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. Root’s book Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14. They notated their games. Dr. Root had pairs show her their notated Game Theory (castling) games and tested students on the K…
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 important aspect of notation: It’s evidence of what was played.
24 March 2015
  Dr. Alexey Root was interviewed for the Invest in Chess blog.
24 March 2015
  Dr. Alexey Root had students try a Knight’s Tour on one blank diagram before they played Battleship Chess. Several students decided to try a Knight’s Tour again, on a new blank diagram. The Knight’s Tour is in Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities and Battleship Chess is in Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators. Dr. Root continued testing students on the king and two rooks vs. king checkmate (beginners), king and queen versus king checkmate (intermediate), and king and rook vs. king checkmate (advanced).


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