually have time for after the awards ceremony on April 21. For April 14, the intermediate students finished on the King and Queen vs. King checkmate, which they studied before April 14 at CHESSKIDS (Lesson/Quiz: King & Queen Mate). Some intermediate students have passed their King and Queen vs. King tests,…
12 April 2015
  On April 11, 2015, Dr. Alexey Root taught a Chess merit badge workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (12-12:30 p.m. lunch break) at the National Scouting Museum. Sixteen Scouts attended. Requirements 1, 2, 4, and 5 were covered. Between now and April 18, Scouts will teach someone else chess (Requirement 3). And on April 18, Scouts will play a tournament, notating three games, fulfilling Requirement 6.
07 April 2015
  For April 7, the Greenhill School chess beginners notated the four moves of the Scholar's Mate and learned how to defend against it. The Scholar’s Mate lesson plan is in Dr. Alexey Root’s book Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities. The intermediate and advanced played the queenside castling (that is, 0-0-0, castling on the "queenside" of the board files a-d) version of the Game Theory challenge from Dr.…
31 March 2015
  Dr. Alexey Root had Greenhill School chess students try the Game Theory challenge from Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14. The beginners were not required to notate, so they were able to complete both the kingside and queenside castling versions of the challenge. The intermediate and advanced were required to notate, and to demonstrate (by replaying their notation for Dr. Root) their kingside challenges. Thus they realized one…
24 March 2015
  Dr. Alexey Root was interviewed for the Invest in Chess blog.


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